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.
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
- 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
- Nationalizing local police forces
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
- 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.
- Gomez, Christian (May 16, 2018). DOJ’s Stealth Nationalization of Local Police. The New American. Retrieved May 16, 2018.
- See Psalm 33:12, for example.