More or Less — That is the Only Question

By Alden L. Benton

I am burned out on the campaign. 

We have had four years of incessant campaigning by the president.  The campaign for the Republican Party nomination began a year ago.

Now that it is time to make a decision we are now pummeled with non-stop advertising. 

Rule number one is that all political advertising lies and therefore is a waste of our time.  It has become a game for me to see how fast I can hit the mute button when a political ad comes on the television screen.

Now we are in the midst of debate season.  Debates are the quadrennial kabuki theater of the absurd where archrivals stand in front of us and tell us what they have been saying and what the other guy isn’t saying.


The problem is that many so-called independent and undecided voters use the debates as the sole information for choosing a candidate.  

This year, however, the choice is much clearer.  The two candidates are not Tweedledum and Tweedledee clones of the centrist wings of the two parties.

The issues can be distilled into one question: Do you want more government or less government?

Pick any issue facing the United States, and your opinion on how to solve it will come down to this basic question: more or less government.

Dennis Prager says, “The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.”

Barack Obama wants to “spread the wealth around.”

Do you want more or less government?

In 1980, Ronald Reagan asked, “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?”

Do you want more or less government?

When you stand in the voting booth on November 6, as you make your decision remember this quote from Barry Goldwater:

“A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.”

Do you want more or less government?

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One response to “More or Less — That is the Only Question

  1. I understand your argument, Alden. I just don’t accept the premise. I want BETTER government. Sometimes, that means more, and sometimes less. Quality is not determined solely by quantity in government any more than it does in business. Some goals, like building a car or plane require big businesses. But software can be made well by a small business. So I’ll be voting based on whose solutions to problems sound smarter to me, without regard to whether they are based on more or less government.

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