This past week, I’ve been reading various news articles concerning the antics of the various Congressional leaders and the President, and I’ve come to the conclusion (again!) that these clowns have absolutely no respect for the Constitution and the American People that they claim to represent. It really doesn’t matter what media outlet I read, the message is always the same with some minor variations as long as I remember the following:
News stories, which are like fruit punch, carry 70% propaganda to 30% juice, are always eager to explain to their readers that it is the other sides fault for __________ (fill in the blank with your topic of choice).
Our government is extremely dysfunctional with the current crop of politicians. One side accuses the other for not compromising, and yet refuses to talk about said compromise. The other side accuses the other of being terrorists and suicide bombers. At the center of this kerfuffle is the one subject that is of vital importance to the economic viability of this country: The Budget.
At front & center of the debate(?) is the continued funding of the unpopular, over-regulated, and trouble-ridden Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka, ObamaCare, and the Debt Limit, aka, how much money can Congress borrow & put our country into further debt.
Will you folks kindly cut the crap and do the jobs that you were elected to do? Enough with the political theater that no one wants to watch. It also reminds me again of the following cliché which is becoming more and more true every day:
Politicians, like babies, need to be changed regularly, and for the same reasons.
I often wonder how in the wide, wide world of political sports did we ever get to the point of where the political class feels that they should rule over all of us, especially since we elected them in the first place. I believe it’s fairly simple – using an ideology that promises a chicken in every pot without telling the farmer that he has to supply the chickens. Take the following excerpts from Daniel Greenfield’s blog “Sultan Knish”:
Ideologies can be roughly divided into the moral and the economic. Moral ideologies seek to guide people in their individual behavior as they seek resources. Economic ideologies are concerned with collective control over how resources are gained and employed. Revolutionary movements are often linked with economic ideologies because resource redistribution is a primary motivator for political upheavals.
The left is both a revolutionary movement and an economic ideology, using the pretext of inequities to seize power in order to engage in economic redistribution. However the modern left’s actual agenda goes well beyond only seizing and redistributing material goods and financial holdings. Its goal is to completely control all human interactions in every form through political, cultural, social and economic tools.
Anyone who is allowed to control competition in order to make resource redistribution “fairer” will eventually openly engage in resource redistribution, unless there is a compelling system of oversight governing his behavior. Since most such systems are either bureaucratic or become so, and since bureaucracies are undemocratic and will expand to the limits of the resources available to them, they are wholly and completely corruptible. Those who redistribute a resource are bound to become corrupted by that resource. The more valuable the resource, the more pervasive the corruption. Because corruption emanates from sources of power. Those who control power become corrupted by it. And those whose power comes from resource redistribution, are corrupted by that very resource.
Think about the above when considering the ObamaCare legislation. Somewhere & sometime, someone has to pay for the services, someone has to be giving up something for someone else, and big government is there to administer & decide who gets what through a massive redistribution scheme. This is something that the Washington Democrats are dancing around big time, and the Washington Republicans (at least the responsible ones) are trying limit or eliminate.
Now understand that we are not only talking merely about economic redistribution, but about political power as well. That power is in the Federal Government’s bureaucracy. However, the bureaucracy that is now in place is so big, so entrenched, it takes a map & compass to navigate the labyrinth that is otherwise impossible to traverse. As such, the bureaucracy can then become an almost unaccountable weapon with unlimited resources to crush political opposition in the hands of powerful politicians. Think of the IRS targeting conservative groups and people (including Dr. Ben Carson after his National Prayer Breakfast speech), the NSA conducting domestic spying (which is out of its jurisdiction), and this abuse, real or potential, becomes rapidly apparent.
As an added thought, during the 2008 campaign, then candidate Senator Barack Obama campaigned with the slogans of “Hope” and “Change”. He also, in an unguarded moment with “Joe the Plumber”, stated his vision for the redistribution of wealth from the hard-working successful people to the not so successful. The voters, sucked in by this supposedly gifted orator, didn’t listen closely to the message that he gave on multiple occasions and elected him. It now appears that the reality is that he and his Democrat cronies would affect the “change” and then “hope” that everything would work out, and they are not afraid to use the “big stick” of a big, unaccountable government to further their political agenda to try and make it work. Thus is the hubris of our Democrat Party of progressives (aka, Liberals & Lefties).
So the country’s situation is this: Mounting governmental debt with the Democrats insisting upon increasing without consequence; another large, bloated, unwieldy program that Congress had absolutely no authority to pass (the idea that ObamaCare is legal because it’s classified as a tax should cause everyone concern); a sluggish job market that is uncertain with the future of government interference; more and more people dropping out of the job market because they cannot find a job & going on either Welfare or early retirement; and a government that is more interested in controlling the citizenry through multiple avenues of intimidation, misinformation, and subsidies (aka, “free stuff”) than it is to abide by the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the laws of the land.
Now I’ve hit the Democrats pretty hard in the above, but I will state that the Republicans have not been innocent in any of the above. They have also expanded government beyond its stated Constitutional limits (think Patriot Act, for instance), and have been complicit in many “compromises” that have expanded government programs that exacerbate the country’s debt problem and infringing upon the law-abiding citizen’s rights. By no means are the Republicans looking out for the American People.
To back-up the above statement, I offer the fact that the “old-Guard” Republicans resistance to the ideas and statements of Tea-Party representatives, who are bucking the “business as usual” atmosphere and leadership because they believe that the country is headed down the wrong path. Everyone knows this, but are unwilling to do anything about it because it puts in jeopardy their political careers with their respective political party. This last is where I have issues with our current political leaders – not taking a stand to do the right thing for the country and its citizens, but to go along to further their political careers.
Thus is the hubris of the political elite. And they have reason to believe that they are smarter than we are. Take the following statements from Bill O’Reilly:
Amid all the madness over Obamacare and the government shutdown comes a fascinating poll about “we the people.” For years, the Gallup organization has asked the following question: Do you trust the American people to make good judgments about political issues?
Eight years ago, 78 percent of those polled said they had trust in the folks. This year that number plummeted to just 61 percent.
And it is the fault of the American people that our politicians continue to let us down. Let’s be honest: Many of us simply don’t pay attention to our country. We are too caught up in our own situations to be bothered with public policy.
Talk-radio hosts call them “low information voters”: Americans who don’t know much about history, current events or anything else and who often vote on pure emotion. If they like somebody, he or she gets the chad. And Barack Obama is a very likeable guy.
We live in a complicated, dangerous age. Democrats have seized on the economic collapse and a bad war (Iraq) that happened on President George W. Bush’s watch. They have convinced the majority of voters to embrace a new America — one that gives the federal government extraordinary power, one that runs up a record amount of debt in pursuit of social justice and “income equality.”
As the Gallup poll suggests, we are beginning to blame each other for the confusing state of this country. And, indeed, it is collectively our fault. We should be electing problem solvers, not charismatic ideologues who can whip people into a frenzy.
So the result is this:
Because we have this:
Reinforced by this:
Who states that We the People are this:
While We the People are not doing this:
So now we are becoming this:
Be strong, my friends – it’s going to be an extremely bumpy ride.