July 28, 2011

How to Remain Cynical in a World of Toothy Smiles

Filed under: Uncategorized — DoNP @ 2:27 pm

For at least 30 years I’ve considered myself and have mostly voted republican. Ideologically, I believe in less government rather than more government. I believe the private-sector is better at running a free-market system than government would be. I altruistically believe that the poor, weak and infirm who don’t have families to help them should be helped by the states, cities and locales where they live, not a behemoth federal government with no close connection with those people or with the communities in which those people live.

Cynically, I believe the dems have offered no meaningful immigration reform because they depend on many of those immigrants for votes. Cynically, I believe that Obama has alienated small and medium-size business and the community banks because socialism can only succeed when there is a true proletariat class, which explains his penchant for inciting class warfare. Unlike other recessions in America, small businesses are for the first time not leading the way out. Small business has no access to capital, no REAL incentives to hire (i.e. minimum wage laws and the Affordable Care Act). Unlike large business small companies cannot sell stock, bonds or commercial paper to raise money. The GOP may understand capitalism but they are particularly blind to business formation and innovation. Small businesses and business owners are not large campaign contributors. Republicans fight to keep government regulations from impeding business expansion without recognizing that repealing or extending regulatory action tends to help larger, established businesses at the expense of more flexible, agile small business who better anticipate regulatory change or moreover, often are in the business of fomenting that change (i.e. Tesla Motors, Brammo). But worse, they seem as blind to the march toward socialism in America as Obama thinks we citizen are. While Obama happily congratulates GM on their recovery, they still owe us taxpayers billions. Bernanke favors the 12 largest banks with QE’s 1&2 (what were the commissions and bonuses paid to buy back all of those bonds and T-Bills?), concentrating wealth even further into the largest Wall Street banks who just 3 years ago required nearly a $1T bail-out and are principally responsible for the mortgage and housing mess.

It’s my opinion that the only epidemic in our country worse than obesity, is ignorance…and I don’t mean of government…I mean us. We cannot throw off those leaders who have brought us to this point if all we’re going to do is hand the job to the next toothy smile in line. We need a strong voice, intelligent, large, cohesive and passionately committed to real, long-term and abiding change. I don’t have all the answers but I know many of the reasons…and agree that BOTH parties have taken the road that best serves them, and not us. But we are now in the age of “crowd-sourcing.” Unlike our forefathers we can convene at Internet Speed whenever and wherever we choose. For now, I leave you with this excerpt called the “right of revolution” clause:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”


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