There are perhaps hundreds of reasons why, despite America being overwhelminglyÂ God-fearing and moral, being overwhelmingly center-to-right- of- center politically, having an inner bearing that is traditionalist in nature and conventional in matters of values, we find ourselves in the practical political gripÂ Â of near unbridled left-wing hegemony these days.Â If we want to call ourselves Republicans for the moment, both in the sense of favoring a political party and of revering our form of government, we can say that despite also winning control of Congresses, statehouses, the Presidency, and Supreme Court majorities from time to time, the long, sometimes slow, sometimes speedier descent into the valley that is the ProgressiveÂ manner of being continues.
Wiser and wittier than we have described and analyzedÂ this – Â we will call it ‘decline’ – Â but if we step back and look at the manner and approach and mindset of those we have in the past supported and elected and too oftenÂ re-supported and re-elected,Â at least one thing stands out: Our guys have a tendency to not only play by the rules, which is ordinarily an admirable distinction, but their agonizingly painful to watch and fatal flaw is that not only are they averse to being called politicians and rather fancy themselvesÂ ‘partners’ Â with the opposition in ‘bi-partisan approaches’ to ‘getting things done’, Â they go the extra mile and accept the definition of the problem as put forth by the opposition to begin with, or accept that there is a problem in the first place before even making a good faith effort to ascertain what the fuss is all about.Â They accept the premise.
There are exceptions to this, of course.Â Our side is usually almost universally opposed, in principle, to raising the level of taxation on any one class of citizens.Â But even there, they can often be persuaded that ‘the situation’ is so dire that some ground must be given.Â Occasionally, the situation really is dire, as in times of war or conflict or diasters natural and …’man-caused’, to borrow terminology from our Homeland Security folks.Â But way, way more prevalent are those fabricated, imagined,Â and frequently self-servingÂ ‘issues’Â cooked up in some coffeehouse on the Left Bank of some river somewhereÂ that our representatives alwaysÂ want to assure us with the utmost seriousness that they areÂ prepared to address.Â A lot of this is education, or lack thereof; a lot of it is conditioning; some of it is human nature – pols are people, too.Â But the sheer reflexive nature of it is distressing.
‘ There is a crisis in education.Â There is a crisis in health care.Â There is a housing crisis.Â There are drastic shortages of policemen, firemen, longshoremen, urban planners, theoretical mathematicians.’Â Perhaps the most frequently driven vehicle on the road to Socialist Heaven -Â Â ‘ The Planet cannot sustain itself; we must sacrifice to save itÂ .’Â And the ever- popular, righteous indignation- provoking ‘Someone is being denied a right.’
The list goes on.Â You could add to it all night long.Â What is maddeningly frustrating to observe is the tendency of our oh-so-conservative, low taxes, free enterprise-loving Republican officeholders (and here we will make it a point that we are talking about those at the state and local level as well as national) to admit without presentation of proof that a situation exists requiring not only their attention but their commitment of time and resources, with only the details as to the size of the commitment to be ironed out.Â Not only do they agree that there is a ‘situation’, they agree to use the terminology used by the proponents of whatever scam is in vogue – such as ‘health care reform’, or ‘global warming’, or ‘sustainable agriculture’.Â We could start another very long list of the terms and phrases from the Pop Culture and out of the Progressive Playbook that our team has agreed to use and merely by that agreement ceding three fourths of the argument on ‘how to proceed’.Â And the issues encompass the entire spectrum of societal endeavor, not just the fiscal and procedural, or the strictly meat and potatoes of law, order, security and welfare.Â We have turned the final corner and are now going down ‘The Proper Way to Think, Act, and Feel Boulevard’.
What must be confronted now if we areÂ as far along as many of us feel we are on this road to less freedom, less mobility, less wealth and a lesser America, is the notion that we send our representatives to our Congress, to our Legislatures, to our City Halls to ‘get things done’.Â Â We know of no oath of office anywhere in the land which says ‘I solemnly swear to get things done’.Â Or”I will faithfully execute plans to solve problems.”Â It has to start with us, and in this regard ‘bipartisanship’ can come into play – the great unwashed Democrat masses can join us Republicans if they so choose in saying to our public servantsÂ “We reject the premise that we sent you to Washington (or Albany, or Harrisburg) to do things.Â If you are operating under that premise, cease and desist.Â If anything, we are from this point forward sending you to the hallowed halls to UNDO things.”
We have come a long way from “a chicken in every pot”.Â Â We are so far gone that those who once promised chickens are promising to stop the rain.Â They are promising to turn the tides.Â They are promising to right every wrong and to absolve every hurt.Â We are not so naive as to not realize that in a nation as largeÂ and a civilization so ‘advanced’ as ours, andÂ in aÂ world ever in closer contact among all its populations, there are dire straits upon occasion,Â that Â there are difficulties to be ironed out, that proximity and commerce engage even the most freedom-loving among us in the necessity of making and following rules.Â Yes, the odd bridge has to be built.Â Thank goodness we have fifty free and spirited states to shoulder a large part of the day-to-day burden.Â AndÂ let us just say here that, as much as we are happy that the Thirteenth and other freedom-respecting Amendments to the Constitution were passed, we are equally happy that the Tenth and other freedom-respecting Amendments were not repealed.
But that those we choose to represent us, or those they hire as functionaries or even as judges, are chartered , much less even capable to see to the perfection of human beings and human interaction andÂ all conditions attendant to the existence of life of all forms, is folly and not in the job description.Â We think there are even some atheists out there who would agree with us on that.
Concluding, we anticipate the reaction to our ….suggestion….that we are henceforth sending our team out to ‘undo’ things, to beÂ likely along the lines of “Well, we can do a little of this and a little of that, but we can’t just willy-nilly do away with the Department of XÂ or the YZ Agency or the Federated 123 Commission, because they have become such a necessary part of our society and are vital to the sustainability of the middle class and civil rights and world peace, et cetera.”Â And to that we say, we again reject the premise.Â This time WE have described the crisis.Â We are calling it ‘government’.