Socialist: All five branches of the military. NASA. FBI. Homeland Security. Center for Disease Control. Border Patrol. Fire Department. NOAA. FAA. FDA. The idea of turning any of these socialist services over to 'for profit' private firms/contractors is appalling. Their biggest failings tend to be when for-profit business try to influence them, aka corruption.
The idea of improvement
through competition is a lofty ideal. But even if you had two
competitive privately run MODOT offices to choose from when getting a
license or registering your vehicle they would still require some
oversight that puts public interest first. The desire to privatize
government misses the point of government.
Unless you're a hermit
you are either an anarchist/criminal or you recognize and accept some
social responsibility. Even if you personally were immune from legal
and brute repercussions hopefully you would still recognize the benefits
driving on the right side of the road, conducting target practice away
from school yards and holding accountable businesses that handle large
quantities of anhydrous ammonia.
Denying that we're all in this
together just creates contention where we would both (where we would
all) be better served by cooperation. And that's what a Democratic
Republic is supposed to be, elected officials using common resources for
the common good. And the idea of small government for a huge nation
also misses the point of modern government. You are asking for less
common good so that we might have what you perceive to be more personal
good or more personal choice. But that is self-destructive for you
personally and the society you live in.
Unless you are a
hermit, freedom is a lie. Well, more of an exaggeration. Only when
there are no rules, no consequences, can there be absolute freedom. The
physical nature of the universe makes physical consequences
inescapable. And our fellow lifeforms all trying to satisfy wants and
needs from the same resource pool makes competitive consequences
inescapable. And we social animals, at first through instinct and much
later through cultural development, have recognized the benefits of
cooperation. It's hardly perfect but it's a large part of what keeps us
from annihilating each other.
100,000 years ago freedom was the
strong taking what they wanted through brute force. That's what power
was then. Today there are basically two forms of power: Social
cohesion (most notably government) and money. Given the distribution of
money ( http://www.joeydevilla.com/…/viral-video-of-the-moment-wea…/
) can you possibly argue that reducing the power of the government
would be, even might be, beneficial to the common good? As individual
survival animals we want to be able to do what believe is best for
ourselves. But as social animals we also crave fairness for ourselves,
for our families, for our friends & neighbors and for anyone we
recognize as part of our extended group. Fairness is a wholly social
concept. It can only exist if we recognize and accept its value and do
what we can to enforce it. Life may be unfair but it's only as unfair
as we choose to allow. Can we expect fairness without a government that
is for the people? Can we do this with a government that is less
powerful than the individuals and organizations that hold enormous power
in the form of money?
Pundits may call it socialism but
promotion of the common good and fairness are the very point of modern
government. The only other reason to have a government is subjugate the
masses to the benefit of the ruling class.
But if there is a ruling class, you won't find it in the government.