“If you don’t vote you can’t bitch.”
I don’t know where that phrase comes from, but you wouldn’t believe how many times I have had it, or some variation of it, shoved into my face since I stopped voting in presidential elections. For once and for all, if you are among those who truly believe that; y’all are full of shit! Let’s say you’re in a movie theater and some family comes in and the parents let their kids run wild; making all kinds of noise, interfering with your ability to enjoy the movie. Using YOUR logic, YOU don’t have the right to complain because YOU didn’t raise those kids.
Albert Einstein is purported to have said that the definition for insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, while expecting a different result. Every four years the circus comes to America in the form of a presidential election. Millions of dollars are spent on campaigns with the ultimate prize of someone winning the golden ticket to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Yet for all the hoopla, how much has truly changed over the course of your lifetime?
The problem, at least as I see it, is that it is not due to a lack of participation in the voting process that causes America to have all the problems it currently has; it is the core beliefs of those who participate in the voting process; why they choose the candidates they do from among a wide field of potential nominees. What leads you to make your choice is at the root of all our nation’s problems.
A long, long time ago a man named Patrick Henry said the following about the purpose of government, “You are not to inquire how your trade may be increased, nor how you are to become a great and powerful people, but how your liberties can be secured; for liberty ought to be the direct end of your Government.”
If you were to make a list of the things your favorite candidate campaigns upon, (and this goes for both Republicans and Democrats), and then put a Yes and No column on the right side of the page and compare what they campaign on against what the Constitution authorizes government to do, I bet you’d find that 99.0% of the things these presidential hopefuls are campaigning upon would fall into the No Category.
Why does this not bother people; the fact that the people they are being given the choice to vote for have no concern for the limitations placed upon government by the document which created our government?
I have also had the old, “If you don’t vote for THIS person, THAT person is going to win” thrown at me as well; and just like the other saying, it is also a crock of shit. Imagine you are on a bus being driven by a Democrat that is speeding towards a cliff; do you think that by replacing the driver with a Republican, who then slows the bus down by 10 mph you are in any less danger? The only thing that changes is the length of time you finally reach the abyss.
To be truly safe you would need for the driver to turn the bus around and head away from the cliff towards safety. In the same way we need to stop voting for candidates who campaign upon, basically, the same tired old promises made by every Republican and Democrat who has sought the presidency for the past 100 years; we need to start voting for candidates who fully intend to do uphold the Constitutional limitations upon government.
The reason I don’t vote is twofold. First off I would vote if I truly found a candidate whose belief meshed with mine. Although I had some questions about Ron Paul, I still voted for him when he sought the Republican nomination; because I agreed with him on an overwhelming majority of the things he campaigned upon. If you truly consider yourself a conservative, why didn’t you vote for him as well; propelling him into the actual election? Why is it that you, instead, voted for a tried and true REPUBLICAN over a candidate who campaigned upon supporting and defending the Constitution?
The other reason I don’t vote in Presidential elections is because I truly believe our government has become too big and too corrupt to have any hope of changing that at the voting booth. If you can, and this goes for both Republicans and Democrats, I’d like for you to name one federal agency, one huge government program that candidates from your party have abolished or repealed.
Ronald Reagan was a consummate actor in that he carried on in typical GOP fashion, but did so with such panache that America, even if you hated what the stood for, loved him. That was Reagan’s saving grace; his likeability. I’ll admit it, back then I was sufficiently naive and ignorant that I supported Reagan while he served; but I’ve grown in my knowledge and understanding and now see the error of my ways.
Nevertheless, Reagan knew how to say things that made it sound like he was a true conservative; when in reality he was just another Republican masquerading as a Constitutional Conservative. For instance, Reagan once said, “No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth!”
That right there is why I say that our government has grown too big and too corrupt to be changed by voting for a single candidate for the Presidency; the whole damned thing needs to be flushed down the toilet, scrubbed clean of all the toxins, and then hopefully it can be rebuilt upon true constitutional principles.
I can’t begin to count how many government agencies there are which violate the limits the Constitution imposes upon our government; so I’ll limit my thoughts to just one; The Department of the Interior. The website for the Department of the Interior claims that its mission is to manage America’s vast natural and cultural resources. According to their own data, the DOI employs an estimated 70,000 people to perform this function. The Department of Interior was established in 1849, sixty years after our government went into operation. It was first established to perform a variety of functions; including managing the water supply of the nation’s capital, managing all federal territories, and exploring the Western Wilderness being but a few of them.
Since its inception the DOI has grown into this monstrosity that manages what is considered all federal lands. The thing is, what does the Constitution authorize the federal government to own and manage?
Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution is where all legislative authority for our government is found; so if there is the authority for government to own and manage land, it would be found there.
Clause 17 of Article 1, Section 8 states, “To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings.”
That clause states that the federal government may own up to 10 square miles for the locating of the central government, and any and all other locations WHICH WERE PURCHASED FROM THE STATES for the erection of forts, magazines, arsenals, dock yards, and other needful buildings.
Where, if I may be so bold to ask, does it authorize the federal government to set apart huge tracts of land and designate them National Parks; granting them exclusive jurisdiction; setting aside vast tracts of land as wildlife preserves; or just flat out owning other vast tracts of land which prohibit private citizens from managing them as they see fit.
I’ll wait while you research that…
I have had Article 4, Section 3 thrown at me in defense of the governments owning of these lands, but Article 4, Section 3 merely states, “The Congress shall have power to dispose of and make all needful rules and regulations respecting the territory or other property belonging to the United States.” It does not say what lands the government may own, only that the government has the power to dispose of and make all needful rules regarding the property it is ALLOWED to own; and that is found in Article 1, Section 8, Clause 17.
I have also had all the laws passed by Congress which organized agencies such as the Department of Land Management, or the National Park Service, but again, if the land being managed by these agencies is not in strict pursuance of those specific instances which authorizes our government to own land; then those laws are blatantly unconstitutional and effectively null and void…although try standing up to federal authority while on these lands and you may end up like LaVoy Finicum…dead!
Here are just a few of the huge government agencies that have been established which exceed the specific powers granted our government by the Constitution:
The Department of Agriculture; The Department of Education; The Department of Energy; The Department of Homeland Security; The Department of Labor and The Department of Transportation; and those are just the Cabinet level agencies. What about the all the other agencies our government has established?
There is the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Environmental Protection Agency, The Central Intelligence Agency, That National Security Agency, The Federal Bureau of Investigation; and those are just a few; there are many, many more.
And I didn’t even mention Social Security and Medicare; both of which are also unconstitutional programs, but are political hot rails; meaning that you even hint at taking away people’s benefits under them and you are basically committing political suicide.
People say that, these agencies need to exist, that someone must manage these things, or provide the services they provide. Maybe, but there are two quotes from Daniel Webster that you need to consider. The first states, “A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures.” The other is, “Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions.”
I know a great many people who voted for Donald Trump based upon his promise to ‘Drain the Swamp’, but the swamp is Washington D.C., and it is not just a few rogue elements in that city that are the problem, it is the entire corrupt entity we know as our government. The swamp is populated by monsters of our own making because we have refused to hold government to the limits imposed upon it by the Constitution…and you think voting for a single candidate is going to change any of that?
Look at what happened when the Congress, (when the Republicans had a majority) attempted to block funding for the unconstitutional Affordable Care Act and a government shutdown was impending; the people freaked out because all the OTHER services our government provides would also lose funding. People are more concerned with keeping a corrupt government in operation than they are weeding out unconstitutional programs and agencies; and that right there is the problem in America.
Nobody, or at least very few people actually care about actually reducing government in size; all they care about is having candidates from their party at the helm of the Starship U.S. Government. As long as their party is in control most people turn a blind eye to the fact that government routinely violates the Constitution or infringes upon their rights.
The Patriot Act has been in effect for 17 years now, and I’ve yet to hear a widespread call for it being repealed; the same goes for the NDAA, (National Defense Authorization Act), or the Military Commissions Act.
The government’s spying upon us to prevent terrorism, (at least that’s what they tell us is the reason), has been going on for decades, and only increases in its capability and the width and breadth to which we are spied upon…yet I don’t hear anyone calling for that to come to an end either.
That has been going on forever it seems. When I was but a junior in high school Senator Frank Church appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press, where he said, “That capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything: telephone conversations, telegrams, it doesn’t matter. There would be no place to hide.” Church then added, “If a dictator ever took over, the N.S.A. could enable it to impose total tyranny, and there would be no way to fight back.”
How many of you have ever watched any of those shows on television such as NCIS: Los Angeles, Criminal Minds, or even saw the movie Enemy of the State, starring Will Smith and Gene Hackman? Have you ever stopped to think about the total surveillance you are under; both inside and outside your home? Our government certainly knows everything about us, but we tell ourselves that in the name of national security they need to keep secrets from us.
Isn’t that why Edward Snowden has been forced into hiding in Russia; because he had the courage to expose the illegal collecting of information on the American people? Yet most call him a traitor; which only shows that they care more about government doing whatever it takes to keep America safe than they do their privacy.
And you think voting is going to change this attitude? If you do, you’re out of your mind.
But don’t you dare tell me that if I don’t vote I lose my right to bitch. I just refuse to participate in selecting which candidate from the same cesspools that have spawned the corrupt government we have today.
America will not change for the better until the people change their beliefs and attitudes as to the purpose their government should serve. As long as those beliefs reflect political party platforms America will remain on the tracks towards an ever expanding government that eventually ends up being despotic and tyrannical. And the sad thing is, if they keep pushing for stricter gun control, once they finally realized what they’ve allowed to happen, they won’t have the means to fight back.
Lysander Spooner once said that “A man is no less a slave because he is allowed to choose a new master once in a term of years.” If you truly want to make America great again you need to stop voting for those who seek to rule over you and start voting for those who seek to drastically downsize our government and loosen its control over our lives.
But they won’t do that without the threat of us rising up against them. As long as a majority of the people in this country are fat, happy and kept entertained, they will allow their government to deprive them of every vestige of the liberty our Founders fought to secure; both for themselves and for their posterity.
If that’s what you want, fine, be happy in your chains; but don’t tell me I can’t bitch about it. I’d vote if I believed it would make a difference, or if there were any candidates worthy of my vote. But I refuse to vote for anyone who doesn’t pass my litmus test. If you’re willing to settle for less than that, then enjoy your slavery; just don’t ask me to quit bitching about the mess those you elect have made!