Sunday, October 26, 2008

Sometimes you just have to remember...

I was reading another blog this morning and (of course) disagreeing with the general premise of the argument the guy was making, and I decided to make sure I had the phrasing right in my response to the rationale behind the establishment of our American government. There's a reason we don't study the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence to any great detail in our public schools. It's dangerous stuff for people to have ingrained in their thinking.
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness." (*emphasis added)

We forget this second part, because we hear the first part all the time as justification for getting the government the hell out of our business. It's the more important part, though, the basis for my liberal thinking. We need the government the hell IN our business. History has shown us for generations and generations (and I mean long before there was a United States) that, unchecked by the people, the powerful will eventually and always become despotic. I would submit to you that the plutocracy we have become is on the verge of despotism even now.

I still believe we can turn this around. We just need to remember: we are not a capitalist society at our core; we are a democratic republic. It is the job of capitalism to create wealth, but capitalism is a rabid beast; it is the job of a democratic republic to control the beast in such a way that ensures the safety and happiness of the people. Government regulation is a requirement to that purpose, in other words.

Forget about taxes and spending. They're all - Republican and Democrat alike - going to tax and spend. All we need to be concerned about at this point is who is going to govern in such a way to secure the safety and happiness of all the people and not just some of the people. If you're like me, a struggling middle-class citizen with children, I believe this is the most important election of your lifetime. This is the turning point where we, the people, decide its time to throw off the plutocracy we've been ruled by for the past two or three decades, or resign ourselves to their future rule and watch the American dream fade to black.

2 comments:

Transitrocker said...

Scott: WAY TO GO ON THE BLOG!! I agree that schools do NOT do a good job teaching kids govt anymore. I do think that the gov't does a crappy job though when it comes to taking care of us, and that we can help ourselves most of the time. People are greedy. Banks gave out loans to people who should not have gotten them, BUT we should not have taken those loans either! The economy right now is doing the correct thing by correcting itself, but it will take a while. I am with you that govt SHOULD have stepped in when these TERRIBLE loans were being made. Since we are not a laizzes faire country, they need to help when that goes on. I like the way you lay out your reasons for your beliefs. Thanks!

Diana said...

Oh my goodness. Now I understand why we have not been communicating though I love you so much. Can this really be someone who came from me, a Conservative Libertarian to the core who definitely wants the government the hell out of my business.

What you propose, and has been proven over the last two years, is an open invitation to corruption and tyranny. The reason Jesus came is to give us life and that more abundantly. A path in which we can govern ourselves with Him at the helm. Governments, especially Christless, secular governments driven by runaway greed can only go one way, proven by history over and over again...tyranny.

Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Liberals in power are the most power hungry, self promoting, blood and life sucking individuals on the earth with absolutely no grasp of economics and reality. It is being demonstrated now. They run out of money...just print more money. Hell, paper is cheap.

They cloak themselves in lies of concern for all people but create a society which stifles creativity and individualism by spending it to death. And who will pay for all of this. People like you and me. You think you have struggled in the past? Just wait. When they are finished, Americans will no longer be free to provide for their families. The runaway spending will create an inflation like has never been seen in this country. We will see it escalate this year.

It is not up to government to take care of people because they can't. It is up to government to provide a safe land in which people are free to pursue opportunities and take care of themselves and their families and neighbors. Money placed in the hands of those in power is mis-spent more often than not, never making it's way to our families and neighbors. We are nothing to the government except a number which they can extract money from.

This current administration's actions will certainly, if not checked...and it may be too late...destroy all freedom to take care of our families and neighbors. It will create a situation where self preservation will be on everyone's mind out of necessity.

Nanny states do not work. They never have and they never will. The God fearing middle class in this nation is the only thing standing in the way of the fall of America. Is it strong enough? We are soon to find out.

Oh...and on the loans...the results of uthopian thinking... liberals were the ones who orchestrated by legislation that debacle pressing banks to give loans to minorities who couldn't pay them back. Barney Frank being the big one and Chris Dodd the other. Idiots. They have no understanding of sound business practices.

The cost of your health care?...Food will go out of sight...gas will double or triple...inflation is going to eat your lunch, my dear.

People can get by without health care if they eat properly...I have for many, many years. But getting by without quality good food...that is another matter.

Did you not read the Bible when you were growing up? 1/3 of the people will starve...why? Because they won't be able to AFFORD THE DAMN FOOD.

BTW, I don't like Republicans any more than Liberals.

:-)

When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down "happy." They told me I didn't understand the assignment, and I told them they didn't understand life.
-- John Lennon