The Horse Sense Blog compares the nonsense in today's news with good ol' fashioned horse sense

“…I shall speak forth my sentiments freely and without reserve.… It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth, and fulfill the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.” - Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775

"The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it." - George Orwell

(c) copyright 2011-2016 Doug Johnson All Rights Reserved. All site content is copyright protected and subject to penalties for infringement of copyright laws.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Imagine America Like This

Here's the Nonsense:  American politicians do a good job making sure our nation is doing well.  Sure, sometimes there are a few minor issues, but overall they do a great job for America.

Here's the  Horse Sense:  American politicians are poor at their jobs.  And that's on both sides of the aisle.  Maybe to understand where we are we should just imagine how bad it could be.

Let's just imagine...

Imagine an America that elects people who are only interested in their own power and interests. They have little or no experience running anything successfully.  Their lives are not lives of integrity.  Everything is superficial about both those who are elected and those who elect them.  

The voters never closely examine or evaluate the background of those they elect.  It’s just assumed that anybody elected to office automatically loves America and wants to do what’s best for the country.  

But these people have been taught by our society that lining their own pockets and narcissistic self-interest is all that matters in life. In life prior to being elected to office they focused only on themselves and how they could manipulate every situation to their benefit.  Remarkably many who get elected go to Washington as poor or of average financial means, yet mysteriously amass huge fortunes while in office.  And they do all this while convincing Americans that they are people who do what’s right.  

Once elected they use their newfound power to exempt themselves from the very laws they pass for the rest of us.  They make sure they are protected and can build a world for their ruling class that has different rules than the rest of us are forced to live by. 

In this imaginary America the public seem mesmerized and intimidated by these elected officials.  They won’t confront them or hold them accountable.  In fact, they look at these people as special, almost like royalty.  

Americans learn to look to these people for the handouts they and their communities can get from the government, in spite of seeing situation after situation where these people have misused their power and gone against the will of the people. 

Having declared that the voters don’t understand the process in Washington, they proceed in their positions as senators and representatives to ride roughshod over the will of the people.  And, if the voters demand too much, they simply shut down the phones, throw out the mail, and cancel town hall meetings so that they don’t have to listen to them.  All this while declaring that they know best for America and that the voters don’t really understand and should accept their leadership and wisdom.  

Now, theoretically, many might call all this a shirking of their duties and responsibilities.  Some might find it offensive that those who are elected to serve would have such attitudes towards those who put them in office.  But wait...

Suppose these increasingly arrogant elected officials, having great power in their positions, begin to quietly manipulate legislation, behind the scenes and out of sight of the general public, so that their work starts breaking down and destroying our nation.

Suppose these elected officials also tell the public they are going to move forward on issues like closing our borders and not allowing amnesty for illegal immigrants that the public has demanded, yet quietly in secret meetings, behind closed doors, these same elected officials work to draft legislation that will do just the opposite of what the American voters have demanded.  Suppose that those actions will result in allowing millions of criminal immigrant invaders into the country just to appease the demands of big money groups like the Chamber of Congress.  Voters don’t matter, money and power are what count to these people. 

Now suppose that these politicians decide to look the other way and ignore the illegal actions of the president.  Even though they know that America’s power in the world has historically been driven by our strong economy.  But these politicians look the other way and allow the president to add trillions of dollars of debt to the backs of the taxpayers that probably will never be able to be repaid.  In fact, they not only look the other way, they not only facilitate the president's spending, they participate along with him.  And it's not just those who are members of the president's political party, it's members of both parties doing all of this.

Arrogance?  Willful disregard of the voice of the people?  Don't forget to consider this...

These same elected officials do nothing to stop the invasion of the privacy of American citizens by the NSA and other government agencies.  They do nothing to stop the destruction of tearing down of America's military strength that has not only made us the number one superpower for generations, but has secured peace and safety for our nation.  

These same politicians have not only allowed the unbridled mass murder of millions of babies in our nation, but they have taken "safe" positions that allow legal exceptions for these murders while still wearing the label of "pro-life."

These officials do nothing to stop the harassment, mistreatment, and shutdown of religious freedom for Americans, even though religious freedom is the foundation stone and bedrock of our society.

In an effort to appear to be tackling issues like these they hold hearings and rant and rave in front of the press, but nothing changes.  In fact, it only gets worse.

And imagine the Senate and House full of these elected officials who sit by and do nothing when the president initiates wars without congressional authorization.

They do nothing when the president imprisons people indefinitely in Guantanamo that the military have found innocent of international terrorism.  

When the president takes executive actions over and over again illegally on everything from environmental regulations to foreign military combat commitments, these same politicians do nothing.

In this imaginary America the president has refused to enforce laws he disagrees with, all while the House and Senate do nothing.

The president also abandons and discards the important relationships with America's allies and gets cozy with America's enemies (even promising Russia he can reduce our nuclear arsenal more effectively if they'll wait until after his reelection) all while the politicians in the House and Senate sit by and watch but still do nothing.

And as your imagination continues on it even comes up with the president using government agencies like the IRS as a political weapon against citizens, while the senators and representatives still do little to nothing.

Now let's also imagine that American voters don't take seriously the words of Ben Franklin when, in 1787 after the Consitutional Convention, he was approached by a Mrs. Powel who asked, "Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?" Franklin replied with the chilling words, "A republican, Madam, if you can keep it." 

Those words were chilling because they were a warning that Americans have a civic duty to be involved in their government, to never let up their close watch of those in power and to hold them accountable or they will lose their freedom.  But in this imaginary America you are thinking of the citizens have made things like video games, watching sports on TV, texting their friends, taking vacations, and anything and everything that feeds their narcissism more important than spending the time required to keep America free.

If your imagined America were the America we live in today, you would be scared to death.  You'd realize that time is short if this madness in Washington is to be stopped.  You'd know that involvement in the political process means more than waiting until Labor Day of election year to get involved that last 60 days before the general election.  You'd know that involvement months and years before the primaries is important to both hold politicians in office accountable and also to continue to educate others while raising up new, good candidates for office.

Sadly, this imagined America isn't a dream  It's reality.  And that reality is even worse than your dream.  It's a nightmare.

The chance to save America is hanging by a thread.  Chances are very slim that we can save it.  But there IS still a chance.  

Back in April 1775, when the first blood was spilled in the American Revolution, the chances were less than slim that America could defeat Great Britain, the greatest power the world had ever known.  That didn't stop our founders.  They rose up, dedicated their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to the war knowing that if they lost they would not just go back to the way things were before the war.  They wouldn't just lose everything they owned.  They would die.  But they understood that freedom is more important than their lives.  Freedom is bought, paid for, and kept intact not just by inconvenience, but by sacrifice.  

Americans today don't understand freedom or its worth.  We still have a chance, a slim chance to turn America around.  It's time we educate our fellow citizens so they'll join us and rise to action before there's no chance to save our nation.