Is it productive or just plain fun?
Written by JB Williams
Political pundits, AKA
armchair quarterbacks, hindsight visionaries, political junkies, would be
know-it-alls, people like me, who get a rush out of pointing out how screwed up
our country is in the hands of politicians from every political party. Is there
a purpose to it all, or did it just replace baseball as our new national
Most of us
frustration-addicted political writers like to think that there is a purpose to
what we do. We like to think we can somehow spark change by speaking past the
politicians and their minions in the propaganda machine known as the press
corp. We hope to move average people just like us into action through repeated
attempts to flood the hearts and minds of a beleaguered voting population with
anti-venom, intended to offset the poison mainlined into our minds daily by the
press who can no longer be trusted even as much as the average politician, who
canít be trusted at all.
But does it work?
Most of us know that we
spend most of our time preaching to the choir, which in and of itself is not a
bad thing, since the choir is inundated with daily doses of raw political sewage
too. But do we ever really reach our intended target, the people across the
ideological divide who prefer not to hear from us at all?
Itís well accepted
that part of the human condition is the natural desire to seek oneís own comfort zone, flock together with birds of a feather, who
affirm our core beliefs and help us feel good about remaining on the path of
least resistance. Itís no secret that opposing opinions are usually as
welcome as holy water to a vampire.
We expect politicians to
bash each other at every opportunity. If they didnít, we wouldnít
know whom to vote against in the next election. They know we donít like
any of them, and would never on purpose, vote for any of them. So elections are
fought only on the basis of who we hate most and that will be decided on the
basis of who bashes their opponent best.
Just about every American
has figured out by now that none of them intend to be productive in Washington
once elected anyway. Face it, we have been talking about and voting on the same
old issues over and over for years now and no matter who is elected, the same
issues will be back on the campaign trail in the next election cycle. Nothing
really ever changes, except unlike wine, none of our problems seem to get
better with age.
Letís be honest
with ourselves for a minute. If you are not anti-capitalist, anti-life,
anti-white, anti-rich, anti-heterosexual, anti-morality, anti-security,
anti-sovereignty, anti-freedom, anti-liberty, and generally anti-American
today, youíre not a Democrat today.
But across the aisle, now
that George Bush and our Republicrat congress has had one and a half terms to
demonstrate what they meant by†
ďcompassionate conservatismĒ, we now know that they mean to
show so much compassion towards
their socialist enemies across the aisle, that there is no way any of them
could ever be accused of being conservative.
Letís not leave out
all the other useless idiot parties now - it just wouldnít be ďfair
and balancedĒ. We have the Green Party, who is left of MoveOn.org and the
Democratic Party already run by the Socialist Party USA. We have the
Libertarian Party, which is the party of fiscal neocons, social progressives
and national security isolationists. We have the Independent Party, made up of
people who canít make up their minds where they stand on anything. There
are more, but they are all worthless and none of them can win a national office
The funny thing is Ė
no matter our differences, there is one thing we all agree on. What ever is
wrong with our country, and opinions vary, we all know for certain that none of
it is in any way our fault.
Second only to morally
conscious rich white capitalist guys, politicians are the most hated group in America
today and it doesnít really matter what party they belong to. But it
seems time to ask the trillion dollar question here. What came first, the
do-nothing blame-everyone chickens running our government, or the egg-headed
idiots who keep electing them to office for all the wrong reasons?
In a country designed to
be run by, of and for the people, how is it we escape personal responsibility
for the outcome of our own actions, or in the case of the mostly silent moral
majority in America, our inaction, and either way, the condition of our country?
Democrats have been handed their hat over and over in the last several election
cycles and now find their party, their agenda and their constituency in a
free-fall towards complete extinction. Conservatives thought they elected old
Republicans to office to clean-up the stench left over from the Clinton
panty-raid era, only to find out that they actually elected spineless
Republicrats who lack the intestinal fortitude to stomach the bellyaching of
the left long enough to get done what we sent them to do.
Democrats cluck endlessly
about how successful they are at driving Bush down in the polls. But they go
deaf and dumb when asked why their numbers remain even lower than Bushís.
The polls only say one
thing of any real importance and that message is, the American people
donít like or trust any of them and the more they bash each other in an
effort to become the least despised, the more the American people despise them
People ask me all the
time why I only pick on Democrats. As you know, I don't just pick on democrats.
I pick on republicrats a lot too. Now that I have bashed pretty much all
politicians across the board once again, this time in a fair and balanced way,
is there a purpose to it? †I sure hope
Kicking politicians is one of my favorite pastimes too. But sooner or
later, don't we have to claim personal responsibility for the country
"we" were supposed to govern? It struck me recently that the only way
we can blame politicians for everything is if we allow them to become
responsible for controlling everything. Isn't this the cart ahead of the horse
right from the start?
We are supposed to be a
"representative" government and those "representatives"
must be held accountable for "representing" us, the people who
elected them. But seriously, don't you think our current crop in Washington
is really no better or worse than the society who elected them, and therefore, really
pretty "representative" of that society?
My point isnít that
we should accept what we have in Washington.
My point is - we must accept responsibility for what we have in Washington.
Today, even people who believe that government isnít (or shouldn't be) in
charge of anything, holding them responsible for everything, as though we had
no part in the making of this mess.
If we are to have any
part in fixing this mess, we must first claim at least some personal responsibility
for how we got here. Thatís why all political pundits attempt to talk
directly to the people.
The silent moral majority
of Americans can not remain silent and expect their interests to be represented
in Washington. Over
the last 60 years, what voice in America
has been louder than the voice demanding government solutions to individual
challenges? The people have been begging their government to get involved in an
endless stream of individual challenges and at the same time, asking the
government to reduce its spending habit and the ever stronger grip on what are
supposed to be private resources needed to fund such an effort.
Asking the government for
help is like asking a drug dealer for drugs. We are only going to get more addicted
and they are never going to say no. The government must grow every time they
say yes, no matter the request. Politicians canít say no, if they want to
be elected. Thatís why campaign war rooms work around the clock to figure
out which government freebieís bring in the most votes. Thatís why
the campaign stumps are filled with wonderful promises of gifts from the
liberals need to figure out that corporations employ people and that they never
pay taxes no matter how many taxes Democrats impose upon them. Every penny of
corporate tax is passed on to consumers in the form of higher retail prices.
Corporations collect and remit taxes, they donít pay taxes, consumers do
and until liberal socialists figure that out, they will keep demanding higher
retail prices through higher corporate taxes. Yes, that includes your gas at
When the voice for
smaller fiscally responsible less intrusive government becomes louder than all
the requests (votes) for money from the treasury, the politicians who we think
are not listening will hear that voice. But until then, they will continue to
say yes to every request because thatís where the political power is, in
the money from the treasury that buys the winning votes.
Want to change Washington
and this nation? Start by accepting personal responsibility for where we are
now and accept personal responsibility for fixing it. Those of you, who seek
money from the treasury, stop it. Those of you who have remained silent for far
too long, speak up, speak loud and speak often, or forever hold your peace
Ė all the way to the poor house.