As I expected, my last little ditty received mix reviews, with about half the folks commenting agreeing with me, and the other half not. Of those who disagreed with me the general sentiment expressed was that the only priority this election is to ensure Barack Obama does not get re-elected. I think what someone posted on my blog best describes the overall tone of the negative responses to what I said, “Get real; at this specific, pinpointed historic juncture, priority one of non-leftist Americans is to vote Obama out of office; priority two is to vote Obama out of office; and priority three is to vote Obama out of office.” Like I said, pretty much what I expected.
Most of those who disagreed with me are of the opinion that once we get Obama out of office we can work towards gaining control of Congress and pulling in the reins on the powers amassed by previous presidents. The thing is, I don’t think that can be done, and if you’ll bear with me I will tell you why I believe that to be the case.
First of all, let me make it perfectly clear that I think that Obama is probably the most dangerous person America has ever elected to the office of president. Sure there were others who did a lot of damage, but Obama is different in that I honestly think he despises all this country stood for and wants to see it made into his own twisted vision of what he thinks America ought to be. Romney probably would be a far better choice than another 4 years of Obama, but he is far from perfect, and I am getting awful damn tired of settling for the lesser of two evils.
With Obama at the helm this nation is akin to a car travelling at 100 miles per hour towards a cliff, and if Romney were elected we might slow down to the speed limit, but we are still headed towards the cliff. I want to step on the brakes and turn the damn car around, not simply slow down.
When I was in high school our wrestling coach had us do something he liked to call fart licks. We would jog along and he would pick out a point off in the distance and we would sprint to that point and then resume jogging. Then a bit later he would pick out another point and we’d be sprinting again. That’s the way I see this country, speeding towards ruin, and then slowing down, only to speed up again with every change of presidents. But no matter what speed we are going we are still headed in the same direction. If we keep settling for the lesser of two evils we will NEVER alter the course this country finds itself upon.
Look at what happens in presidential elections, we get a Republican for one or two terms, and then we get a Democrat, back and forth ad nauseum. If Romney gets elected he may improve the economy somewhat, and then again he may not. However, I guarantee under a Romney administration we will see the national debt continue to increase, we will see more laws passed which infringe further upon our rights, and we may find ourselves in another war with either Iran or Syria. In short, we will get one or two terms of a typical Republican administration, with nobody at the helm who gives a tinkers damn about upholding the Constitution.
And as for the people who think we can rout the democrats and the so-called RINO’s from Congress while replacing them with true constitutionally minded conservatives…good luck with that! Ron Paul was such a candidate and although he had a pretty good grassroots support going on, he did not have the backing required to break through the GOP machinery and see him all the way into the Oval Office. If we couldn’t do it at the national level, what makes you think you can garner enough support in the individual Congressional districts to elect the same caliber of person to represent you?If we could have done that it would have been accomplished already. Just watch, of all the seats up for grabs in the upcoming election, watch and see how many are won by business as usual Democrats and Republicans.
Face it, nothing is going to change, we have far too many brain dead people in this country who will stand behind whatever loser their party endorses, while on the other hand we have an equal number of people who only want to see a candidate elected who promises them the most goodies at someone else’s expense. With that toxic mixture those of us who just want the government out of our lives and off our backs don’t stand a chance.
You can call me a pessimist or cynical, but I think America has seen its best days and they are long gone, things are only going to continue to get worse. So why do I not agree that getting Obama out of office should be our ONLY priority? Well if it isn’t clear by now, let me try to explain.
I think the only way people are going to realize that they screwed up and let their government grow too big for its britches is if the whole thing comes crumbling down at their feet. Sure, if that happens it will be ugly and many people may not survive. Face it, instead of fighting to hold on to our rights and limiting our government to the powers we granted it, we fell asleep at the wheel and the sooner we let it all come crumbling down the sooner we can attempt to salvage things, if they can be salvaged at all. But I, for one, am sick and tired of postponing the inevitable. I say let’s get it over with.
If anyone cares to actually read past the first part of the Declaration of Independence to that actual list of grievances the colonists listed as their reason for seeking independence you will see that they suffered far less at the hands of King George than we do now under our own system of government.
As Thomas Paine said in Common Sense, “Society in every state is a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one: for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries BY A GOVERNMENT, which we might expect in a country WITHOUT GOVERNMENT, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer.”
And to quote from my favorite speech of all time, on March 23, 1775 Patrick Henry declared, “Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.”
And he goes on to say, “Let us not, I beseech you, sir, deceive ourselves. Sir, we have done everything that could be done, to avert the storm which is now coming on. We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the ministry and Parliament. Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne. In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation. There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained, we must fight!”
That’s the way I see things. Electing Mitt Romney as our next president will not prevent what’s in store for America; at best it will only delay it for a while.Seeing my country rot from within sickens me to no end and I simply don’t care to watch it any longer. As Patrick Henry said, “Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance, by lying supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot?”
While you may still hold on to the hope that you can change things at the ballot box and restore America to her former greatness, I offer you the following quote by Winston Churchill, “If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”
And in closing, I would like for you to consider the immortal words of Samuel Adams, “If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquillity of servitude than the animating contest of freedom, — go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!”