The bigger issue

The Big Issues

I’ve noted in previous posts a lot about my conversations with people on gay stuff. But that stuff is so unimportant in the larger scheme of things. We have economies all over the world in grave peril. Put there by cockamamie schemes by government to run everything. It never works. It won’t this time. It always leads to societal breakdown and inflation and corruption, and cronyism and even dictatorship. It probably won’t happen there, this last thing. I would think it would be stopped well short of that. But the inflation, well, that’s likely. And the societal breakdown might be coming, in the sense of riots over pensions and government spending and government benefits, like is happening in France and Greece, and perhaps elsewhere, word of which has not seeped into the American media. This is the menace.

So too is the convoluted law. Complex laws and incomprehensible tax codes have always led to societal mayhem. This was true back in the time of the Hittite, Assyrian and Sumerian empires and cuneiform tablets like it was during the time of Louis XIV and the Hapsburgs of Austria and Russia under the Romanovs. Great uprisings came of the morass. We’re probably not going to have any such thing either. More rational heads will prevail here.

But still, politics is already coming out from behind the lofty platitudes of the campaign trail. What yet faces the nation though, and not just this one, is that government spends more than government can grab in taxes. Then it borrows the difference. This cannot long continue. Oh sure, it can go on for quite a while. “As all experience hath shown,” as Jefferson wrote, “people are long to suffer such abuses.” But eventually it’s got to stop.

The TEA party, however imperfect it is, however amorphous it is, however befuddled it is at the moment, is just one thing to lay across the path of the galloping horsemen of the coming apocalypse. Basically, the government has to be sliced and diced to a smaller size. And in this way there would not be opportunities for all the corruption and cronyism. Instead, people will keep their own money and do with it as they would. And we’d all get along a whole lot nicer with each other, for we wouldn’t be worried about whether “our” tax dollars are going for this or that that we might not agree with.

By federalizing everything we’re making it impossible for people to stay out of other people’s business. The more every decision on health, schools, housing, cars, energy, shopping, savings, investing, business, employment – and all the many other things which make up life – is centered in Washington the more there will be societal conflict. And the more people will feel left out of the decision making. The more they will feel that far away forces are befouling their lives. The more they will feel estranged from government. This has been the lesson of history. The more centralized a government is, the more restricted and limited is the problem solving allowed. Because it’s not in the plan, or there’s a rule against that, or something some mindless bureaucrat put in place. Not solving problems, mind you. For government can rarely do that. Rather, the goal of government is in allowing problems to be solved. The federal government, a centralized government, is simply the worst tool ever devised to do such a thing as solve a problem. That should be evident enough by now.

In this quest to “take back the country” or whatever it might be called, the 70% or so of the people are miffed enough to actually get something done. It will still take a while, to whittle down the size of the behemoth. But it’s possible. Of this I’m sure. There’s a lot of ideas about how this resurrection might be affected. I’d suggest going after the low hanging fruit first. Like eliminating the Department of Commerce, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and all the federal arts programs. And all the funding to help this or that business do business. There’s also the Department of Energy. We don’t need one. In fact, much of the cabinet can be eliminated without impacting the operations of the federal government.

And there’s a difference between national parameters, or standards, or even goals, and the actual local implementation of measures that might achieve some semblance of the stated goal. But the more things have to have only one solution, a federal solution, then the more people will argue across the nation. It’s going to be an interesting coming decade as the entire political situation of this nation becomes realigned. I can see three main groups.

The left, dedicated still to some utopian fantasy as set forth by the political fantasists of the 1800s. These are approximately 20% of the nation’s people. And then I can see the fundamentalist Christians on some fury of hellbent theocracy, though they make up only, thankfully, some 10% of the nation. This 30% has hoodwinked everyone else into believing that their issues, their dogma, should be the focus of the discussion. Nothing could be further from the truth. 70% of the nation more or less operates under a live and let live attitude. A true Liberty minded 70% really doesn’t care what anyone does, so long as it doesn’t impact their lives and they don’t have to pay for it. I’m a part of that 70%. Nearly 100% of the people I deal with in all my guises are part of that 70%. I think that 90% of all the people at the websites I frequent are part of this 70%. Our attitude is the same:

You want a socialist commune? Set one up. Don’t ask for subsidies however.

You want a gay nudist camp? Set one up. But put up high fences, and don’t ask for subsidies for it.

You want a public health clinic? Set one up. Raise the funds through donations and do what you can, but don’t make me pay for it with my taxes.

You want a stadium for your team? Set one up, but don’t ask for public funding for “economic development.” It’s a sham.

You want public art? Set it up. Go buy the art with your money and donate it to the city. But don’t make anyone else pay through taxes for your art choices.

And if the community rejects too ostentatious a display of your predilections, then so be it.

But the community should not react violently against the individualists among the populace.

If a gay nudist camp, or a socialist commune, or a wacky artist wants to do what they do, fine, don’t outright prohibit them, just let them do it with their own money, and prevent them from getting government funding. Therefore it’s none of your business.

Which bring us back to limiting the size of government. Slash it at every turn. The smaller the merrier. It’s a hard mix to work out, and that’s where courts come in. But the key to the nation has been expanding liberty. That’s been the guiding light of America. An ever expanding liberty that seeks to accommodate all the individuals in a coherent whole. The nation is physically big enough to do so. Let’s hope it’s heart and mind is big enough too. And so let’s get busy dismantling the federal behemoth. I’m a radical enough that I don’t care what anyone cuts from the hide of big government. Some are more particular over this billion or that billion. Frankly, I don’t care. If you have a billion you think can be cut, then I’m for cutting it. I guess I’m easy going in my desire to dismantle it all.

And that’s my true message. Not the “gay agenda,” whatever that is. And you know, in a sense, that near nonexistent agenda that so many are concerned about is only a national concern because it was made a federal issue. Dismantle the behemoth, remove government from every pie it’s got its fingers in. Lessen the number of laws. Cut the taxes. Eliminate the rules. Cancel the government plans and commissions, and dismantle the bureaucracy and it’s rules. Let the people do what they want, and the courts (running them is the president’s true job, not imposing his vision of our proper energy usage) will sort out any real conflicts between real people in a real time and real place, which would be few and far between. And thus someone in Iowa might not have to worry what someone in San Francisco is doing.

And then we won’t have to live in a Kafka novel and worry about what some nameless faceless person somewhere else is doing to better or hinder our lives. That’s what I hope the Tea Party does over the next decade or two, which is what it will take.


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