Thursday, August 20, 2009

Do You Want Liberty or Tyranny?

Something is Very Wrong In America Right Now.

The most lasting memory of the old Pogo comic strip is the famous line, “we have met the enemy and it is us.”

We have elected a group of US House and Senate representatives that collectively have failed the American people. They have gerrymandered home districts and amassed so many special interest dollars that they all but insure their perpetual reelection. The people they represent are either too busy or (dare I say it?) too stupid to understand that these people are not interested in liberty, freedom, or smaller government and they have no belief that their constituents have a clue about anything.

Liberal and conservative, democrat and republican have spent us into oblivion. Our standard of living is declining, our cost of living is rising, and soon, inflation will be kicking our collective butts that will make the Jimmy Carter years look like the bush leagues.

We have unelected officials (some from the former elected ranks) like Ray LaHood. He is the Department of Transportation tool who can’t oversee a $2 billion dollar cash for clunkers car program. Dealers, who depend on cash flow for their survival, foolishly fronted the money for these dubious government subsidies expecting reimbursement from the government. Except the government isn’t paying off! Oh, but don’t worry, help is on the way! Right, the check is in the mail. This sounds like a job for that moron, Joe Biden to fix.

Which leads one to wonder if this isn’t a preview of how a single payer health care system (i.e. socialized medicine) is going to work. Are doctors going to perform operations that government Ray LaHoods are going to reimburse them for and expect them to stay in business? The issue isn’t going to be about health care, or doctors, or even the mechanics of how this whole socialized medicine program is going to actually deliver. It is all about government control of our lives: How we begin them, how the government will let us live them, and how the government will end them.

One of the best parts from the movie, Forrest Gump, is just when Captain Dan (the double amputee sitting atop the mast of the shrimp boat cursing God for his condition) finished shouting at God and wondering where he was . . . God showed up in the form of a devastating hurricane.

Now, as the politicians are acting like the pigs in the book, Animal Farm, the people have evidently shown up! And they are mad as hell. Ostensibly over the direction of health care. But the underlying heartburn they have is with a government out of control. A government that is too big, too arrogant, and unmindful of the treasures of individual freedom, liberty and smaller, less intrusive intervention in their lives.

I only wish the people had showed up with pitchforks and lighted torches to complete the picture for these clueless, blood fart politicians who are, incredibly, fighting back with bully boy tactics, IRS threats, Snitch hot lines to report ‘fishy’ people against government health care, and union thugs showing up at town hall meetings to intimidate or beat the snot out of anybody who dares stand up to their government and voices objection to the direction it is taking us.

Black Panther thugs stand outside polling places with nightsticks to intimidate voters. The government doesn’t even bring charges. Elections are stolen outright and nobody gets arrested or goes to jail. The government gives organizations like ACORN billions of our tax dollars to organize these thugs and steal the elections and continues to dole out more to them in “Stimulus Money.”

When the people are afraid of their government, that is tyranny. When the government is afraid of the people, that is liberty.

Something is very wrong with America right now. Which is it we want? Liberty or tyranny?

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