All the whining about individual mandates and the “nanny state” shows that my conservative friends have no principles beyond attacking the Obama administration (Wyoming lawmakers Sue Wallis and Lisa Shepperson being the exceptions).
The alleged Small Government Conservatives (SGCs) rail about “personal responsibility and freedom” but love using government to enforce their social engineering agenda.
Women in charge of their bodies vis-à-vis abortion rights? Sorry, the SGCs mandate waiting periods, forced sonograms and hundreds of government regulations.
Right of a citizen to be free from government spying? Sorry, the SGCs expanded the ability of the National Security Agency to wiretap phone calls without a warrant and sift through emails.
Rights of local governments (Washington, D.C.)? Sorry, the SGCs are looking into efforts to repeal the law allowing gays to marry.
I could respect the opinions of the SGCs (even if I disagree with them), except for one tiny detail: their damned hypocrisy.