Hatfields and McCoys
Big Government advocates on the left and right prod their constituents into hating their respective opponents by firing shots at each other like the Hatfields and McCoys. They polarize voters by pretending their differences are huge when they are at best trivial - and often don't exist at all. Each groups' politicians are often guilty of exactly the same sins of which they accuse their opponents.
Hatfields and McCoys seduces voters to stay trapped in a cycle of hate - and to keep their attention off the real issue: the ever-growing size of Big Goverment and the damage that it does.
Hatfields and McCoys goes on all the time, but is most pronounced during election season.
To conservatives, Hillary Clinton is a favorite boogie-woman of the Left. Republicans demonized her for attempting to enact federal universal health care in 1993, mocking it as Hillary Care. But since then, most Republicans in Congress have voted to enact provisions of her plan, including Bush's sweeping prescription drug program, infringements on medical privacy, and hundreds of billions of dollars in new spending. Despite this glaring hypocrisy, Hillary maintains her status as a demon among pundits of the right.
Republican spokespersons Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh espouse "fiscal conservatism". Yet they support politicians like Newt Gingrich and George Bush who are fiscally wanton. Both politicians played key roles in massively expanding Big Government spending, debt, and long-term taxation, e.g., the Alternative Minimum Tax.
Democrats sell themselves as the anti-war party when Republicans are in charge and a war is going on. But they are mum about war when a Democrat is in power (e.g., Clinton in Bosnia, JFK and LBJ during the Vietnam war). Liberal standard bearer Ted Kennedy has voted for expanded military spending throughout his career. He, John Kerry, and all the liberal Democrat congressmen from Massachusetts never miss a chance to maximize federal funding of Massachusetts military bases and military contractors.
Democrat politicians boast of being defenders of civil liberties. But liberal standard bearers Ted Kennedy and Tip O'Neill championed Mandatory Minimum Sentences of drug offenders in the 1980s, leading to the incarceration of nearly a million non-violent offenders, many of whom are black, Hispanic, or other minorities. In the lates 1990's, long after the destructive impact of the Drug Prohibition was known, Kennedy continued to vote to expand it, including the deadly and utterly ineffective war in Columbia - while he was accepting campaign donations from the makers of the Blackhawk helicoptor used in that war.
2004 Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry sponsored legislation to enable federal agents to snoop into our private affairs in violation of the BIll of Rights - before 9/11. The legislation Kerry wrote was later used in the Patriot Act.
How much more un-civil libertarian can you get?
The real winner of the 2004 presidential election was Hatred. Hatred towards both John Kerry and George Bush. The losers were the American people who squandered an opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions about small government versus Big Government alternatives to government policy.
Post-election, the Hatred Parties rally on as partisan media pundits fuel the fire and as emails circulate from both Kerry and Bush supporters deriding the residents of red and blue states, respectively.
Do you reject these meaningless, hateful, and destructive distinctions "left vs. right", "red vs. blue", "conservative vs. liberal"?
Do you believe the only distinction that really matters is Big Government vs. small government?
Do you believe that what America needs more than anything else is to shrink Big Government - and make it small?
Are you committed to voting small government, every issue, every time? If so, please take the Small Government Pledge.