I have talk to many people and my self agree big government in both conservative and liberal are ideas from FDR ,communism and socialism. I think the meaning what is big government is lacking clarification. Has both conservative and liberal are big government that gets people live and bedroom. Also the constitution and US founding fathers has I get vibe from them they where very suspicious of government and too much government power . Both conservative and liberal in US have gotten very big. It may be true to some degree that because the US is republican system not a Parliamentary system there more check of balance of power and states rights have more power than other countries. Ask a liberal and they will say big government in my house,work place and my body like abortion , gays and lesbian , sex ,porn ,morality and so on. Ask a libertarian they would say both conservative and liberals are big government and both on economics and social issues. Where conservative are big government on social issues and smaller government on economics where liberals are big government on economics but smaller government on social issues. Typical talk normally goes like this. anti- smoking laws thank the liberals the big government but hay they for pot . That ban junk food in schools and ban large pop/soda drinks for the well being of the person. Ideas from liberals big government must take car of you from the roots of welfare state. That ban sagging pants/ baggy pants in some cities or areas !! That blame the conservative . But hay you got big government than..Did that come from communism and socialism? Oh a other one that comes up is how conservative normally push god in society and control morality . But is that big government ideas from communism and socialism? Communism or Socialism normally they hate capitalism. Normally communism do away with capitalism where Socialism control it or limit it. Both are very strong on the welfare state .The collective good of community is more important the the person right. Two things of big government . 1. large welfare state . 2.The collective good of community is more important the the person right. But then did conservative steal that part of it to push god in society and control morality ? And liberals steal that part to have the government take well being of the person . I guess we need to ask what is big government and where did it come from .Would the US founding fathers or US framers really wanted a decentralize government ? Would they be very mad at both conservative and liberal in US today of very big government. I guess libertarian , anarchy or liberal libertarian would be political views of this ati -big government and fear of too much government control and strong decentralize government with proper democracy.