We must be in desperate times for a farm editor to stir political waters. But if you’ve watched the under- and unemployed lines, your stock market returns, and your taxes, you already know that we’re moving in that direction.
With the political upheavals in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts, television’s talking heads now say the nation’s leaders now “get it”. Well, unless they’ve had a political “born-again” experience, that’s doubtful.
By now, you’ve figured out that I’m not a registered Democrat – even though I’ve voted for some. But this isn’t about one party or another. It’s about persons in elected positions who listen much closer to check-carrying lobbyists than to those who put them in office. This is about elected officials who see themselves as “enlightened leaders” – aristocrats – a superior class of ruling citizens – with unrivaled guaranteed pensions, health care and benefits.
America’s core problem is the core values of its leadership. Any politician that thinks the “Tea Party Movement” is a bunch of right-wing nut cakes is in dire need of a history lesson on the significance of the first Boston Tea Party. It was a key event in the first American Revolution – the rising up of America’s citizenry.
Today’s rising-up has all to do with honoring the wisdom and forethought of those that built this country’s foundation and preserving it – not dishonoring it. It has all to do with reducing taxation without representation and reducing government – not growing it.
Abe Lincoln had it right
"You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves."
Don’t get me wrong. Not every politician in Washington has this superior, bigger government attitude. There are many fine, humble servants in elected office. But they’re outnumbered!
Obviously, the congressional “herd” needs aggressive culling, based on evidence of their core values. Many need to be sent back to pasture where they can re-learn humility.
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