The State Of American Politics: A Pox On ALL Their Houses!

Some years ago I voted to raise taxes. It was a vote for which both sides of that damnable political fence rightfully condemned me for. I briefly tried to convince myself that meant it was the right thing – a sort of King Solomon approach to the issue. I soon realized I was no King Solomon. Rather, I was just a fresh-faced, small-time political hack trying to be all things to all people who ended up being nothing to everyone – most importantly to myself and the principles that had put me there in the first place.

I have always been a “less government is best government” sort.  It’s not that I don’t think government has its place. It does. It’s just that such a place shouldn’t be in our backyards, our bedrooms, or more and more into our wallets.

“So long as they aren’t hurting someone else let people be whoever or whatever they want to be.”

My mother taught me that. Seems simple enough but these days that kind of simplicity is the exception to the rule. I don’t care if you go by “Democrat” or “Republican” we all know things have gotten downright stupid politically-speaking. I’m reminded of that line from Stealers Wheel:

Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right, here I am…

What is going on in Washington D.C. is no laughing matter, though. We have corruption running deep in the veins of the body politic. Lobbyists are legion and make no mistake, they hold far more sway and influence over how Congress conducts its business than the voice of the people. Our politicians have lost the ability to hear anything but the whispered shout of personal power and profit.

There are good people who call themselves Democrat and good people who call themselves Republican, Libertarian, or Independent, etc. What they would realize should they choose to take a moment to listen is that we are all equally frustrated with this ongoing status-quo of ongoing political atrocities. We know the system is corrupted and we want it to be made better if not for ourselves then for those who will come after us.

We want America to be better because we know it can be better for everyone, regardless of superficial differences in race, religion, gender, sexual identity or political affiliation. Most of us don’t care what someone is into. It’s not our business. We want to see people happy. So long as that happiness does not unfairly come at the expense of others…have at it. Do your best. Do your worst. The choice should be ours, yours, hers and his. (continues below)

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The corruption in D.C. is taking that choice away. It is turning our elections into parodies of actual elections that offer only the appearance of choice. Democrat and Republican? Both equal corruption. George Washington famously said that few have the virtue to withstand the highest bidder. Imagine Washington’s revulsion were he to witness what is going on in D.C. today.

Many years ago when I voted to raise taxes, thinking it a gesture of grand compromise, I came to realize it wasn’t compromise so much as capitulation. I turned my back on my friends and neighbors. I turned away from myself.

I learned from that mistake.

If only Washington D.C. and its media cohorts would now do the same.

-DWU

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