I have been sitting around thinking about this subject all day. I knew last night that I was going to write this article. I kind of know what I want to say. And I will hope that it comes out the way that I want it to come out. Let me say up front what I want to accomplish with this piece. I want to set a few things straight for some of the folks that frequent the site. I have had this feeling over the last couple of weeks as I read the comments and discussions that I could not put my finger on. Something just didn’t feel right to me, no matter how detailed some of the responses were or how intelligent the people making them were. So for a couple of weeks I have tried to put my finger on what feels “wrong”. After some introspection, I think I have it figured out. And it isn’t just about the people on this site. It is about people everywhere in this country. It isn’t the left or the right (although lately it has been the left in charge and the left most guilty of forgetting what I am going to talk about). The fact is that the American public needs to wake up and get a grip on the absolute group of morally bankrupt idiots in Washington.
Let me be clear in where I am going here. This is going to be a tough talk about what has happened and what is happening in Washington DC and in the minds of otherwise intelligent American people. As I begin writing this piece, I am unsure as to whether I can cover it in one article or whether I will have to split it into two parts. As you read this you already know the answer by whether there is a “Part 1″ up there in the title. I am also going to be very specific about some topics and some comments that I have heard on this site. I do not do so as a means of “calling out” anyone. But I do hope that those I mention will offer some further insight into what they are thinking so I am better able to understand where they are coming from. I apologize in advance if anyone gets offended. That is certainly not my intention. But this is a really important issue for me and I don’t want to mince words or dance around truths.
Washington DC sucks. That is as honest as I can put it. And I don’t mean it sucks now that Democrats have control. I mean that it sucks. Period. As many of you know, Several years ago I left the Republican party. I know that Ray for some reason believes this is a ploy to pretend I am unbiased and thus put forth my conservative viewpoints. I assure you it is not. I despise the Republican party almost as much as the Democratic party. But I don’t hide that I like the Dems less. And that is because I think they have their head slightly further up their ass than the Republicans. Allow me to be clear that I mean the politicians, not the citizens. I think the citizens have lost their way, while I think the politicians have slowly removed the bread crumb trail that was supposed to make sure that didn’t happen, while simultaneously letting loose wolves into the forest which they will later “save” Hansel and Gretel from.
The entirety of the United States Congress, White House, Cabinet positions, etc. are leaches on the soul of America. Can I say that any more clearly? There is not one good one, with the possible exception of Ron Paul. Why do I say this? Because he is the lone person that has come forth, declared Washington a fraud, and worked to act with integrity even when he feels that doing so will change nothing. The number of votes he has lost 99-1 show me that. Other than him, not a single one of these leaches has come forth to tell us the truth about Washington. They only step to the microphone to tell us the “truth” about the wayward opposing party.
And it starts at the top with the President. President Obama is a proven liar. We have discussed many of his lies on this site and there are many others that we haven’t discussed. President Bush was a proven liar. We haven’t discussed him all that much because he is irrelevant now. President Clinton was a proven liar. I can keep going through at least 20 other Presidents. And no matter how much protesting the liberals and conservatives want to do over my saying so, I will stand by what I say. The Presidents have all been liars. I know it, and so do you. You know it even as you open your mouth to protest my coming out and saying it. I really did “Hope” that I would see a man go to Washington and offer some real “Change”. But instead of changing Washington, he has done nothing more than get in bed with the same progressive gangs and work to change the foundation of America. Hope and Change my ass.
Nothing has changed for the betterment of the people of the United States for 100 years in Washington DC. Both parties have slowly increased the size and scope of Government. Both sides have slowly taken a little bit more of our money away from us. Both sides have continually stripped us of our freedom and our liberty. I have done my fair share of ranting against the far right and the far left in America. But the reality is that those are the only people in Washington DC these days. There are no “moderates”. And even if there were, they aren’t doing anything that helps slow down the rate of our freedom being siphoned off through a rubber hose.
I have stated before that it absolutely baffles me that Congress continues to get re-elected. Their approval rating has wavered between 12% and 30% for the last 10 years. So when asked whether they approve of the way Congress is working, at best 3 out of 10 Americans say “Yes”. Despite this, incumbents are re-elected at a staggering 90+% rate. How is this even possible? There are many ways that the politicians manage to make this happen. Gerrymandering is a big part of the equation (if you want an explanation on that just ask, if you don’t then I know you know I am right on this one). But beyond that I am dumbfounded. The only explanation that I have is absolute laziness on the part of the American public. Along with that laziness, the other cause has been that of seeking the easy path to a better life. We all want a better life. Very few Americans seem to be willing to work for it.
It is well documented that Benjamin Franklin was asked what they had given the American people by a woman as he exited the building and that he answered, “A Republic, madam, if you can keep it.” And in the 200+ years since that day we have not lived up to our end of the bargain. We have allowed that Republic to be stolen from us bit by bit. Each party taking a little bit more away, while the mindless public on their side defends their actions to the mindless public on the other side. Black Flag, Just A Citizen, PeterB, and others here have all argued over the role of government and discussed the flaws that existed in the original plan that allowed this to happen. And I agree, the original Constitution was not a flawless document. I think you all know the respect I have for the people that frequent this site and offer their limitless knowledge from both the left, right, and center perspectives.
But I point out that the only way that document could be subverted from its original start was for the “people” to allow it to happen. In the beginning the people were given the power. And they were given the tool to keep government in check. They did not do their job. The founders all wrote extensively about how it was going to be up to the people to keep what was given to them. I am not talking about their rights. We all agree that those rights are ours, and are not granted by any government. I am talking about a government that could be controlled by the people. That is what was given, and the founders all knew that the people would have to take great steps to ensure that they didn’t lose that remote control that could turn government off. A few of their quotes:
God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty…. And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure. Thomas Jefferson
The citizens of the U.S. are responsible for the greatest trust ever confided to a political society. James Madison
The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government — lest it come to dominate our lives and interests. Patrick Henry
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. Thomas Paine
No political truth is certainly of greater intrinsic value, or is stamped with the authority of more enlightened patrons of liberty than that on which the objection is founded. The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny. James Madison
We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God. James Madison
Government is not reason; it is not eloqence; it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. George Washington
The founders warned us again and again that we would have to remain diligent in keeping the power of the federal government from growing out of control. We did not heed their words and we failed in our mission. And what exactly have we allowed to happen to our country? We have allowed our Constitution to be bastardized to the point of non-recognition. We have allowed politicians to line out whatever sections get in their way and interpret its words in whatever form is most convenient in order to serve their purposes. We have allowed them to use every conceivable crisis to subvert our freedom. My God, the Chief of Staff came right out and stated that we should never allow a crisis to pass without taking the opportunity to do things that we would otherwise be unable to do, and people didn’t bat an eye. There should have been a march on Washington and an immediate removal of everyone who felt that way. We did NOTHING! The left said it was no big deal, the right raised a stink for a week and then forgot. Well I didn’t. It was a candid admission that politicians are looking for every opportunity to take advantage of the situation to usurp my freedom.
We have allowed the politicians to divide and conquer. Again, this is the tactic for both sides of the aisle. Look back to history. Every major bad occurrence has led to a reduction in freedom, no matter who was in power. The Civil War took away state sovereignty. The Great Depression took away so many freedoms I cannot list them all. Let’s look a little closer to now. The attacks on 9/11 led to the Patriot Act. The economic crisis is leading to government control of business, increased welfare, cap and trade, and possibly a corrupt version of something the government is trying to tell us is health care reform, but in actuality is nothing more than increased government control. The examples in history are endless from both parties. Yet we still have those who stand firm and defend the party lines, throwing reason to the wind, and more important, allowing ideology to trump our values.
Oh I know how the liberals are going to wet themselves at the use of a quote from Glenn Beck, but I feel I must use it anyway. Because it shows how our reason has been lost. Beck notes, “You cannot take away freedom to protect it, you cannot destroy the free market to save it, and you cannot uphold freedom of speech by silencing those with whom you disagree. To take rights away to defend them or to spend your way out of debt defies common sense.” Think about what he is saying here and tell me where he is wrong, oh great and lefty sages. Yet you espouse those solutions each and every day. It makes no sense. And these are the tactics that both of the two parties use as justification for increasing government, spending out of control, and snatching freedom from the grasp of free men.
Our government has lost its ever lovin mind. Yet we allow them to continue down this path that is both devoid of reason and values. And we allow it by rationalizing what they are doing. Providing health care is a good thing. Punishing others to do so is as evil as watching the poor die in the street. Protecting our freedom is a good thing. Usurping our rights to do so is as evil as selling our safety to the enemy. Helping a man who is down is a good thing. Forcing someone else to help him instead is as evil as cutting his legs out from under him. If you fail to understand these basic tenets of real core values, then you are intentionally ignoring your reasoning ability in order to serve a government that will not serve you when you are in need.
Thus, as you can see, I have found that a two part article is going to be the path for this one. While I have done my best to introduce the topic of what our government has become, I have not yet begun to touch the reasons for why it has been allowed to happen. What I am talking about is what those who are most vocal on this subject, BF, JAC, and Peter, constantly attempt to remind us about. I am talking about values and principles. Today’s America seems to have lost them completely. At a minimum we have for some reason decided that we are OK with an entire government populated by men and women who have blatantly shown us that they don’t even know how to spell the word values. And that is what I will discuss Sunday Night/Monday Morning in Part 2.