After reading the responses of a few of those on SUFA, I can see that some did not accept the message in my article “Political Reality”
I named the post “Political Reality” for a reason. The reason: because this was the reality.
I did not post it as an assumption. I did not post it as an expectation.
I posted it because it was the world right now.
It was long because I wanted to present a complete picture with the necessary evidence of this reality.
But, for some, it completely missed.
There are still some on SUFA that believe dancing and singing around Federal politics will achieve something. Worse, there is still a belief that their own dancing and singing will achieve some change in Washington.
I posted comprehensive and coherent reasons why this is a fool’s errand.
I posted why a fool’s errand at this point in the nation’s life is dangerous.
It appeared for some to have no effect.
When a presentation that is comprehensive and coherent is ignored, there can only be two reasons.
The presentation was too complex, or the people are living in denial.
I will address each.
(1) Too complex, so a short review
Politics in America is totally based on providing benefits to a minority while spreading the costs broadly.
Example, Social Security. The actual beneficiaries represent 12% of the population – the cost is spread among the 88% of the rest.
The political power: 12% of the population is a huge swing vote. Any politician who dares mention a reduction in Social Security will never get elected.
Politicians need to be elected.
Therefore, no politician who wants to be elected will make cuts to Social Security
Everyone agree? Anyone disagree?
The next step in the reasoning: all the big government programs deliver benefits to a minority – but a large enough minority as to be absolutely politically powerful as a swing vote.
Thus, no big government program can be cut by a politician who wants to be elected
Therefore, no big government program that needs to be cut will be cut
Note, I did not make any reference to any political party or political movement, because this Iron Law of Politics is not dependent on any political party philosophy.
America has been a two party one government system for nearly 200 years.
When was the last President who was not of either major party?
Well, he is the President everyone forgets in the Trivial Pursuit question round of “name all the Presidents” -Millard Fillmore, 1850-1853 after the death of Taylor.
But the last ELECTED third party candidate was Taylor himself in 1849 as a Whig.
The last – and only – true independent President was George Washington.
Yet, there are those that believe they can elect an independent candidate to the Presidential office – something that arguably has only happened once, 220 years ago!
Yet, there are those that believe they can elect a third party candidate to the Presidential office – the last time was 160 years ago!
By what electoral magic does anyone believe that this will happen in 2014? Three years to organize a third party or independent presidential candidate with sufficient electoral draw to win?
If anyone believes this, they are naive.
Since 1855, when was the last congress elected with a majority of independents?
The 56th Congress in 1899 was the most non-two party Congress with only 11 sitting Representatives not aligned with either party.
By what electoral magic does anyone believe that an introduction of independent and/or third party candidates will displace either major party in Congress?
If anyone believes this, they are naive.
If anyone believes the two-party-one-government system of Washington can be changed at either the Congress or the Executive level is naive.
Without a change in the two-party-one-government system of Washington, no change is possible in Washington.
There will be no change to the two-party-one-government system until the system is wholly discredited.
Discrediting this system will take time – a long time after the reckoning – it will take bankruptcy and a whole lot more.
The more? You cannot beat something with nothing.
If there is nothing to replace the system, the system will remain.
If there is anything that can replace the system and nothing other than that, that is what will replace the system.
If that system is immoral and corrupt, the new system will be immoral and corrupt.
But if there is nothing else, that is what you will get
How will any alternative to an immoral, corrupt system happen?
By preparing a moral system right now capable of replacing the failed.
(2) Living in denial, grief.
When a situation of enormous and critical concern happens, such as this coming reckoning, often the immensity of the issues and the undeniable conclusions often will invoke the same feelings of grief as from a death. In fact, many will begin feel the same as if a death occurred – a death in the way of life that they were taught would exist for as long as they lived.
We are all generally familiar with the 5 stages of grief:
- Denial—”It’s fine.”; “This can’t be happening, not to us”
Denial is usually only a temporary defense for the individual. This should be wholly relieved by now two posts with a preponderance of background support. It will happen here and sooner then later.
- Anger—”Why us now? It’s not fair!”; Who is to blame?”
Once in the second stage, the individual recognizes that denial cannot continue. Because of anger, the person is very difficult to reason with for due to misplaced feelings of rage. Any individual that offers reasons for the event, dialogues philosophy and principles about the cause and consequences – any energy about the reckoning is subject to projected resentment.
- Bargaining—”We can figure this out”; “We have options, if we can vote in the right people”
The third stage involves the hope that the individual can somehow postpone or delay. Psychologically, the individual is saying, “I understand it will happen, but if we could just have more time…maybe someone will fix it”
- Depression—”I’m so sad, why bother with anything?”; “What’s the point?”; “I miss what was my country” “I want my Constitution and my country back!”
During the fourth stage, the person begins to understand the certainty of the reckoning. Because of this, the individual may become silent, refuse dialogue and refuse to discuss other options that may prepare for times after reckoning. This often leads back to denial.
- Acceptance— “I can’t fight it, I may as well prepare for it.”
In this last stage, the individual begins to come to terms with his situation and begins to work for the new changes required to survive and thrive in a new world.
If you are in any of these stages other then (5), you are becoming trapped – trapped by time.
Moving through these stages into actually doing something functional for the future is vital, because this “doing something” requires a lot of work in advance of the coming reckoning.
Delays here could be fatal, as time is fleeting and the coming day of reckoning is completely uncertain – it could be tomorrow.
To be clear, I will not participate in any dialogue or discussion regarding the politics over Washington. I have no time for such sick entertainment.