Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Essay Contest Submission by Tate Stone

The Wasatch County GOP apologizes that this excellent essay from Tate Stone was mishandled and did not get published in time for the contest.

"How do Conservative principles impact the happiness and prosperity of all Americans?"

by Tate Stone

        Throughout history we’ve seen civilizations rise and fall, and those who are smart learn from these examples of failure and success. Our founding fathers were smart people, they saw the consequences of a government that is too big, that taxes its citizens in large amounts, that offers programs without knowing how to fund these programs. They knew governments should be responsible, they should be limited in power, and they should be conservative.

        Thomas Jefferson said “That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves.” The role of government is something that shouldn’t, that mustn’t be something that restricts freedom. A liberal government, when unchecked will legislate its way into a bloated, controlling, and abusive government.

        When a conservative government is in power, its people flourish. They have lower taxes, thus more money, thus they spend more money, thus the economy grows. It’s called supply side economics and we’ve seen it implemented and we’ve seen it work. This idea is also nicknamed Reaganomics for its implementation under the administrations of President Ronald Reagan. He said “The truth is that outside of its legitimate function the government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector”. The man knew what he was talking about. Conservatives believe that the solution to poverty is not more welfare or more handouts but it is an economy where job opportunity is abundant. We see time and time again that when a government takes full control it will fall, but when a government turns the economy over to the people, to businesses, it will succeed and prosper.
        The entire American Revolution was founded on the idea of not wanting an overly powerful government. The founding fathers wrote the constitution in a way that was supposed to offer checks and balances, to restrict, and to limit the government. All of this was done because the founding father trusted the people. That’s the difference between a conservative and a liberal government, the issue of trust. A conservative trusts your average, loyal, law-abiding citizen to have a gun, a liberal doesn’t. A conservative trusts the average citizen with their own money in forms of tax breaks, a liberal does not. A conservative trusts you to run your own business and take care of that business as you see fit, a liberal does not.

        This brings up the point of how a liberal thinks the government can spend your money better than you can. A conservative would disagree and explain that when the government spends wastefully it can raise taxes or borrow money, but real people like you and I cannot wastefully spend. If we spend more money than we take in, we simply can’t buy the things we want. It’s a simple principle that conservatives understand.

        Overall I believe that conservative government brings more overall happiness and prosperity because they trust the people. Limited government, protection of individual rights, and fiscal responsibility are all conservative principles that, when applied, result in a very content, successful, and prosperous people.

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