Big Government refers to a government that is excessively influential in the everyday lives of citizens, often due to its far-reaching agencies.
Ronald Reagan advocated a position that the government was too big, and smaller government would serve the people better in contrast to the left wing approach which has an emphasis on big government. Conservatives, as well as libertarians, believe in smaller and more effective government, as well as the principles of self-governance and subsidiarity. A strong correlation exists between big government and low economic growth, and big government is costly to citizens.
Pat Buchanan wrote:
|“||The mammoth government we have today is a result of politicians rushing to solve "crises" by creating and empowering new federal agencies.||”|
Justice James Ho of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals observed the connection between big government, big money, and political polarization:
|“||If you don't like big money in politics, then you should oppose big government in our lives. Because the former is a necessary consequence of the latter ... When government grows larger, when regulators pick more and more economic winners and losers, participation in the political process ceases to be merely a citizen's prerogative — it becomes a human necessity.||”|
Examples of big government policies
- Any policy that results in reduced individual freedom (see War on Freedom)
- Globalism and one-world government (leaders are more remote from the people, lack of self-governance)
- Gun control
- Animal rights
- Federalized education
- Court-legislated anti-Christian morality (Roe v. Wade, etc.)
- Anti-homeschooling or -school choice
- Anti-religious liberty
- Government interference on the definition of marriage through issuing marriage licenses; also, not only making the definition of marriage a government issue, but also making it a federal issue
- Excessive bureaucratic regulations
- Nationalizing local police forces
- Open borders and mass immigration
- Compulsory vaccination
- The United Kingdom's policy of confiscating one's wealth if suspected of living beyond one's official income while the burden of proof is on the person to prove that he legally acquired the money or property.
- Overcriminalization of laws
- Chinese coronavirus - Chinese Communist Party response
Other claimed policies
Some people, such as liberals and many libertarians, claim the following policies they oppose are big government policies, while conservatives and Christians either view them in an entirely different category as necessary common sense moral guidelines, or point out that such complete bans do not actually exist, despite liberal claims:
- Banning marijuana
- Banning pornography
- Banning same-sex "marriage"
- Banning abortion, euthanasia, or assisted suicide
- Banning alcohol
- Banning tobacco
- Banning gambling
- Banning prostitution
- Carr, Douglas (May 29, 2019). Size matters: The case for small government. The Hill. Retrieved May 30, 2019.
- Michel, Adam (June 18, 2019). Big government costs the little guy. The Hill. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
- Multiple references:
- Klukowski, Ken (April 20, 2018). Trump Judge Pushes for Original Meaning of 1st Amendment. Breitbart News. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
- Smith, Bradley A. (May 2, 2018). Trump-appointed judge delivers fantastic campaign finance opinion in first ruling. Washington Examiner. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
- Reilly, Amanda; Cahlink, George (May 17, 2018). 'Elections matter': Trump's judicial picks on a roll. E&E News. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
- Newman, Alex (December 11, 2019). Totalitarians Working to Crush Homeschooling in America. The New American. Retrieved December 11, 2019.
- Salles, Alice (October 22, 2019). Experts: Excessive Regulations Promote Corporatism, Hurt Taxpayers. The Epoch Times. Retrieved October 22, 2019.
- Gomez, Christian (May 16, 2018). DOJ’s Stealth Nationalization of Local Police. The New American. Retrieved May 16, 2018.
- Munro, Neil (April 22, 2019). Immigration Funds Bigger Government, Says 2020 Democrat Buttigieg. Breitbart News. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
- Terrell, Rebecca (May 7, 2019). Forced Vaccinations: Is It Time for Big Brother to Become Your Doctor? The New American. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
- Olson, Walter (June 13, 2019). Britain's unexplained wealth orders give the state too much power. Washington Examiner. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
- Trautman, Lars (October 21, 2019). How overcriminalization is turning everyday Americans into lawbreakers. Washington Examiner. Retrieved October 22, 2019.
- Lehrer, Eli (December 9, 2019). America has too many criminal laws. The Hill. Retrieved December 9, 2019.
- See Psalm 33:12, for example.