Welcome to LoveOurGov

I like to pay taxes. With them I buy civilization.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., US Supreme Court Justice

This website offers a venue for conversation about the US government. We hope to contribute to a reasoned discussion by providing articles and videos about peoples' personal experiences with the administration of our country. We invite you to share the videos freely in any of your efforts to support a knowledgeable, involved citizenry. Please join the exchange!

An artificial debate is raging in our country: it pits the standard idea of liberal big government against conservative small government. This is a false argument which obscures real issues.

Representative not big or small defines our founding values. To live together in the USA, the people established a federal administration supported by taxation so that everyone could pay fairly into the system and vote on the governmental functioning they find sensible. US Constitution, Section 8:

The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States

The important issue is how we each define the general welfare of the United States.

Do you support tax breaks for the development of a renewable energy industry, or for fossil fuel exploration and modernization? Same citizen tax burden in either case.

What about military funding and support for the Patriot Act? Most often in these cases, conservatives want large and expansive while liberals want small and less invasive.

And state vs. federal jurisdiction? Which issues should states legislate unhindered by the feds-- gun control, carbon emissions, marijuana use, gay marriage? When it suits our views and purposes, we all consider our own ideas, whether liberal or conservative, to reflect controlled reasonable government.

What makes our republic so effective is that it is okay for us to disagree on these issues. We set up our system to do just that: present evidence, engage in debate, and approve or reject legislation respecting the rights of both the majority and the minority.

As we express differences, let's make honesty and wisdom the foundation of our arguments, and not let complex convictions be twisted into cynical simplifications. Neither shrinking nor expanding government is a worthy focus—fair effective policy and protection through citizen participation is what everyone wants.

Let's offer creative input to fix government where it is ineffectual.
Let's demand researched, innovative, thrifty legislation.
Let's stop trashing our system and LoveOurGov!

Please go to the Videos page to view personal stories and reflections on government.

Contact us if you would like to suggest a topic or appear in a video.