The Constitution restrained government until 1913, at which time the states made major changes to it. These changes were against the principles of the Founders.
In 1912, federal spending was only 1.75% of GDP. That would be equivalent to a federal budget today of only $275 billion.
In 1912, most people had no contact whatsoever with the federal government.
Average federal spending from 1788 until 1912 was only 2%. By 1912, the federal government was actually getting smaller and smaller because the economy was so strong.
I should not have to remind you that the US had the greatest economic boom of all time during the 1800s when the small federal government did very little taxing or regulation, but protected property rights and order for businessmen to operate.
There is a reason all the inventions of the 1800s happened here and not somewhere else.
A vote for Ron Paul is a vote for Thomas Jefferson. A vote for Rand Paul is a vote for James Madison.