Most Americans, whether neo-liberal or neo-conservative, Democrat or Republican, do not show much understanding or respect for the principles of personal liberty. They criticize their political leaders, but one must recognize that their behavior simply reflects the values of the people who elected them to office. That means they are all to blame for greater governmental control over their lives and a decline in personal liberty.
My initial premise is that each of us owns himself. I am my private property, and you are yours. If one accepts the notion of self-ownership, then certain acts can be deemed moral or immoral. Murder, rape and theft are immoral because those acts violate private property. Most Americans accept that murder and rape are immoral, but most are ambivalent about theft. Theft can be defined as taking the rightful property of one American and giving it to another, to whom it does not belong. It is also theft to forcibly use one person to serve the purposes of another.
Federal spending can be described as government taking the rightful property of one American and giving it to another American, to whom it does not belong. Approximately half of the federal budget goes toward Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, food assistance, unemployment and other Progressive programs and benefits that fall into the category of forcibly taking from some and giving to others.
Many say that government spending guarantees one right or another. That’s nonsense. True rights exist simultaneously among people. That means the exercise of a right by one person does not impose an obligation on another. In other words, my rights to speech and travel impose no obligations on another except those of noninterference. The state has no resources of its very own. If government gives one person something that he did not earn, it necessarily requires that Congress deprive somebody else of something that he did earn.