“I will not cede more power to the state. I will not willingly cede more power to anyone, not to the state, not to General Motors, not to the CIO. I will hoard my power like a miser, resisting every effort to drain it away from me. I will then use my power, as I see fit. I mean to live my life an obedient man, but obedient to God, subservient to the wisdom of my ancestors; never to the authority of political truths arrived at yesterday at the voting booth. That is a program of sorts, is it not? It is certainly program enough to keep conservatives busy, and liberals at bay. And the nation free.”
William F. Buckley, Jr.
I smack the Tea Partistas and the Libertarians a lot, but at the core of both movements there is a valid sentiment: we must never forget that the government works for us; that any power we grant the government is temporary, conditional, and subject to repeal; and that while we choose to allow the government the ability to act for the collective good, the choice of whether to do so is ours. And we must think and act accordingly at all times.
A great quote from Bryan McGrath in Information Dissemination:
Libertarianism strikes me (and others) as a fine bit of political ideology when alloyed with other ideologies. Their preference for dramatically limited government helps pull Conservatives to the right, and the preference for removal of government from the private sphere appeals to many Liberals seeking to advance social policies. Unalloyed however, Libertarianism is a quaint, interesting, and ultimately unsuitable approach to governing a modern Republic, especially a world power.
I wouldn’t limit that to Libertarianism. I’d extend it to all ideologies.