Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Liberals, Big Government, Fat Cats, the Tea Party and George Washington

OK…time for a random political thought or two, just to add a little variety to the blog page.

It occurs to me that the liberals are taking the wrong tactic when dealing with the Tea Party movement. It seems to me that instead of being defensive and apologetic or even in denial when it comes to the subject of Big Government, liberals should be embracing the concept, and loudly proclaiming their support for Big Government.

"What?!?", you say? That’s insane! That’s political suicide!

Yeah, well, that kind of thinking is precisely why liberals are gonna get thrashed this November, wimps that they are.

It’s all a matter or perspective. Here’s mine:

We the people need Big Government to protect us from the Fat Cats.

Simple, eh? Let’s look at it a little more closely. The U.S. is the most powerful nation on earth, no question about it. In fact, I’d be willing to wager that the U.S. is the most powerful nation in history. Think about it. Has anyone else ever had the power to destroy the entire world several times over? No. Point and match.

Now, if Big Government were to be seriously downsized, what do you think is going to happen to all that power, huh? You think it’s just going to go away? Do you really think it will somehow end up in the hands of the little guy? Yeah, right. The power is there, folks. There is no escaping it. If it is not in the hands of Big Government (an entity that is controlled by elected officials), who’s hands will all that power end up in? Who else but:

The Fat Cats. You know who they are. The greedy people at the top. The rich guys who sit in offices and figure out ways to get even richer without actually doing anything to earn it. The ones who get together with other Fat Cats and make master plans to merge their companies and eliminate redundant jobs in the process, maybe even yours. The ones who, by and large, have gotten where they are by screwing over whoever gets in their way. The ones who have been, for the past 20 years, eliminating American jobs and replacing them with cheap labor from third world countries. The ones who run up huge financial debts, knowing that we the people will have to bail them out because they are too big to fail. The very same people that the Tea Party people are railing against.

So let’s stop and review this for a minute. The Tea Party is up in arms because taxpayer money is being used to prop up greedy Fat Cats when they screw up and damn near topple the world’s economy. The Tea Party’s solution is to downsize the most powerful government in the history of the planet and give that power to those same Fat Cats. Am I the only one who sees something fundamentally flawed with this solution?

The real problem, folks, is that Americans have been led to believe that the U.S. Government is a separate entity from the American people. Read the Constitution. We the people own this government. Granted, for longer than anyone can remember we have been content to allow professional politicians have their way with it, but the fact remains that it is our government, and everyone who works for it is our employee, including those same professional politicians. That’s why they call it the public sector, after all.

Here’s a novel idea. If you don’t like the way the government is being managed for you, hire a different management team. It’s your government, after all. Why shouldn’t you have a say in how it’s run? And how do you hire a different management team? By voting, of course. But don’t just settle for the lesser of two evils. If you feel than neither major party candidate will run your government the way you want it run, vote for someone else. Don’t assume that only the major party candidates can win an election. If a majority of voters say “no” to both major parties, neither party can claim a mandate. So pick a minor party candidate. Better yet, do some research and figure out for yourself who is best suited for the job and write their name in on the ballot, even if they are not officially running for office. Then tell everyone who will listen who you voted for and why. Maybe some of them will agree and write in the same name. If enough people write that person’s name in, maybe that person will get the job. I mean, imagine this: Wouldn’t it be a hoot if for once someone got the job who was qualified but didn’t want it? I may be mistaken, but I believe the last time that happened was a guy named George Washington.

I wonder how the Tea Party people would have treated him.

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