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Cantor’s Backward Philosophy


When Majority Leader Eric Cantor says that he wants to help people, I have no doubt that he is sincere in his desire; but the government does not exist for the purpose of helping people. I am constantly astonished that this thought make me a radical. Our government doesn’t have the right or constitutional authority to take money from the American People in order to fund pediatric research. That isn’t a legitimate federal function.

I know what you’re saying, “Why do you hate the children“? I use this as an example because the welfare of our children is something that everyone cares deeply about and supports. But if the government has a right to invest in pediatric research, then they have a right to invest in research into pornography, or into questions regarding the psycho-social pathology of American’s condiment decisions, or to pour money into studying the potential link between head injuries and men who spend a significant amount of time slamming their heads into hard moving objects.

The philosophical principle missing amongst the “Compassionate Conservatives” (statists) is that of an objective rule of law and enumerated powers. The Government exists to provide an objective rule of law that applies to every American Citizen equally, and their powers are very specifically defined in our Constitution. That means that the government doesn’t have the right to arbitrarily treat its citizens according to different rules or standards on the basis of ethnicity, religion, gender, or income. Our entire bureaucracy is a constitutional crisis. Unelected and unaccountable individuals are passing laws, called regulations, to which we citizens must comply. If we do not comply we can be fined, and if we refuse to pay the fines, then we can be imprisoned.

The money our governments take from us through taxation is treated with utter contempt and disrespect by those whose job it is to spend that treasure. So obsessed with “helping” businesses and causes, animals and plants, unions and PACS, and a thousand special interests, that even before our tax dollars reach Washington DC, they’ve already been spent. Taxes that you won’t pay for fifteen years have already been spent. Debt. We are in calamitous debt. We cannot afford to give money to specially favored “green companies”, or bailout businesses that are too big to fail, or invest in pediatric research. We cannot afford the cost of the IRS or EPA. Drug companies cannot afford the hundreds of millions of dollars the FDA requires them to fork over before approving their drugs, nor the short period of time those companies have to make a profit on that drug before it’s patent become moot. (And consumers cannot afford to pay the insanely high prices at the drug store, cause by this insane FDA system).

We cannot afford to continue to think about Government as the sort of thing we’re supposed to use to solve problems. That’s what businesses and charities are for, and businesses and charities cannot take your money through force and threat of imprisonment. People are astonished how divided America has become; but why? This government is going to spend us into oblivion and everyone knows it. Everyone is trying desperately to make sure that their money gets spent on causes they like, on businesses they support, on people groups they value, and in communities where they live. Do you think that people in South West Virginia don’t resent the folks in Northern Virginia, who get all the perks and benefits of being a prosthetic extension of Washington and Richmond?

Arbitrary government leads to citizen resenting citizen, and we are no longer bound together as Americans. We are forced to fight against one another for whatever it is the government is dolling out. How is this a sustainable philosophy of government? How can we progress and thrive when our government arbitrarily divides us, one from another? How will we survive when we can no longer afford to pay our debts, or bail out Fannie and Freddie the next time they tank? We need to have a Constitutional Government, the powers of which come specifically from the Constitution, not the Courts, and powers not explicitly granted remain the province of the States and the citizens. Period.

Eric Cantor isn’t going to lead a new Conservative Party. He’s going to continue to grow government. Sure, he’ll spend reckless amounts of money on things Republicans like, just like the Democrats do with their constituents. Maybe it is time we stop fighting over the purse strings and strip our government of its access to our wealth; a treasure they hold in complete contempt anyway.

About Steven Brodie Tucker

Graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Also studied economics and political science at George Mason.

4 Responses to “Cantor’s Backward Philosophy”

  1. Molly Fitzhugh says:

    This is a brilliant piece! You explain the exact reason why politics & government are so inherently DIVISIVE (even amongst many like minded people) and why one of the primary goals of the founders was to have less of it!

  2. SouthPaw

    You all need to lay off Mr Cantor, he has been very busy trying to create jobs and help children. He is sounding more and more like a socialist everyday and I love it personally!

    • Well, eventually he’ll personally preside over a national womens’ history museum. You should celebrate with him at such an historical event! ­čÖé Pelosi will be standing next to him though, holding his hand, and whispering sweet nothings.

  3. DawnaLee

    “My ┬áreading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too ┬ámuch government.” — Thomas Jefferson


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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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