It’s time for a good old-fashioned, stress-relieving rant.
The battle for votes between the two political camps threatens to leave the winner with a country in shambles. Some comfort can be found in the fact that neither candidate intends to try to keep all their outlandish and impossible promises. More comfort may be found in the fact that most of them could never find their way into law. Even if we ignore those promises, that still leaves us with trillions of dollars in additional spending that will drive the debt for future generations to astronomical proportions while making the money they have left to pay it with practically worthless.
I am tired of paying three dollars for a loaf of bread, four dollars for a gallon of milk and four-fifty for a gallon of gasoline while some empty headed politician on TV tells me that inflation is under control. I am tired of not being able to learn what is really going on because of the claims and counter-claims from the candidates as they attempt to shift blame to their political opponents. I am tired of Congress using our tax money for social engineering and economic manipulation. The Constitution only authorizes them to use it for the expenses of running the government.
I am tired of a Congress that is run by party bosses for the good of the party, instead of for the good of the country. I am tired of politicians who put party loyalty and a quest for power before loyalty to their constituents and the welfare of the country. There is something drastically wrong and definitely unconstitutional when the performance of our government and our culture is dictated by the Speaker of the House, the Majority Leader in the Senate and five left-leaning Supreme Court Justices.
I am tired of a Congress that treats the Constitution as a suggestion of how the government might be run—if it’s convenient—instead of as a contract that specifies how it must be run. I am tired of political correctness that prevents public figures from correctly identifying the problems we face and how we got here. Most of all I am tired of a whining, sniveling populace that seems incapable of distinguishing between government and Santa Claus.
I was born at the beginning of the socialist epoch and since the life span of socialism seems to be about seventy years, I will probably check out while it is in the process of collapsing. My formative years, which probably affected my worldview, was lived during the great depression and World War Two. I have watched the country move into socialism starting with the New Deal and progress through the Great Society and the War on Poverty. We are currently moving faster into total socialism than at any time in my memory, while many of my fellow citizens watch it happen and cheer its progress.
It is often difficult to see the pitfalls of socialism until it has been in place for a period of time and its true nature begins to emerge. The majority of my generation and almost all of my parent’s generation saw Franklin Roosevelt as one of the greatest Presidents in American history. I was almost thirty years old before I began to see him in a true light and started to understand the damage he did to our country and our Constitution.
There are two economic models available to modern societies, capitalism and socialism. When they are mixed socialism almost always crowds out capitalism because capitalism requires individual effort and responsibility, while socialism depends on the efforts of others and responsibility is shifted to the government. The biggest difference, however, between the two is in it’s administration.
Capitalism is self-administering and self-correcting. When engaged in properly it rewards its participants with prosperity and comfort. When engaged in improperly it punishes offenders with economic failure and the censure of society at large. Those who do not participate, either through ignorance of its workings or slothfulness, often fall prey to the siren song of socialism. Capitalism works independent of government because, at its core, it rests on an arrangement between those with a need and those who are willing to fulfill that need for a profit. The only oversight it requires from government is to police its honesty to insure the gullible are not taken unfair advantage of by the greedy.
Socialism, on the other hand, cannot function without an administrator. Someone must assume the role of taking from those who produce wealth and redistributing it to those who do not. Invariably that role is left to the government, with the acquiescence of enough citizens to make it possible. The administration of socialism is always presided over by a ruling elite, preaching equality and considering themselves more equal than most. The hallmark of socialism is corruption. The elites in charge line their pockets from the labors of the populace who are kept in a state of equal deprivation.
In the last month we have take some major steps toward complete socialism. The economic crisis, caused primarily by government policies intended to manage the economy, is creating an excuse for the government to take over major parts of the economy. The mortgage crisis, brought on by congressional demands for cheaper loans to homebuyers with inadequate means for repayment has led to a virtual takeover by government of the mortgage industry. These government induced, substandard loans increased the demand for houses which increased home prices to the point where the market collapsed.
The most culpable participants were the two quasi-government institutions, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac who were buying up these loans enabling banking institutions to issue even more. Both Freddie and Fannie also served as piggy banks to finance the opulent lifestyles of their executives and campaign cash for congressional leaders. The contagion spread to other financial institutions causing investment banks to begin falling like dominoes.
That coupled by a shortage of energy—also caused by government regulations—in a nutshell, explains our current economic crisis.
We are told, however, that the cause of the crisis is not enough regulation by government and the only solution is for the government to have even more control. In the past month the government has, in effect, nationalized the major portion of our housing industry and financial institutions. Within the past twenty-four hours it has nationalized AIG, a major player in our insurance industry, taking a seventy-nine percent equity interest in the company in exchange for an eighty five billion dollar loan.
Next in line is the automobile industry asking for fifty billion dollars to help with government demands to transform their manufacturing processes in order to meet the demands of radical environmentalists. The price for the companies, if their request is granted, will be more government control over their operations and even more expensive and more stringent regulations that they will be required to implement.
We now have the government telling us what kind of car we should drive, what type of lighting we must have in our homes, the type of TV sets we have to watch, what appliances to buy, how to discipline our kids; the list goes on ad infinitum.
Socialism cannot co-exist with our form of constitutional government. We have to choose between a government with limited constitutional powers and a socialist government with unlimited powers—while it lasts. I say, “It’s time to say ‘enough‘; throw all the bums out and start over“.