Just over an hour ago someone told me something, and it is not the first time someone has said this to me, but this is the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. This person told me that I was irresponsible because I choose not to vote in the upcoming presidential election. Is that so; me, irresponsible?
Let’s talk about responsibility since it appears to be so important to those who call me irresponsible. How many of you responsible people list the 18 powers which our Constitution grants the federal government? How many of you responsible people can list all the rights protected by the Bill of Rights? How many of you responsible people have ever called or written your representatives in Congress? How many of you responsible people can tell me how your representative voted on legislation you opposed?
Do you honestly think being a responsible citizen ends with your going to the polls every two years and making a few marks on a ballot? Is that what you call responsibility? Do you call being responsible voting for candidates whose entire campaign has been based upon promises that exceed the powers granted the office for which they seek by the Constitution? I call that being a part of the problem, not a part of the cure.
And before I go any further don’t give me any of that nonsense about voting for candidate A is better than allowing candidate B to get elected; no matter which side of the political spectrum your views align with! Why should I bother to cast a vote for any candidate, be they Republican or Democrat, when there are none who are worthy of the office they seek? All voting does is make you feel good about yourselves as if you are actually making a difference by your votes; it is an excercise in futility to expect any of these candidates to reverse the trend which our country has been on for at least a century; if not longer.
Before I go on let me be clear, I have no love for the Democrats as they have earned my contempt as much as the Republicans, but this rant is aimed primarily at those who have the absurd belief that by voting Republican they are worthy of calling themselves conservatives.
If being conservative means a strict adherence to the Constitution and the safeguarding of our unalienable rights, then when is the last time a conservative held the office of president? If you understood the Constitution and the powers it grants government, then the answer can only be; ‘It’s been a long time.’ Yet with each successive change in who sits in the Oval Office government has continued to grow; passing new laws, creating new bureaucracies which have led us to the point in which almost every aspect of our lives are regulated and controlled, or as Alexis de Tocqueville writes, “Thus, After having thus successively taken each member of the community in its powerful grasp and fashioned him at will, the supreme power then extends its arm over the whole community. It covers the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.”
In 1821 Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter to a C. Hammond in which he stated, “When all government, domestic and foreign, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the centre of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another, and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated…”
Jefferson also stated, “Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of the day; but a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period, and pursued unalterably through every change of minsters (administrators) too plainly proves a deliberate, systematic plan of reducing us to slavery.”
You cannot tell me that either party has worked to lessen government’s growth and violations upon our liberty. Yet you say that by my not voting I am irresponsible. I say that by repeating a process which has failed to restore any of our freedom or lessen the noose government has around our lives is irresponsible; and insane.
Go ahead and vote though, if it makes you feel better about yourselves. I simply refuse to participate in a process that has no chance of making a difference. Go ahead and vote for Trump because he is playing to your anger and frustration with business as usual in D.C.; then come back in four years and tell me how many rights he has restored and how much less government interferes with and regulates your life. The same goes for Ben Carson, Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio for that matter.
I’ll make you a gentleman’s bet right now though; the economy may improve, our military may grow bigger and stronger, but government will be just as oppressive and intrusive as it is today; if not more so. It didn’t get better under Bush Sr., Clinton, GW Bush, or Obama. All you’re doing is changing bus drivers while the bus continues to head for the cliff.
But in the meantime don’t you dare call me irresponsible. At least not until you can answer every question in the second paragraph of this article; because as far as I’m concerned the belief that by voting for any of the jackasses we have to chose from is going to make a difference is far more irresponsible.
And if you didn’t notice, I’m kind of pissed off!