I am continually – though less-so every day – amazed at the disdain with which We the People are treated by ALL of these don’t-even-bother-calling-them-‘Representatives’ in Washington – or who want to be hired by us to live there.
Disdainful enemies of our Liberty and the Rule of Law that is America?
It is amazing that people still think the establishment GOP will alter the course we are on. Not a chance in Hell.
The GOP is just a Progressive Fifth Column, and more dangerous than the Dems, who at least are honest about their desire to turn America totalitarian. The GOP has the same goal as the Democrats: a Progressive empire, but lies to their voters by campaigning on liberty every cycle – then goes and votes the Democrat platform once in office.
Supporting limited, Constitutional government and STILL voting GOP at this point, after 2010, 1012, and – especially – 2014, is an indication of insanity, or true support for the Progressive destruction of America.
The GOP passes the same policies, spends the same money, lies the same way. There ain’t a gnat’s ass worth of difference between the GOP and DNC when you get right down to it. Seriously – WHAT would be different today had the Democrats won in 2014?
Not a damned thing.
It ain’t gonna change until someone does more than talk. The REALLY surprising thing is that no one yet has. The internet is just the pressure-relief valve on the People, and the government knows it. We sit here and yammer at each other, releasing some steam, and the pressure doesn’t rise to the level required to effect real change.
And, no, Levin’s Liberty Amendments wouldn’t get it done. They aren’t drastic enough, they don’t fix the problem – voters not invested in liberty, and they rely on the government following the law. Why would they start doing that?
If they don’t follow the current Constitution and aren’t thrown in jail or hanged, what makes these people think they’ll follow the next one? And, OBTW, I don’t see any Jeffersons or Washingtons or Hamiltons out there in the body politic, do you?
Liberty requires accountability from those we choose to represent OUR desires in law. No republic with a ratio of citizens to representatives above about 30,000:1 has ever succeeded for any serious length of time, and we are at about 700,000:1. If they don’t know us, and if they have no time to meet with us, and if we cannot bribe them enough to help them get re-elected, how and why would they represent us?
Want to know why the rich run the government and crony capitalism runs amok? Because only the wealthy can get the ear of the non-representatives in Congress and the White House, and because a corrupted Congress has allowed SCOTUS to exceed their Constitutional boundaries, as well: Congress defines their jurisdiction.
Example: Do the Feds have ANY Constitutional say on marriage? No. Voter ID? No. So it really doesn’t matter what SCOTUS says on either. Adult governors need to just point to the enumerated powers and the 10th Amendment (for marriage), and the 14th Amendment (the ONLY federal penalties for franchise violations) – and ignore them.
If the GOP – really – were against abortion, for example, they’d have passed legislation when the GOP owned Congress and the presidency, and simply removed abortion from the jurisdiction of the federal courts. That they did not do so only proves that the GOP sees abortion as a campaign funding device – and that’s it. (Disclosure – I am not anti-abortion; I use it as an example to illustrate the stupidity of the GOP voters who still expect GOP politicians to follow their own platform.)
So let’s talk about altering the Constitution, before or after the adults secede, in a way that can actually do some good:
Voting is about the future – by definition. If one has no kids, one has no stake in that future and there is no reason to allow them to vote. A parent MIGHT vote selfishly; a non-parent WILL vote selfishly. I really don’t care if someone chooses not to have kids and still demands the vote. So what? Lots of 17-yo kids want the vote – we don’t give it to them, either. Arguably the biggest mistake since the 17th Amendment was the 26th Amendment – nothing good came of either one. As for gays & lesbians, they can adopt if they want to be parents, but the same logic applies.
ANYONE getting income from the government ought to be prohibited from voting at that level – municipal income (job) -> can’t vote at municipal level. Federal income – welfare or job -> can’t vote at that level. State – same thing. Social security, too – they royally screwed up this nation by raising the worst generation in the history of the known universe: Baby Boomers – then relaxed at 65, took their retirement, bought cabins & motor homes and left the rest of us to clean up the detritus of the mess of the selfish, infantile, demanding, totalitarian, me-me-me kids they left behind as they waved goodbye from the Lido Deck.
The WW2 & pre-Boomer generations are gonna die before the bill comes due, so letting them keep voting is insane after what they’ve already done to us and our future. (Yes, my dad fought in WW2.) I’d leave out Medicare, but that’s the only fed program that should not automatically take one off the voter rolls.
Government sector unions ought to be abolished. Period. Look at this list. Below is a subset – top 6 donors to campaigns 2002-14: Half-a-BILLION dollars from govt sector unions to the DNC – just laundering taxpayer money from GOP, Independent and Dem taxpayers straight to Democrat campaigns. PURE CORRUPTION.
A Flat Tax is the only serious way to take money out of politics. But the Right is too stupid to approach it in any context other than a tax cut for the rich, and the Left doesn’t believe we should keep ANY of what we earn.
The establishment GOP will yammer about a flat tax – but doesn’t really believe in it: Did they pass it when they owned Congress & the presidency? Nope. With a flat tax their 1% donors couldn’t manipulate the system any more. Same with Dems. Both need the current tax code to continue their corruption of our country.
And, SERIOUSLY, cut the Hell out of the military. We don’t NEED to defend the entire Western world; most of the West is wealthy enough to defend themselves. And if we decide we must defend some other nation, well Ike had that figured out in 1954, and it brought peace to the world and smaller defense budgets to the US.
It infantilizes other nations and their subjects (one hates to call them ‘citizens’ when they can’t own guns and their national currency is abolished without their permission) for us to keep making their defense choices for them. They are run by adults, let them make their choices of guns v butter, and live or die with the consequences.
Ukraine made a choice giving up their nukes. Oops. Iran is making a choice to build nukes. Fine. Saudi Arabia will make the choice to nuke Iran – great; it’s what Americans seem to want by returning the shia-enabler to the White House. Iran, Saudi Arabia and Democrat voters (and a corrupt GOP unwilling to remove a lawless president) will have to live by the consequences of that decision – as millions die from them in the Middle East, and, frankly, good riddance.
(I would be willing to bet that the discussions in Riyadh & Jerusalem right now are between Israel and Saudi Arabia as to who will have to – or get to – nuke Iran. Israel just wants to be left alone – and Iran won’t let them, and the Saudi Sunni have been fighting the Persian Shia for millennia. The idea that the Sunnis will let the Shia get the bomb is historically ignorant. Muslims are illiterate and ignorant about an awful lot of things, but their own history isn’t one of them. Sunnis have had the bomb since Pakistan detonated several in 1998 – and haven’t used it. No one who understands Iran thinks that they won’t use one immediately after building it. Yes, Obama understands Iran – he wants them to have the bomb; if you still think otherwise, it is past time for your nap.)
People still think there is a return to liberty in our future that will be accomplished by electing another member of the Ruling Class, whether Democrat or Republican.
These people are insane.
If anyone other than Rand, Cruz or, perhaps, Carly, is elected, we the voters will be doing the same thing and expecting different results. Even then, non-invested voters and size will be detrimental to our liberty.