As so often seems to be the case, we find ourselves again wrestling with things that our founding fathers warned us about. In their day, they referred to them as “Factions”, but we know them as political parties. However, buying into our political parties in the same way that we root for our favorite football or baseball team is inherently self defeating.
We are not doing ourselves any favors by dedicating ourselves to the prospects of being a “Republican” or a “Democrat”. In the final analysis, neither one of those things actually means anything. The current debt ceiling debate is a perfect example. In 2006, then Senator Obama said:
“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a Sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. …Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here’. Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and Grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”
Of course, today Obama has “Matured” and indicates that he no longer believes what he said in 2006. He even goes so far as to admit that he did not believe it at the time but had to make a political calculation in making that statement. In other words, it sounds to me like he is saying he was willing to lie and not do what he believed was right in order to score political points. Hmm.
But let me suggest that we leave all of that bull behind. We need to become thinkers again and worry less about Miley Cyrus twerking and more about our individual liberties. So stop thinking in terms of left and right, Democrat and Republican. From here on out, do your homework and decide if the actions being taken by our elected officials make us less or more free. Then when you see a subject come up, decide which way to go based on how it effects your freedom and liberty. Be willing to stand with anyone – regardless of party – that is willing to make a stand for your individual freedoms.
Government involvement in ANYTHING is a bad thing for liberty. The founders had it right when they tried to create a federal government whose powers were intentionally left weak. In fact, the plan was for the individual states to have more power than the federal government. All powers we grant to government (and that is the way it works by the way. We grant them rights, they do not grant us rights. We have them already!), will eventually be abused. At least that has been the case every time it has been done in the entirety of human history.
Lets take health care for example. One of the many problems is that once the government has any kind of control over it, they can use it to infringe other rights. They can presume to tell us what we can eat, drink or enjoy privately because by our doing those things it costs the health care system more money. Since they can argue that these costs are laid at the feet of the taxpayer, they should have authority to mandate you life further. The phrase slippery slope is often overused, but that is only because it is nearly always true – particularly when you are talking about governmental abuse of power.