What is it about positions of authority that cause people to bow down to those holding them; often surrendering their rights and liberty without any resistance? I’ve heard people say things like, “Well he’s the president, we need to do as he says”, or “Well they’re cops, we have to obey their commands.” If the Declaration of Independence is correct when it says that all men are created equal, what is it about the positions these people hold that elevates them above those they exercise control over?
Almost from the moment we enter into this world we are bombarded with others telling us that we must obey. It begins when we’re told to do as our parents say, then it continues during school when we are told to listen to what our teachers tell us; and what they tell us is that we must obey the law and follow the laws passed by government.
We are also taught, or indoctrinated into believing that voting is the only legitimate means of solving all the ills of society. That right there is the foundation for the belief I often hear which states, “If you don’t vote you can’t complain about how bad things are in this country.”
Sorry, I don’t buy into that philosophy. What makes those in positions of authority any more qualified to tell me how to live my life than me; the fact that a bunch of people voted for them? When I was a kid I used to use as justification for me doing something the fact that all the other kids were doing it too. My dad used to retort back, “If everyone else was jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge, would you do it too?”
The way I see voting, especially with the two-party system we have today, is that there are two primary groups of people in this country with opposing beliefs; with each of them trying to gain control of a system so that they can impose their will upon each other. Each group believes it is better qualified than the other to decide how people must live; which if you think about it destroys the concept that each of us is an individual, capable of deciding for ourselves how we want to live.
I think one of the biggest flaws in this whole Groupthink ideology is that people believe that if they fail, if they make a stupid decision, if they can’t achieve success, that it is society’s obligation, (meaning government has the right to step in) and help them so that we are all equal in one form or another. This whole concept that government should provide social justice flies in the face of individual liberty and individual responsibility; two of the primary concepts our country was founded upon.
The Declaration of Independence does say that we are all created equal, but it does not say that we remain equal as we grow up into adulthood. To believe that we should all become equal no matter the choices we make is like saying that you have two drivers in different cars starting at the same point and travelling to the same destination. One of them takes all the proper turns and arrives at his destination on time, but the other driver consistently takes a wrong turn, yet we expect that society, or government, should be allowed to step in and ensure that they arrive at their destination on time.
Where you end up at the end of your life is your choice, your responsibility; not that of others, and government should not be a tool that is used to bring about social justice for those who fail to achieve the success that others have worked hard to achieve.
When we are born we rely upon our parents to provide us with things such as food, shelter, and protection. However, once we grow up the providing for those things shifts to each individual; as each of us is supposed to be receiving the training through proper parenting and a good education so that we are capable of standing on our own without the assistance of others.
When I was a kid it was shameful for the breadwinner of a family to seek government assistance; it was a mark of failure. Yet today how many people not only line up for government assistance, they vote for candidates based upon the degree of assistance they promise to the voters.
Yet that assistance has to come from somewhere, and it certainly doesn’t come out of the pockets or checkbooks of those you vote for. Our government has no money that it can call its own; whatever money it has to spend to perform the functions assigned to it comes from us in the form of taxation. So if government is handing out assistance to one group of people, it has to first confiscate, (i.e. steal) that money from someone else.
Although I’m speaking specifically about government assistance here, that concept applies to everything the government does; it has to take our money from us, (you know, the people who actually do the work that earns it), so that they can spend it to do the things they had promised to those who voted for them. So with the two-party system we have today what we actually have are two opposing camps who think it is okay to steal from others to fund things that benefit those who voted for them.
Just look at how many people say that they think the rich should be made to pay their fair share of funding our government; which translates into, “The rich should be taxed more so that we can get our hands on some of that wealth.” Don’t get me wrong, I would love to be rich, but at the same time I don’t have the envy some others have which causes them to think that I am entitled to one single penny of someone else’s wealth.
That’s what gets me the most about Trump, and this kind of ties in to how I began this rant. Trump was independently wealthy before he ran for president; which allowed him to run without the assistance of PAC’s, (Political Action Committee), which basically are special interests that contribute funds to candidates based upon how well those candidates align with their beliefs as to how government should function.
So Trump self-financed his bid for the presidency and this allowed him to do and say whatever he wanted to ensure that enough people voted for him to elevate him from a business mogul to the presidency. Trump played GOP voters like a well tuned violin; he saw their biggest fears about what is happening in America and he said things that struck a chord with them and caused them to vote for him in sufficient numbers so that he won.
But all this boils down to the fact that those who voted for Trump did so based upon the promises he made to them while campaigning; and this is equally true for every single person seeking elected office; the people vote for them based upon the promises they make to do things for them.
How many people do you think would cast their vote for a candidate who said the following:
My name is ________________ and I am running for the position of _________________. If elected I promise to do nothing that directly benefits you. I will support you in your individual pursuits for happiness, but I will neither restrict you, nor help you to achieve that happiness. I believe that it is the function of government to protect and defend our country against attack, ensure that the roads are in good working order and safe for travel, and to ensure that commerce flows freely from Point A to Point B.
With these thoughts in mind, if elected I will not support our intervention in the internal affairs of other sovereign nations; I will live by the creed spoken of by John Quincy Adams, ” Wherever the standard of freedom and Independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her heart, her benedictions and her prayers be. But she goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own.”
I will work hard to provide a climate in which each citizen of this great country is free to seek, and if possible, achieve success; but I will not lift a finger to help you should you fail. I do not believe that it is government, or societies job to ensure that you achieve success. I adhere to the philosophy of Theodore Roosevelt, that ” If an American is to amount to anything he must rely upon himself, and not upon the State; he must take pride in his own work, instead of sitting idle to envy the luck of others. He must face life with resolute courage, win victory if he can, and accept defeat if he must, without seeking to place on his fellow man a responsibility which is not theirs.”
I also believe in the philosophy espoused by the great author of our Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, who said, “To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.”
With every ounce of my being I believe in the standard of liberty, and I will ensure that each American enjoys that liberty to the fullest extent possible. But liberty comes at a cost; and that cost is not eternal vigilance; it is individual responsibility. Each of you is responsible for your life, and yours alone. To say that you, or I for that matter, are better qualified to make decisions upon how others must live is to take the first steps towards tyranny and despotism.
If you, the voters, truly want to see this country become great again you must take part in making it happen. By that I don’t mean leaving your homes once every few years to participate in our election process; I mean that each of you must accept responsibility for providing for all your needs, and to stop expecting others to shoulder that burden for you.
It is YOUR duty to put food on your table and clothes on your back. It is YOUR duty to provide yourself with a place you can call home. It is YOUR duty to become educated and able to serve as a fully functioning member of society. It is YOUR duty to defend yourself, your family, your property, and yes, your liberty against me should I fail to uphold these promises to you.
These are the promises I make to you. I will not help you in any way shape or form, but I will do my damndest to make sure that you are free.
So with that, I ask you to pledge your support for me and my bid for the office of __________.
Now tell me, would you vote for someone who ran for office saying anything even remotely resembling that? If not, then America will never truly become great again, because a big part of the problem is why you are voting for these criminals and shysters to begin with.
The more you ask them to do on your behalf the more you surrender a tiny bit of your liberty to them. If America is to become great that trend must end and we must reverse course and begin repealing and revoking the laws and government programs that have diminished our rights and liberty.
America did not become great because of its system of government, it became great because of the drive and motivation of its people to succeed, while enjoy the maximum amount of liberty possible without overstepping and violating the equal rights of others.
Until we return to that belief system, America will never be great again. If the people of this country continue to believe that others are better qualified to make decisions regarding how they must live their lives, liberty will remain in a coma until it is brought back to life by our steadfast adherence to its principles.
I am a free individual, with rights granted to me by my Creator. I do not need, nor do I want, others to tell me when, how, and to what extent I can exercise those rights. I also do not ask for, nor do I condone the taking of other people’s money to be given to those who have not achieved success, or made bad decisions in their lives. Charity is fine when practiced at an individual level, but government mandated charity is theft; pure and simple.
So, the next time you go to the polls, before you mark your ballet, ask yourself the following question; Why am I voting for this person? Am I voting to expand the liberty of those I disagree with or am I voting to diminish it? For in the end, if you will not stand up and defend the liberty of those you disagree with, they will not stand up and defend yours either.
And if the system does not permit those you elect from serving that purpose, don’t you think it’s time we got a new system; one that will preserve and protect our liberty and not make slaves of us?