I was watching Rachel Maddow last night and this clip reminded me once again that the words “small government” are empty:
immigration legislation that is being considered in Arizon (that allows police to ask anyone who doesn’t look like they’re “American” to see “their papers” in order to make sure they’re here legally) are both examples of how conservatives may claim to support smaller government, but they don’t actually believe in the principles of smaller government.
That’s one of the reasons why conservatives don’t agree with most of libertarian ideas, like ending public education, even though they would genuinely make the government smaller.
Obviously there is nothing wrong with being conservative. Just know that when someone claims they’re conservative because they believe in fiscal responsibility or limited government, they’re probably blowing smoke up your ass.