Political season is in full swing again: negative ads, the blame game, meaningless sound bites, etc. And, as usual, key words are missing. Have you heard one candidate use the word “sacrifice” in their campaign? Have you heard anyone accepting “responsibility” for anything? Have you heard either incumbents or challengers saying, “We have dug ourselves into a deep hole and getting out is going to be painful for everyone – you, me, rich, middle class, and poor”? It’s always the other guy who has dug the hole, with the speaker promising a simple, effortless, no-cost solution.
“We can fix education, infrastructure, and energy problems with the money recouped from government waste and inefficiency. We can cut taxes and use the savings to fight wars, create jobs, clean up the environment, and still have enough left over to cure your cough, and put a chicken in every pot. Trust me – we really can have our cake and eat it, too.”
Time after time we have bought the snake oil. Democrats offer it in blue bottles, Republican bottles are red, and Tea Party bottles have rainbow colors. There may be some good stuff in there, but we know that much of it is crap. Unfortunately, we are addicted.
Maybe it’s time to pay attention to a statement often attributed to a Scotsman named Alexander Tytler: “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury. After that, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits with the result that the democracy collapses because of the loose fiscal policy ensuing.”
“Voting ourselves largess” is a fancy way of saying that we keep buying the snake oil. If we want our democracy to continue, we the people need to stop being a part of the problem and start being part of the solution. Among other things that means that between now and November we need to become informed voters – and on Election Day, avoid the snake-oil salesmen.
I got an e-mail from a relative today and I listened to it. It’s on YouTube. This video is about a professor that teaches at a University in Prescott, Ariz. He is talking about the immigration law that Arizona passed and is trying to get implemented.
He brought up a point that should be well taken. He said: “How is it that our own president and one of his cabinet members, Eric Holder, are siding with a foreign government, Mexico, and trying to win a lawsuit against one of our own states?” This is unconstitutional, it has to be.
Did not President Obama swear on the Bible at his inauguration when he took office to uphold the United States Constitution? I don’t believe there was a clause in there that said, but if you think one of our states is in violation of a foreign government’s rights (what rights?) that you and that foreign government can sue that state. This is mind boggling. There has never been a president of the United States siding with a foreign government against one of the states in the history of the U.S.
Does anyone think that our government is crazy? I certainly think so. How can you for one minute explain that insanity?
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