“ . . . As government expands, liberty contracts.” – Ronald Reagan
I will work to reduce the cost, size, and oppressive nature of government at all levels. The sole purpose of any government should be to protect and preserve the unchangeable and irrefutable rights of the people, which are life, liberty, and property. Government does not exist to provide, but rather exists to protect. Laws are not there to protect the state, but are rather there to protect the individual people. John Locke said, “The end [purpose] of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom.” In general, a limited government is best. Thomas Jefferson stated, “A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.” James Wilson stated, “Governments, in general, have been the result of force, of fraud, and of accident … the United States exhibit to the world the first instance…of a nation…assembling voluntarily, deliberating fully, and deciding calmly, concerning that system of government, under which they would wish that they and their posterity should live.” We should not forget the amazing efforts and sacrifices made to create and maintain our founding fathers ideal of government.