I confess that I experience some degree of perverse entertainment / amusement while I watch my peers and compatriots convince themselves they have to vote for either the crap sandwich or the gos-se sandwich in the upcoming Presidential election. No, a third party is not going to win this election, and it does not even really have a chance of placing that well in the overall polls… which is primarily due to the fact that no one votes third party, which is due to those people convincing themselves that third parties cannot win, which is due to the fact… And ’round and ’round we go.
What can I say? Circular logic makes me giggle.
Come this election, though, I will be voting my conscience (or at least as close as I can get to it, which is not saying a whole lot), which, in this case, means a third party – both the Republicans and the Democrats are headed in exactly the same direction; the only variables are their velocities. Both want your money. Both want to control your life (though in arguably different fashions). Both think you are too stupid to live life on your own terms. Both want to limit your choices, or, better yet, make them for you. Both are too concerned with their own continued employment to worry about their constituents.
And none of that is changing. In the course of the past 200+ years, we have successfully transformed “politics” from something wealthy land-owners did in their spare time when they were not managing their land and businesses, to a whole new business in and of itself. And you cannot hardly blame people for engaging in a little friendly authoritarianism when their livelihoods are on the line, now, can you?
I can, and I do.
However, the politicians, and their abuses of their powers, are only a symptom of the problem – a glaring, jarring symptom, but still just an outward exhibition of a greater, and significantly more concerning, affliction which, when taken to its natural conclusion, does not bode well for the country we think of as “America”:
I’ve backed off quite a bit on overt political content (“Vote for so-and-so!”) here: I think the U. S. is doomed. Probably doomed to a long, slow Roman Empirish-ish decline — “History doesn’t repeat, but it rhymes.” Doomed nevertheless: too much is given away from the public purse to too many. It adds up to a solidly pro-Leviathan voting bloc, especially when one includes government workers, and it is an effective majority already.
By dint of this glorious constitutional republic* experiment our Founders provided with all those centuries ago, we, the people, have provided the impetus for the downfall of the same. We just kept on electing, re-electing, and refusing to recall politicians who gave away money they had no right to, incrementally infringed on our rights under the guise and color of “law”, protected their own positions of power and authority at the cost of their constituents and our country, and generally considered the country and the government to be their own private playpen and piggybank combined. What, exactly, did you think was going to happen? Better yet, Congress has discovered it literally can bribe the American people with “Welfare”, “Social Security”, “Medicare”, “Medicaid”, and countless other “social welfare” programs that exist exclusively to pad the pockets of the legislators involved in them, and move money from the rich to the poor as inefficiently and indirectly as possible.
Alexis de Tocqueville was right, and the sad thing is that the people who are proving him right probably have no idea who he was.
So, yes, I do concur that the country is on a pretty muchinescapabledecline, not because of the big bad Federal Government, but because of those majorities of people who support the Federal Government, who want their Social Security even though it has turned into nothing more than a Ponzi-Scheme scam, who want their welfare checks, who want someone else to make the hard decisions for them, who want their every wish taken care of, no matter the cost. And given that the government is all too happy to provide, what hope do we have for changing that?
Well, apart from the cold wall of reality we are eventually going to auger into once we run out of everyone else’s money.
(* – Not a gorramed “democracy”, contrary to the bleating of countless mouth-breathers.)