The Watermelon (Green on the outside, Red on the inside) radical enviro-warmers are constantly demanding the use of “Best Available Science” (BAS) (that would be science with which they agree) for all discussions of property rights infringements and the like.
I’d like to suggest that we have a similar principal for evaluating all proposals for expansion of government—“Best Available Civics” (BAC). The way BAC would work is that any proposal to expand government must : 1) point to a specific clause in the documents by which that level of government was originally constituted that requires or allows the proposal to be enacted, and 2) point to a specific prior implementation of expansion of government that actually worked as designed and intended. Absent clearing these two “hurdle” conditions, any such proposal would be abandoned.
Even more aggressive BAC should be applied by conducting a systematic review of all current government activities for compliance to the above conditions. Any activity which fails the conditions would be required to implement a shutdown plan that would be completed within 6 months.