Actually I have a problem with the political process that extends well beyond individual politicians or even political parties. I am addressing no other nation’s politics but that of my own, the United States of America. I love the humorous but deadly serious quote from Ronald Reagan, “It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.”
Politics is a necessary part of a Republic with a Constitutional Representative Democracy. Politics is described and defined as, “the activities associated with the governance of a country or other area, especially the debate or conflict among individuals or parties having or hoping to achieve power.” Without the political process we would have a totalitarian dictatorship or complete anarchy not a Constitutional Republic and in many ways we have at best an Oligarchy and are moving rapidly toward a more totalitarian dictatorship and that saddens me as an American citizen and veteran.
Most are familiar with the story of Benjamin Franklin emerging from Independence Hall in Philadelphia and being asked, “Dr. Franklin, what kind of government have you given us?” Mr. Franklin’s reply should have long been a clarion call for diligence on the part of the public and politicians but for long decades has fallen on deaf ears. He said, “A Republic, madam, if you can keep it.” The founders hammered out the best system they could conceive and I personally believe were guided by the divine hand of providence. They also understood that if WE THE PEOPLE failed to remain diligent and professionals were allowed to hijack the process with elitist oligarchical mindsets the Republic could not survive. The euphoria of this new found independence and the prosperity of successive generations as well as the enjoyment of personal liberties by the citizens muted their warnings. We are paying an almost unpayable price for that failure.
The infamous quote attributed to George Santayana is worthy of consideration and remembrance. He said, “Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.” The original quote is more likely, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Sadly, in 21st Century America we are on a “damn the torpedoes full steam ahead” approach to sanitizing history to make it politically correct and thereby deemed acceptable. To ignore history or remove certain elements of our past from the record does not change the past nor does it advance the future. If we are to advance as a civilization, maintain our Republic and insure our Constitutional guarantees, liberties, rights and privileges are held intact we dare not make that mistake of politicizing history. If we are to benefit from the mistakes of the past we must know them.
Politics as some have humorously but often accurately defined is: The word is derived from two words. Poly = many and Ticks = blood sucking parasites. Therefore according to this definition politics and politicians exist to drink the blood of the citizens making them creatures of the dark and even vampire world. We live in a very dark world controlled by corruption, the pursuit of graft, greed and power. Politicians frequently sell their votes like prostitutes sell their bodies and we the people are the victims largely because we ‘trusted’ the politicians to protect and defend the constitution and ‘abdicated’ our responsibilities. The latter has been, at least partially, because it either did not impact us personally or in our bottom line or we deemed the task too daunting and sat silently as the Republic crumbled. Edmund Burke had it correct saying, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
The Bible addresses this in Galatians 6:9 by saying that if we do not faint or quit in doing what is good and right we will reap the harvest of those efforts. I have long told those who would listen, “The only way the devil can win in our lives is for us to quit.” We have a hope! America was established as a Democratic Constitutional Republic rooted in the principles of God’s Word. The founders provided a system of checks and balances and repeatedly warned that the true caretakers of the Republic were THE CITIZENS.
So politics does not bother me the greater problem are professional elitist politicians and an apathetic populace. I am tired of the blood sucking parasites draining the life out of my Republic and issue the call to “Take It Back!”
God bless you and God bless America!