A dejected night for me…. Brad Penny continued to show why he is not prepared to pitch in the American League. As a result, my Red Sox got thrashed by the New York Yankees. The upside: we scored 11 runs, not bad. The downside: They scored 20. Baseball is so frustrating to watch sometimes. Don’t get me wrong, I have already seen two more World Series Titles in Boston than I thought I would see in my lifetime. My grandfather lived his whole life without ever seeing one. But I digress, it is Guest Commentary Night! I know that you are all chomping at the bit for the second part of BlackFlag’s guest commentary. But it isn’t ready yet. Excellence takes time. Perhaps that means I need to spend a little more time writing my articles! At any rate, tonight’s guest commentary comes from a new reader to the site…
Glock21 found us through the Fox News Forum on one of the links I posted there a while ago. He enjoys reading the site and I imagine he will get in on the conversations when he feels the time is right. He sent me this guest commentary piece and I saw right away that he has potential as a writer. As an added bonus, his guest commentary topic falls right in line with the discussions that we have been having this week. Yesterday I talked about middle of the road Independents and their frustration with both of the two major parties in Washington DC. It seems to me that Glock21 shares many of the same sentiments and frustrations with the elitists that claim to be our “Representatives.”
The State of the USA
Those who are behind a bigger and more intrusive federal government either must not be students of history or they have chosen to ignore it altogether. Didn’t we fight a war for independence largely because King George III made every attempt to exercise tyrannical control through extreme taxation and a lust for power? One of the biggest issues back then was taxation with no representation. The issue now is taxation with representation by the corrupt and incompetent. Our senators, congressmen, and presidents have in a sense orchestrated their own rise to royalty, and they have quietly done so with our approval.
Our federal government has transcended idealism; it’s rampant overspending effectively blurring delineations between the two major parties. Both sides of our entrenched two-party system have grossly mishandled our money and our taxes, so much so that they are no longer capable of their deception that there are any definable differences between them. Their charade of leadership and service is now exposed for what it is – an unquenched thirst for power, control, and political longevity. And political power and longevity are the abusive parents of higher taxes.
Further evidence of the government’s power grab extends far beyond tax issues, and could not be clearer. For example:
Are we to assume that anything resembling term limitation legislation will ever be enacted by the very individuals it most negatively impacts? Or that our federal legislators will ever subject themselves to the same Social Security program with which we as citizens are forced to comply? Where else is a position available with a full pension after 2, 4, or 6 years on the job? How about Secret Service protection? Taxpayer-funded private planes? All these questions are political Kryptonite, so of course they remain unanswered. Mere mention of these topics sends our elected Supermen up, up and away to their respective Fortresses of Solitude faster than a speeding bullet.
To legislatively address these issues with any discernible effect would display the honor and courage we so sorely lack. Who among our Men of Steel in Washington would sacrifice their lengthy terms in office and cushy lifestyles for the quiet dignity and nobility of doing the right thing for their country? Anybody? Was that the sound of a pin dropping? As the brazen audacity and broken promises of the present administration begin to eclipse the campaign assurances that propelled them to power, more and more Americans are recognizing the stark contrasts. As their numbers grow, so grows their desire for change we can believe in – now that we can’t believe the change we got.
We have reached a point in our history where simple elections do little to combat the burden of big government. There is indeed a monster in the closet, one whose tentacles simultaneously probe our pockets for spare change while crumpling the Constitution.
The ruling elite in Washington desire equality for all, but they seek it at the expense of individual success. They want to guarantee happiness while disregarding the pursuit of it. They strive for an inherently un-American mediocrity. Unless reversed, this trend will erode and displace the American way of life the rest of the world has envied for so long.