August 10, 2010

The Personal and the Political

My friend Jack asked me today when I was going to start blogging again, and it was a good question because it seemed I hadn't done much blogging lately. Then I looked at the front page and saw the last post was written on June 27 so I basically missed all of July. A lot of stuff happened in July too. Blogging it would have been fun.

You would think that being unemployed would leave me with lots of free time to read the internet and write blog post after blog post after blog post. You would think that, and you would be wrong. Here's why.

Being unemployed sucks. Being unemployed for over a year really really sucks. Being an unemployed graphic designer can alleviate some of the suckiness. The first thing a newly unemployed graphic designer does after their resume and portfolio is go into the freelance business. It helps these days if you know a thing or two about HTML and CSS, so I taught myself how to so that in my spare time. Which I had a lot of.

I've been able to pick up a little work here and there. Just enough to keep the wolves at bay. And those little pockets of activity have been wonderful and energizing during a time that is generally draining and depressing.

Blogging takes energy. The morass of being out of work robs you of that energy. Because, being unemployed sucks.

Another factor is that for me, blogging is largely an exercise in advocacy. It's about putting an idea out in the universe in the hopes that one person picks up on it and it impacts that one person's thinking. Even if that one person is my good friend Jack.

A few months ago mine was one of millions of voices speaking out against the healthcare takeover. In fact my voice was a part a large majority of the American public that opposed the healthcare takeover.

But the bastards did it anyway.

During the Bush years when they tried to pass an amnesty for illegal immigrants the American people said, "NO," and the immigration "reform" legislation died. When Bush offered up Harriet Miers for the Supreme Court - a nomination that makes Elena Kagan look qualified by comparison - the people said, "NO," and the politicians listened.

Not this new gang of "intellectual elites" who know better than we do how to live our lives and care for our families. From this bunch we get "We have to pass the bill so you can see what's in it."

It leaves you feeling like you should roll over and look if they at least left you a $20 on the night stand. But if they had, they would just turn around and take 25% in taxes.

It makes advocacy via this one little blog feel like shouting into the wind of a very nasty storm.

Then Jack comes along and asks me when I'm going to start shouting again and I remember that it is not about changing the world with a few blog posts. It's about reaching one person and reminding them that they deserve freedom and liberty.

But enough of the personal. Let's get to the political.

Congress has passed yet another bailout bill. This time they are not bailing out banks and Wall Street Tycoons who over invested in junk mortgages created through government intervention in the housing market. This time they are bailing out, other governments.

Really what they are doing is bailing out state education budgets so they don't have to lay off teachers.

Teachers, police and firefighters are always used as political footballs. As soon as a state or municipal government starts to run short of money they start to talk about how many teachers, police and firefighters they will be forced to cut. They do this because most people think that teachers, police and firefighters are a good thing to have in a society so it makes it easier to convince them to bend over and accept a tax hike instead. (And still no $20 on the nightstand.)

I bet a decent honest accountant going through any government budget could find enough money being stolen or wasted that the layoffs, tax hikes and bailouts wouldn't be necessary. But their political hay to make there, so it will never happen.

But really what the Democrats are doing is bailing out the teachers unions. More employed teachers means more dues paying teachers filling union coffers.

And since a good chunk of that teacher's union money is going be donated to Democrats running for election, what they are really doing is using borrowed tax dollars to be paid back by future generations to fund their own damned reelections.

Is it any wonder that recent polling shows that only 21% of Americans believe the U.S. Government has the consent of the governed?

I have seen a number or articles and blog posts based on this theme:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.

I think this piece really got things started:

Will Washington's Failures Lead To Second American Revolution?

The Internet is a large-scale version of the "Committees of Correspondence" that led to the first American Revolution — and with Washington's failings now so obvious and awful, it may lead to another.

People are asking, "Is the government doing us more harm than good? Should we change what it does and the way it does it?"

Among the places I have seen the sentiment echoed is Confederate Yankee.
Ernest S. Christian and Gary A. Roberts wonder aloud whether the power grabs of the Obama Administration and the ruling class mentality of entrenched Democrat and Republican political machines will lead to a second Revolutionary War.

I'll lay it out bluntly for you; either the American people—not extremists, but good and decent patriots like your neighbors and yourselves—will revolt and destroy the ruling class and reform our government based upon first principles, or the United States we know as our forefathers conceived it is dead.

These people, and many others I have read, have wrapped their heads around the possibility of armed rebellion and bloodshed in the streets. I don't think it is what they want. They are not eager for revolution. They see it as one possible destination if we don't get off the road to statism and socialism.

I think they are right. It could get to the point where the only choice we have is to submit or fight.

I don't think it is inevitable, but our chances of stopping it are becoming fewer. I don't think we have a chance to get off The Road to Serfdom in this November's election. But I think we have a chance to slow down. To send a message to Washington that they have gone too far and that We the People are ordering them to stop.

And if they listen, if they get the message, we can through subsequent elections begin to undo the damage decades of creeping statism has done.

Will they listen? Will they get the voter's message? I sincerely hope they do, for I sincerely fear what may happen if they don't.

(Thanks Jack)

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at 04:46 PM | Comments (1) | Add Comment

1 Well said Steve. I also like your reference to F.A. Hayek's classic, The Road to Serfdom, for it applies now more than ever.

Posted by: Wayne at August 16, 2010 03:14 PM (IGF0m)

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