Real conservatives have long agreed with Thomas Jefferson: "That government is best which governs least." The declaration of Independence spoke of unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We should not misunderstand that government is not responsible to provide life, liberty, and happiness; it is to promote these ideals and keep us safe.
"You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves." - President Abraham Lincoln. Big government creates dependence not independence. When our nation was founded, the church and communities come together to meet the needs of family and friends. Today we are substituting that care with taxes to the government and regulating the duty to care for ourselves to the government.