As I said last week, I think the government is too big and it should be smaller. The primary reason government constantly gets bigger is because politicians keep passing more laws. The problem is, we already have way too many. A Game of Thrones novel is 1000 pages, which is considered huge. The Federal Register, the listing of all the laws in the federal government, is over 81,000 pages long. And of course, it grows almost every year. And that doesn’t include any state or local laws; those are in addition to that.
So I don’t want any more laws. I would rather politicians start repealing (and not replacing) laws. Laws mean restrictions, and we’re already restricted quite enough, especially considering we in the West are considered “free” (which, of course, we are not).
However, there is one strong exception to this. There is one time, and only one time where it makes sense to pass new laws. That is when laws are enacted to restrict politicians, those running to become politicians, and government employees. Those are good restrictions.
When the government restricts you, the private citizen, that’s bad. But when the government restricts (or at least tries to restrict) those who have power over you (politicians and government employees) or those who seek power over you (those who are running for political office), that’s good. Actually, it’s great. The less power government politicians, candidates, and employees have, the less they can abuse you and restrict your personal freedoms.
Unsurprisingly, having this opinion puts me at odds against both left-wingers and right-wingers. The left and the right love laws that restrict government entities or people on the other side, but when it restricts government entities or people they like, they get upset.
Here are a few examples. Because I favor more restrictions on government politicians, candidates, and employees…
1. Am 100% against unions in government. Left-wingers hate that viewpoint. Unions in the private marketplace are fine. Unions in the government are a terrible idea (unless your goal is socialism). It ensures government spending grows for invalid reasons. Also, incompetent government employees should be able to be fired instantly if they do a shitty job, just like they can in the free market.
2. I am for much more restrictions against police officers. Right-wingers hate that viewpoint. Tough shit; if a police officer has that much power over me, including the right to actually kill me if he feels threatened, then he needs a lot of restrictions. If cops don’t like that, they shouldn’t become cops and get less dangerous jobs.
3. Donald Trump should have been forced, by law, to reveal all of his tax returns as a condition for running for president. Trump supporters hate when I say that. They argue, “Fuck the government! They have no right to look into a private businessman’s personal financial affairs! I LIKE that Trump told them to fuck off!”
The problem is that Trump was seeking (and now has) vast power over you via big government. The minute he became one of the final two candidates for president, he was not a private citizen anymore. He loses the right to be treated like a normal citizen. If he wants the power to literally kill me by starting a nuclear war, then tough shit, he needs to have lots of restrictions and safeguards placed on his life and his behavior. (That’s sort of what the entire Constitution is all about.) Otherwise, he skip running for president, remain a private citizen, and keep his right to privacy.
Trump aside, anyone who runs as a final candidate for the Presidency must turn over not only tax returns for the last many years, but medical records, business records, school records (Obama always kept these hidden, and I didn’t like that either), divorce records, results from a full physical given to him by a panel of three independent doctors (not the one doctor the candidate chooses, but a panel chosen for him), and various other data. All of this stuff should be public information so the voters can make an informed decision on the man who (or woman) who will spend their tax dollars and wield vast power against them and their children.
If you’re against this idea, you want less restrictions on the people who run the government; thus, you want bigger government and less freedom for the individual citizen. Which I suppose is fine, but America was founded on a different set of principles.
4. I am opposed to the entire concept of tenure with teachers in public schools. If a teacher starts doing a shitty job educating students, that teacher should be fired. It doesn’t fucking matter how long that teacher has worked there. Oh, it drives left-wingers insane when I say things like this.
I could give many more examples but you get my point.
Whether it’s public teachers, cops, politicians, normal citizens running for office (especially for President!), government employees, or government bureaucrats, laws passed to restrict these people are usually a good thing. Those are only laws that make sense to enact (beyond the basics of don’t kill other people, don’t steal someone else’s stuff, etc).