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The federal republic that is the government of these United States is a system of the majority. We are a democracy only in that we let the majority of people vote for whom shall represent us in government.
The candidate backed by the majority shall rise to office, to represent those that put him there through both financial support of their campaign, as well as actual votes on election day. But here is where it gets dicey, those who win public office owe their allegiance to those who provided the most cash to enable the winning of the most votes that put them there into high office. So where does this leave the small man, the common everyday citizens, regardless of whether they voted for, or against, whomever shall be voted to control our government?
What we are currently suffering from here in the United States is the bipolarization of our political system. When the red party was in power, half of our nation did not feel that their needs were being adequately considered by the government. Conversely, now that the blue party has been elevated into power, the roles have reversed. Every election is the same. The tide ebbs and flows.
One year we are ruled by the red team, another year by the blue team, and every year, about half of us feel as if we are being oppressed by whomever is in power at that moment. What the followers of these two teams fail to realize is that no matter what the color of affiliation, both the reds and the blues have used the power of government to enrich themselves, while wrecking our economy, as they “kick the can down the road” time and again, refusing to deal with the leviathan that they both created, our national debt.
While I expect a “red” wave of Republicans winning elections this coming November, I’d still prefer a Libertarian “gold” wave. The Reds and the Blues have been in power since before the Civil War, and their bipartisan efforts have only heaped burden upon burden upon the shoulders of the common citizen.
While I will take for the time being anything that might reverse the ineptitude that has been thrust upon us as the results of the 2020 election campaigns, I think it is finally time to put another team with a different color into the hot-seat.
Our government needs to again be as small as it was before Woodrow Wilson. Our government needs to cut ALL the fat out of the budget, leaving only what is absolutely necessary. Our government needs to end every department that is not named in our Constitution (most notable, the Department of Education and the Federal Reserve). It took an amendment to our Constitution to ban alcohol and another amendment to repeal that failed amendment, so why didn’t it take another amendment to our Constitution to declare the war on drugs? If it is truly important enough, Congress needs to amend our Constitution to address an issue.
Conversely, if it is not important enough to amend our Constitution, then is it really important enough to tax you at gun point to make you pay for it? In addition, our Constitution specifically states that ONLY Congress shall declare war, but when was the last time that our Congress actually declared war? (I’ll give you a hint, it was in 1941!) And how many U.S. service men, service women and taxpayer dollars have been pissed away around the world to kill innocent civilians as collateral damage in faraway lands?
My goal is to not just flip the party in power to the other team again – my goal is to stand up for the very same rights and liberties that our forefathers fought for in our War for Independence from Great Britain. My goal is to make our government small enough again to fit into the Constitution that I swore an eternal oath to protect and defend.
Thomas Jefferson wrote that the entire purpose of government is to protect the preexisting natural rights of individuals. Governments are not founded to create new rights and arbitrarily dispense benefits upon preferred groups, but to secure rights that existed before governments were ever created.
It is the people, therefore, who give the government its power, without which it would be powerless and without which it cannot legitimately act. Jefferson wrote that when and if an established government fails to protect our natural rights, its only legitimate function, it is the right of the people to abolish it and establish new government to achieve these ends.
My question for you is when shall you deem it important enough to rein in the government that you elect to office, or to replace them with a new government?