Monday, October 6, 2008

I Miss King George

At least with a monarchy we knew there was nothing we could do. In this faux republic we live in today, we believe we have a voice in deciding what happens to our country. That's obviously not true as evidenced by the financial bailout no average citizen wanted.

Whether they cry for change or hail that their boy is a maverick on Capitol Hill, both sides seem to be equally misguided into thinking their man can do something beneficial for America.Not only can neither of the major candidates stop us from heading into the hellhole we are sure to be in soon, they are both most likely going to get us there faster.

Wasn't there something in the Declaration of Independence that was supposed to allow the citizenry to stand up and demand satisfaction from their government? That if our government is failing us, we are morally responsible for correcting those woes?

Apparently the candidates in this year's election didn't get that memo, or never read the Declaration in 4th grade social studies. They want to lie and finagle their way into office and then continue along this same treacherous (economic) road we've been heading down for six decades since FDR's New Deals.

I wish I could end by asking for people to be smart this November; to go out and research the candidates. But I know, you know, whoever may actually read this knows: Americans are dumb. We are easily fooled by catchy slogans and bright lights. So he who yells loudest will unfortunately yell last.


The Logisitician said...

Unfortunately, you are probably you correct, there is a high probability that the state of political accountability will not improve, no matter which candidate is elected. That being said, being the eternal optimist, I think that there is sufficient dissatisfaction that we may finally have reached the tipping point to form a viable, third party, or at least generate more of a populous movement. The current leadership is just downright ridiculous. I still say that we should vote them out all.

The cup is half full of something I don't like said...

I think Americans feel too overwhelmed. We are too confused by 58 different choices of toothpaste and 84 different channels and 102 different celebrity breakups. Having two political parties is the simplest thing in many people's lives. We have lowered our standards to the point where we are concerned with the degree of lies as opposed to absolute truths.

I plan on voting for every position this November (many times I skip the ones I have no idea on). My rule for selection will be:
1.) Vote third party if available
2.) Vote out incumbent if not.

BTW, are you offering yourself forward as king? Your old posts about paperclips show you are the person for the job.

A Wanderer's Heart said...

I read something interesting today:

Attributed to Alexander Fraser Tytler, Lord Woodhouselee, though that's not for certain:

A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.
The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:
From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage.

Christine said...

In order to create change in democracy, we would need to work together. When was the last time you saw that happen?

Leaving you a new link. :)