Why am I increasingly of the opinion that we are not "voting our way out of this"?
Because of gos-se like this:
The really depressing part of that article is the comments section, which right now leans 90% toward chastising the man for not bending over and taking it like a patriot. “My safety is worth more than your inconvenience!” “Like it or not, we’re at war, and that’s the way things are now!” “If you don’t like it, walk!” “If you don’t like it, leave the country!”
To be certain, we are reading Marko’s interpretation of the comments, so go read them for yourself; after about five minutes, if you do not come to the conclusion that he was under-exaggerating the mentality on parade there, you were not paying attention.
As touched on briefly in a previous post, and tried to explain to Dennis on the way to airsoft last weekend, and have undoubtedly mentioned multiple other times in the past, "the government" is not America’s problem. Arguably, "the government" has never been America’s problem. Our country’s problem is, has always been, and will be (until we find / are forced into another form of government) those people who continue to re-elect the scumbag politicians who incrementally destroy our rights and freedoms, and, with them, our country.
Our country’s problem is those people who think bending over and accepting a warrantless, reasonless search of personal articles in the name of "security" is an acceptable practice.
Our country’s problem is those people who think the money they receive from the government through various "social" programs is "free".
Our country’s problem is those people who are firmly convinced that all of the other Representatives and Senators suck, but theirs are ok.
Our country’s problem is those people who thought Our Glorious President was going to make a fantastic President before the last election.
The list of problems goes on and on and and on far farther than I would ever like to record, and, so far as I can tell, the sum total of all of those "problem" people FAR outweigh those few folks like you and me and the rest of our likeminded brethren who are interested in such archaic, outdated concepts as "fiscal responsibility", "individual rights", or "freedom". So, as I said, the problem is not the "American Government"; the problem is the American people, and until such time as you can convince me how you are going to dissuade the majority of those folks from continuing to gobble up every dollar from the government they can get their grubby little paws on, do not talk to me about "voting our way out of this".
(By the same token, until such time as you are comfortable with the notion of shooting your neighbors, do not talk to me about "revolution", "shooting our way out of this", "taking back the government", or any of that other idiotic, threeper crap. Sure, the first wave of fighting will probably be against the jack-booted thugs and their black helicopters, but once that initial melee passes and if the JBTs lose (hell of an "if", that), then comes the shocking realization by welfare queens, self-righteous Social Security recipients, slackers, and other leeches on the American people that the money they were receiving is there no longer. And tell me – how exactly do you think all of those recipients of "social" programs will take this revelation? How will those commenters at the news article above take the sudden removal of their security blanket? Thanks to superhighways, both informational and physical, the next American "revolution" will not be fought on clearly-defined borders, but rather house-to-house, office-to-office, and that never ends well for anyone involved.)