Why has the Tea Party Failed at Reducing the Size of Government?

If liberal fear mongers are correct, the Tea Party is at the very height of its power. Yet so many elected Tea Party Republicans have failed to rein in the federal government. They were elected on a promise none of them have been able to fulfill:

In the American scheme of government-by-special-interests, the instinctive conservative sympathy for states’ rights and business interests can be a dangerous trap, leading even the most ardent champions of limited government and economic freedom to embrace policies that violate both. Even now, lawmakers elected with Tea Party support are being waylaid by lobbyists armed with quaint mid-20th century economic nonsense about how “public convenience” justifies limits on competition for this or that special-interest group.

tea partyThe problem with modern politics is obvious: special interests have strong voices. The only interest without a voice is the general interest: the one based on truth, justice, conviction—you know, the stuff that made this country great.

take our poll - story continues below

Will the Democrats try to impeach President Trump now that they control the House?

  • Will the Democrats try to impeach President Trump now that they control the House?  

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Completing this poll grants you access to Eagle Rising updates free of charge. You may opt out at anytime. You also agree to this site's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Trending: Disgusting: Liberals Rejoice That Actor Gerard Butler Lost His Home in Calif. Wildfires Because He Supports Israel

Many in the Tea Party believe the federal government is bullying corporations or state governments. They get trapped into expanding state power or serving corporate interests merely to restrict or resist further over-reach by the federal government. It would be better for the Tea Party to attempt to repeal regulations at every level it can—state and federal. It would be better to do this without listening to lobbyists. At all.

Many will say that a removal of regulations will mean that corporations run rough shod over the little guy. First off, let’s ask ourselves a question: have the glut of regulations kept corporations from abusing the little guy? No. So what are we so afraid of? In most cases, corrupt corporations are hiding behind government protections and plausible deniability. Remove the weight of regulations, and it’s possible that real competition would thrive.

Wasn’t that the dream of freedom that our forefathers envisioned? Was it risky? Yes. It requires courage to live in a free world. But there’s no other world worth living in.

 

from Last Resistance

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by EagleRising.com


About the author

Michael Minkoff

Michael Minkoff writes, edits, and typesets from his office in Powder Springs, Georgia. He honestly does not prefer writing about politics, but he sincerely hopes you enjoy reading about it. He also wonders why he is typing this in the third person.

Join the conversation!

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity, all caps, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain a courteous and useful public environment where we can engage in reasonable discourse.

Send this to a friend