Liberals may profess concern for “the little guy,” but their policies clearly show they don’t believe in him. This view puts them at odds with our Founding Fathers -- the ones who wrote the very documents we celebrate today: the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Taking a cue from Thomas Paine, who declared government “a necessary evil,” they fashioned a form of self-government that carefully defined the powers of government -- which, it must always be understood, come from the “consent of the governed.”
As Thomas Jefferson said at his first inauguration in 1801:
A wise and frugal government … shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulation their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.
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