Let’s not be fooled, America.
Both of this nation’s political parties operating at the federal level have far more in common with each other than they do with you and I.
The polimedia—the revolving door between the mainstream media, the consultant class, bureaucrats and elected officials—has no more in common with you, than you have with a Moro tribesman, and if your idealism and insistence upon clinging to your Constitutional rights gets in the way of their desire for power and control, they have little moral objection to treating you the same way.
Their goal is to exert their influence over you, using laws and regulations in such a way as to bring themselves both power and financial advantage. It is human nature that great power leads inevitably to great corruption, and it is no coincidence that the counties surrounding Washington DC are among the wealthiest in the nation.
These self-styled elite are offended and more than a little afraid of the electorate. No, they aren’t remotely concerned about the several dozen urban cores from whence they draw their power. They’ve pacified them with government handouts, and will continue to exert tremendous influence over those they’re paying off and scaring into complicity as long as they can steal from the productive and borrow from our enemies.
No, they’re specifically afraid of you, those who failed to gratefully receive your indoctrinations, who fail to see the State as benevolent, who continue to dare hold to those crusty old Enlightenment values that propose that man can be something greater than a datapoint, a row in a spreadsheet, or asset to be taxed.
The overwhelming majority of federal legislation, talking points and “concerns” exist for the sole reasons of either advancing the statist agenda shared by Democrats and Republicans, or creating distractions and divisions that inevitably circle back around to that same statist goal. The same applies to most state governments as well.
Do you doubt this?
Look at any newspaper or television news web site. Tell me if you can find less than 50% of the stories on the page with a problem of some sort, where the solution isn’t more government involvement. I just did the same with my local newspaper, the News & Observer. The three obvious problems on the page were a desire for more school bonds, more teacher hiring/raises for state employees, and a power struggle between the state and city government over a desirable piece of property. The “obvious” answer to the polimedia that creates, writes, and disseminates the news is the expansion of government. Try the same thought process with your local news, and with U.S. national news. The solution is always more laws, more control, more spending.
Unsaid is the cost: less ideological diversity, less private money for investment or savings, less time, and less freedom. We’re working harder, with less to show for it, creating more fractured families, in a nation stitched together by unsustainable debit and boatloads of antidepressants.
Dumb, depressed, overworked and overextended is the way they want you. Stressed and stretched to the breaking point with no reserves, you are vulnerable. You are malleable. You are sheep.
There is no magic to fix this, my fellow Americans. We allowed this to happen by taking the easy way out time and again, betraying our founding principles, trading the illusion of temporary safety for our liberties.
We now live in a nation where every communication and transaction is tracked, logged, profiled and stored. Everything you buy online or in a store is tracked. Every web search you make, every web site you visit, every post to Facebook, every phone call to mom, is collected by private entities and the federal government. Again, the motive is profit and control.
It’s long past time we recognize that the interest of the government and those in government is growing government, to the expense of all else.