iOS app Android app

Limited Government

The Conservative Race to the Bottom

James Peron | Posted 03.22.2017 | Politics
James Peron

There was a time when civility and courtesy were considered traditional values, yet today's Conservatives compete with one another to be as impolite and demeaning as possible. Their opponents are always branded with demeaning epithets.

No Longer a Party of "Law and Order," or "Limited Government"

Andy Schmookler | Posted 11.30.2016 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

Do you remember when the Republican Party was the "law and order" Party? Yet now we have the spectacle of the two leading contenders for the Republican nomination for President supporting the commission of crimes.

Regulating Abortion and Boating: A Modest Proposal

David A. Grimes | Posted 05.27.2016 | Politics
David A. Grimes

Each year about 60 times more Americans die from boating than from abortion. While the risks are not directly comparable, having a boat is clearly more dangerous than having an abortion. Hence, more boating regulations are needed.

When Both Sides Get It Wrong -- It's Time for Common Ground

Candace Straight | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics
Candace Straight

As lifelong pro-choice Republicans who have supported GOP candidates for decades, we are dismayed by activists on the right and the left attacking the GOP leaders who spoke out against House Resolution 36 last week.

How the Tea Party Broke the Two-Party System

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Adam Kirk Edgerton

The tea party hasn't broken the Constitution -- it has broken our century-old two-party system of government. And there is a least one Founder who might have been pleased.

Wake Up, GOP! Extreme Social Crusades Are Passé

Susan Bevan | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
Susan Bevan

As a lifelong Republican woman I am tired of this ilk claiming they speak for me and for the millions of other mainstream Republicans who remain true to the GOP's tradition as the party of limited government.

The No-Governmentalists

Andy Kutler | Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics
Andy Kutler

The wedge that divides America today is a familiar one; simply, to what extent we should have "more" or "less" government in our lives.

George Washington Would Be Appalled

Barton Kunstler, Ph.D. | Posted 10.09.2012 | Politics
Barton Kunstler, Ph.D.

At a time when domestic and global problems pose serious threats to the United States, the Republican Party has become the party not only of "less government", but of active hostility to the very idea of government itself.

Limited Government v. National Competence: The Ongoing Struggle Over the Commerce Clause

Peter M. Shane | Posted 09.05.2012 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

So-called judicial "tests" are so obviously malleable that they don't seem to drive the Court's results. It is sometimes too easy to see the Court's desired outcome dictating the application of its "test," rather than the test producing the outcome.

Could the Libertarian Party Choose a Ron Paul-Gary Johnson Ticket?

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.02.2012 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Ron Paul and Gary Johnson should run together for the Libertarian Party nominations for president and vice president, respectively. That wouldn't guarantee their selection. However, Paul-Johnson would be the strongest ticket the LP could offer. It would be the best alternative available to the Republicrats.

GOP Hearts Big Government

Michael Sigman | Posted 03.11.2012 | Politics
Michael Sigman

Leave it to Rush Limbaugh to tell the Right how to pontificate about the virtues of small government while pushing for its opposite. The question isn't whether government should be big, but whom big government is for.

In Search of the Public Good

Paul Stoller | Posted 09.16.2011 | Politics
Paul Stoller

As the debt ceiling clock ticks down, we will soon find out if we are a people possessed by selfish personal desire or a people who promote the public good. In what kind of society do you want your children to live?

Michael McAuliff

Arizona Tea Party Rejects Arizona Tea Party License Plates | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.13.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- East Coast Democrats aren't the only ones annoyed by Arizona's official Tea Party license plates -- the Arizona Tea Party is too. In ...

State of the Onion--Some Skeptical Observations

Russ Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russ Baker

Obama and Congress paid tribute to Gabby Giffords, on the mend from the massacre in Tucson -- but Obama said not a word about the explosion of guns into nearly every corner of the land

Beware the Big vs. Small Govt Trap: It's Only About 4%. Yes, 4%

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

That is, there just is no big government versus small government debate. Just some differences along the spending continuum between 18-19 and 22-23% of GDP. But, watch the Democrats get snookered into it.

Is There a True Limited Government Standard in the G.O.P.?

Susan Bevan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susan Bevan

The repeal of DADT put a stop to big government at its worst -- and most intrusive. But what about when government tries to restrict the private medical choices of women?

Will Farm Subsidies Be the Tea Partiers' Achilles' Heel?

Donald Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Donald Carr

It's odd that Tea Party candidates have had so little to say about one area of wasteful spending that all limited government advocates should be able to agree on -- the USDA's farm subsidy programs.

June 15: King John Signs Magna Carta

Sophie Pollitt-Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Sophie Pollitt-Cohen

Many people, especially those who write articles on this subject for Wikipedia, would say the Magna Carta is the most influential and important foundation of constitutional law.

Marching Toward Justice on the 217th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

When our nation's founders ratified the Bill of Rights 217 years ago today, they knew that justice could not be served in secret, and that punishment doled out in the shadows inexorably leads to illegitimacy.

Transition Topic VI: Nixon to China, Reagan to Russia, Obama to...

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

With his liberal credentials unquestioned, Obama can do something that no Republican could accomplish without being accused of social treason.