Smaller Government

"An opponent may be disingenuous if his real goal isn't what he says his goal is. Politely point out the real goal, then refram. Example: Suppose he starts touting smaller government. Point out that conservatives don't really want smaller government. They don't want to eliminate the military, or the FBI, or the Treasury and Commerce Departments, or the nine-tenths of the courts that support corporate law. It is big government that they like. What they really want to do away with is social programs--programs that invest in people, to help people to help themselves. Such a position contradicts the values the country was founded on--the idea of a community where people pull together to help each other. From John Winthrop on, that is what our nation has stood for" (118).

Colby Glass, MLIS