I woke up today and realized that if the left and right in Washington today are mainstream, then I am an extremist. For generations now the choice in Washington has been bad policy or worse policy. We unenlightened masses have had to pick between the politicians that will set fire to everything we as Americans hold dear and the ones that will add an accelerant.
If the left is tax into oblivion, the center is tax to death, and the right is tax until it hurts, I choose none of the above. If the left is spend every penny they can find five times, the center is spend it all twice, and the right is try to keep spending a little over what we can afford, I choose none of the above.
The country is spending more money than it has, and will soon try to spend more money than it can borrow. I am not directly talking about the debt ceiling. They can raise that all day, even repeal it if they wish, and they will still soon run out of money because no one likes to lend to a known drug addict with a bad credit score (except the guys that break your legs when you don’t pay back, and even they stop lending when you run out of legs). They can try increasing taxes on “the wealthy”, on everyone, even on the fictional characters and dead people that put many Democrats in office every election cycle – but the Laffer curve will shortly beat the snot out of them.
Regulations and the tax code are strangling our economy to death, and the best answer even the “good guys” seem able to give is that we need more regulations, but better ones this time. A culture of death ignited by Roe V. Wade has killed an entire generation – people that today would be contributing to society if they hadn’t been so darn inconvenient just showing up uninvited in the womb like that(millions of dollars and education hours spent on sex education and we apparently never get around to explaining that pregnancy is what you should expect if you have sex.)
We spend more per pupil on education than most of the world, but our children learn less than most of the industrialized world and probably less than some of the undeveloped world – even an American public school educated person can see the answer is therefore not to throw MORE money at it.
In America today we have to fight our own government constantly to keep from losing more of the rights enshrined in the Constitution. A few quick examples –
1st Amendment (Campaign finance reform is all about silencing your political speech), (Try exercising your freedom of religion in a “public” location such as a school), (Freedom of association apparently doesn’t mean you can’t be forced to join a union if you want to make a living), (Freedom of the press, yeah, maybe for the “correct” kind of press – just so long as we have a fairness doctrine)
2nd Amendment (Right to bear arms is pretty basic, but every single day somewhere in America some politician is trying to limit your ability to do so)
– Contrast those examples with the unassailable “right to privacy”, apparently my copy of the Constitution is misprinted because I can’t find that one, which guarantees the right to destroy your child. Or the equal protection clause that apparently means that homosexuals need to be treated equally by getting something different called the same.
Enough! The taxers, the spenders, the regulators, the social experimenters, the panderers – they must be defeated. Just because something may be rationalized as somehow being good – heck, just because something IS good doesn’t mean it should be done by government.
Here is my simple and very reasonable plan for the future of our country. Follow the Constitution – exactly as it is, without penumbras or hidden rights or a baffling “general welfare” interpretation. If it isn’t prescribed in there, don’t do it. If it is proscribed in there, don’t do it. If you think it might be okay but aren’t sure, don’t do it. I am reasonable and willing to compromise by the way. Instead of cutting every extra-Constitutional program immediately, we can start by reducing each and every one by 20% immediately. That’s an 80% win for the ruling class isn’t it? I mean every time they 20% socialized the Republic I was supposed to be happy with the 80% win right? And while we are at it, if a public school educated 10th grader can’t read AND understand the tax code over lunchtime – it is bad for the economy, bad for the country, and downright immoral. I’m willing to compromise on this too. If they change to a flatter tax, I’ll let them have their
proregressive tax brackets, say 3. I’ll even give them a special compromise win – they can each add one loophole, credit(nonrefundable), or subsidy (that’s 536 loopholes by my reckoning – which has to be a million less than we have now, but no one actually knows since it is mentally impossible for any single human being to know the full extent of our multi-million word tax code.
Although some of this is facetious in tone, I am deep down serious. From now on, I’m not interested in a compromise that only benefits the tyrants. I will do everything in my power to see them defeated, whatever the little letter in parentheses by their name may be and whatever color CNN puts on their state or district on election day. That also means rewarding those that take a stand, and for the first time I can remember there are actually enough of them up there that you’d notice, let’s swell their ranks next year. We must educate our neighbors, get active as precinct committeemen, and do all the things we can. We can all write with passion, but if we wait for others to do what we can do, what use are we?
This nation went from being the new kid without two nickels to rub together to being the preeminent super-power in the world in about 200 years, and did it by living the principles in set forth in our founding documents. The Founders had political insight that could only be Divinely inspired, and we throw it away a little more each day, for the most trivial of things.