I ask myself questions everyday. I try to test my thoughts on occasion, to make sure they still hold water. I think about my political affiliations, ask myself why I align myself with the left like I do. That truth doesn’t change. I have seen what the right’s idea of politics and economics can do, and I dislike it. It doesn’t breed the business success it claims to, and it is built on a thought which is antithetical to freedom, that business comes first. Business looks out for business, not freedom. The bottom line is all important, freedom is an afterthought. The very thought that business comes first in the eyes of these pro-business government representatives, who talk much of small government like it means something (small government is an oxymoron that only morons believe in) makes freedom a second class citizen in the halls of justice.
It isn’t that democrats are much better. They have the same eyes the republicans do, see the same things, act the same ways. What they do that elevates them above the republicans is to put business second, behind freedom. The real difference between democrats and republicans is usually a few percentage points on a balance sheet. And both sides are controlled by lobbyists, democrats are just less craven about it, and don’t stay bought. They do not bow and scrape before the business interests in the same way that republicans do.
Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority: still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority.
Viddy of the day: Thom Hartmann – Founding Fathers and the Constitution
Proof that the difference is mere percentage points? The republicans want to cut $60,000,000,000 from the budget , and the democrats want to cut something like $5,000,000,000 or some such, I do not remember the exact number for the dems. In the face of a $14,000,000,000,000 deficit the difference between them is literally in the realm of thousands of 1 percent of that number. They can’t get rid of the debt with such half measures. So at this point, why try? If the difference in their actions does nothing for the future, and only hurts the present why act at all?
To appease the masses? To appeal to their own sense of duty, no matter how little is actually done? To create the illusion for the voters that they are doing something? All three?
It seems so.
The answer to the first question is a simple truth, or so it seems. They always try to please the crowd, because that crowd keeps them in their jobs. The answer to the second, I am not so sure of. I can guess in the affirmative, but I don’t sit in those seats, I don’t know that they have a sense of duty at all, beyond their duty to the lobbyists and to trying to keep their jobs via appeasement. The third seems the reality that links the first answer to the second.
But it’s not like I’m telling you something you didn’t know there. But sometimes these things get glossed over, and forgotten, they must be mentioned and brought into focus every once in a while, if for no other reason than to remind us that it is our duty to safeguard our own future, not legislators.
We have to look after ourselves, seeing how they look after themselves, and clearly not us. They would cut programs that do much good for millions of Americans in the name of frugality and economic common sense, while saving us, in the only proper scale we have, nothing. Causing us pain, not to do us good, but to do a perceived good, which will end up helping no one but their own political ends.
Is it too late in the day to revolt, America?
Let that thought guide your dreams this night. I’ll write to you tomorrow.