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. ||”|
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
- 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