h/t to Movie Web for image. – “Big government and me!”
Over the last year, I’ve been exposed to more political philosophies (conservatism, libertarianism, and “classic liberalism) that emphasize that smaller government – i.e. less government intervention – is best. This is largely due to my increasing belief in the inefficiency of governmental bureaucracy and personal rights. In particular, I am struggling to think of rights – in this article I am thinking of the classic rights mentioned in the Constitution and Bill of Rights – as inherent to an individual person as opposed to being granted to the individual via the government. I consider the government a source of protection instead of potential threat.
This is a deeply held belief that I think was instilled by the Voting Rights Act. The mythos surrounding this legislation has been lionized all of my life. When boiled to the essential lessons learned from this time in history was that government (no emphasis on particular party either) just “THE GOVERNMENT” stepped in and stopped one group of individuals from depriving another group of individuals their rights as citizens of the same nation. It’s a story of almost of fairy tale dimensions (i.e. the handsome knight swoops in and vanquishes the evil opponent to save the damsel in distress. Yeah, but life isn’t a fairy tale so moving along) .
Just now, writing out what the government did with the Voting Rights Act, I believe that was the correct course of action (or what my current perception of what the government did – I’m learning more and shedding and gaining new ideas every month it seems!) because that was within the proper bounds of government. The problem is, in particular for Blacks, was to continue to look towards the government to fix problems that were no longer within the strict bounds of civic rights.