“Politics is the moat, the walls, beyond which lie the barbarians. Fail to keep them at bay, and everything burns.”
― Charles Krauthammer,
I hate politics. The lies. The distortions of truth. The quest for power. These are all things I find disgusting.
I believe most people hate politics. Its why more and more are tuning out to focus upon what they percieve to be more important matters in order to make their own lives better. Then there is the whole slew of people who know nothing at all about politics. When you add to this that the media no longer acts in its traditional role of watchdog to the powerful, the political class has become so corrupted that the demarcation line defining corruption is way behind them.
A friend of mine ran for a Senate seat a few years ago. He came to the shocking conclusion that only a small fraction of the voting public knows anything about the issues. His paid political consultants told him that only 10% of his constituents would know anything about politics… or take the time to learn his political philosophy. Although initially incredulous of this fact, after a year of campaigning he was certain of its accuracy.
If only 10% of the general public knows little is anything about political issues and where candidates stand on them, then it explains the brazenness of the Obama Administration in its unscrupulous lying in forcing the passage of legislation in support of its agenda of choice. In the past it has been government’s job, of sorts, to bring the majority of the public on board in order to get bills passed. But, when only 10% of the people can understand what is going on, it makes sense that politicians became emboldened in their thievery. While the press formerly acted as the independent oversight of such thievery, we live in a day and age where the media class has aligned with the government class at the expense of the rest of us.
Through agenda-based educational policies, our country has lost the most basic understanding of civics. Jay Leno was famous for his “man on the street interviews” on the Tonight Show. Leno exposed the public’s woeful ignorance of some of the most basic issues of the day. Other comedians and Libertarians have followed suit with this format in the hope that it will wake up the American public to how pitifully ignorant we have become. In this recent video, Mark Dice questioned random adults on the street about the meaning of Memorial Day and comes to the sad conclusion that the majority know absolutely know nothing about the holiday. If you think this video is an abnormality, Dice has a plethora of others just like this one showing the complete loss of basic civic knowledge.
As a child, my father actively pushed me to know and understand the history of the country. I spent many nights around the dinner table discussing the politics of the day, the implications of tax policy, as well as military history. In addition, the Marine Corps gave me a broader sense of the role of the United States in the world. I am one of the lucky ones who had parents that at least made the effort to pass this vital knowledge on to me.
So it begs the question: Why is politics so important?
The reality is that if you can get the politics right many, if not all, good things will flow from it. Get it wrong and the collapse of a culture ensues. Doubt me? Just take a look at recent history:
- After World War I, the Nazi Party came to power in Germany and started World War II in which over 60 million people were killed.
- After U.S. troops left Vietnam in 1975, the Communist North Vietnamese took over the country with estimates ranging from 400,000 people to 2.5 million killed as a result.
- As a result of Mao’s Cultural Revolution in China, historians have put the number of deaths around 80 million people.
This isn’t ancient history. The totality of these deaths happened within in the last 100 years. Each of these countries suffered massive devastation because they got the politics wrong. Each had people in power who followed the wrong ideologies resulting in millions of lives being deliberately exterminated.
Currently, we have a woefully ignorant populace combined with a Progressive Left that thinks that the source of good flows from government. Ills and ailments can be fixed by , regulations, laws and executive orders. Clearly since 2008, the Democrats, and most Republicans, have neither an allegiance to the Constitution nor faith in the self-correcting mechanism of free market capitalism. Obama has added 20,642 new regulations to the Federal Register. The police, regulators, tax enforcers now have over 20,000 new reasons to fine, tax, regulate and or harass the general public. For the life of me, I can not understand how so many can still say that Obama is a good president when he has instituted and implemented so many new ways in which to control and regulate us.
This belief in government’s ability to elevate peoples’ lives has spawned and sustains the campaign of Bernie Sanders. I have no patience for his nonsense. In my lifetime, I have seen first hand the destruction Socialism can bring in my second home of Ecuador and Venezuela.
I started traveling to Venezuela prior to Hugo Chavez taking power and continued thereafter. (As a side note, I stopped going to Venezuela when a banking associate in my profession was kidnapped circa 2009). Before Chavez came to power, the country was thriving with a stable economy and a large, growing middle class. Once Chavez came to power in 1999, he nationalized all of the major industries, including oil, and took control of the press. Although Chavez died in 2013, his political legacy and movement remains.
The results of Socialism in Venezuela after only 15 years?
Today Venezuela suffers food shortages, starvation, hospital closings and riots in the street. Electricity is rationed and the country is on the verge of collapse. There is no need to vote for Bernie Sanders because if it is Socialism you want, Venezuela is a short plane ride away. There are likely plenty of people who would be delighted, and relieved, to sell you their home.
Ideas have consequences. Following the wrong ones can result in disastrous results. Government’s natural state of being is not containment but growth – by growth it seeks and attains more power. Given the virtually non-existent awareness by the general populace of political issues or even the political process, Progressives have been unopposed in successfully attaining more and more power.
History, even recent history, proves this does not end well.