I’ve avoided writing about the presidential election because, frankly, your vote is your business. But I just read this editorial by Jonah Goldberg that fits my philosophy on government perfectly. Here’s the key message:
The mere fact that presidential elections matter this much is not a sign of national health but of national dysfunction. The more the federal government gets involved in every aspect of our lives — for good or ill — the more people will feel that their livelihoods, lifestyles, even their actual lives are at stake in a presidential election. If the federal government didn’t have so much leverage over your life, politicians wouldn’t be able to scare you into the voting booths.
We all agree that government has important functions, environmental protection being one. But in my honest opinion the day that our government started to matter, personally, to each of us is the day the government went too far. I don’t know how long ago that day occurred, but I certainly am one who feels that government has involved itself in every personal decision and entangled itself in human endeavour. I liked it better when government went about its business and I went about mine. What happened to east being east, and west being west, and “never the twain shall meet?”
Now go vote, however you feel. We’ll clean up this mess later.