John Ashcroft on Government Reform
Former Attorney General; Former Republican Senator (MO)
A: Government exists to help maintain an environment in which people prosper, in which people grow, in which their enterprises grow, but not in which government grows. And we ought to ask ourselves, what does this do in a framework of freedom that will provide an opportunity for the growth of individuals, their institutions, for citizens, their corporations...how do they succeed? That ought to be the test of government.
A: It is regrettable that conservatives feel that such a pledge is necessary when every senator has pledged in his oath of office to defend and protect the Constitution. After all, activism is nothing more than failing to defend the Constitution.
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