A roadmap for how to minimize the size of government, in response to a comment:
What can you, as a regular citizen, do to minimize the size of government? Let me list the ways.
- Vote for whoever promises to cut budgets and cut taxes.
- Write to your congress and the president expressing your sincere desire to cut the size of government, and list the things that benefit you that you would like to see cut.
- Encourage wise and honest people to run for office. Support them by volunteering to be on their campaign committee. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
- Don’t rely on the government. Live your life in such a way that you don’t need any government benefits. That means getting out of debt, keeping a cash reserve, and living below your means. (Dave Ramsey can help you with this.)
- Teach others not to rely on the government. Show them through your example how they can live independent of the government.
- Help others out of poverty and out of government dependence. There are innumerable private charities, many of them run by churches, that need people like you.
- If you work for the government, live as frugally as possible, and demand lower wages. Remember, every penny you earn is taken from someone else in taxes. If you work for the government, it should be seen almost as volunteer service. If you don’t want to give those things up, then don’t work for the government.
Underlying all the above is the idea of “power”. Power is something people are given. It comes from trust and respect. When you trust and respect someone, and do what they say, they have power over you. Don’t give power to the government! Start by not trusting or respecting it, and continue by disobeying it. Limit government for yourself, and teach others the same, and government will be limited.
Our fight is not in the ballot box. Our fight is definitely not in the courts or in congress. When things get there, our fight is already over, whether we have won or lost. Our fight is in the hearts and minds of the people. It is a religious struggle, where the two factions are those religions which teach self-reliance and those religions which teach government-dependence.
In all this, keep in mind that you don’t need to break any laws to limit the power of government. Suppose you lived in the time of Caesar. You could keep the laws, but at the same time, not worship Caesar as a god. That’s what we need today.
So, I think the best thing you can do is immerse yourself in the Bible and fundamental Christian teachings. Then live by them. Christ taught us how to be free from the world.