When should statists oppose greater government powers?

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The “shoe on the other foot” rule

In the haste to win today’s political battle, people forget about the future. Don’t make that mistake. Instead, remember that…

The power you give a politician you love today, to do something you want, is a power that will be used tomorrow by a politician you loathe, to do things you’ll hate.
– Jim Babka

Have empathy for your future self. Before giving any power to a politician, think about what could happen if a bad politician had that power. And, since you believe the opposite party is bad, you should assume that…

  • The worst actor in that party will wield the power
  • He or she will do something so horrible that you can’t even imagine it

…because everyone is always shocked, when their party loses the election and power gets abused or misused, despite the fact that it’s entirely predictable.

Basically, if you don’t want a bad politician to have a power, you shouldn’t give it to a good politician. So…

When you’re tempted by today’s political battle, imagine the day when the shoe will be on the other foot.

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By Jim Babka & Perry Willis

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