We’ve all heard the phrase before. We must vote for the “lesser of two evils” each election season. That’s all we can do.
It is my humble opinion that this way of thinking is what has gotten us into the mess we are in today. The mess that involves massive amounts of government spending, regulation, debt and new taxes levied on the American taxpayer.
I’d like to briefly quote a few phrases from our Declaration of Independence.
The first quote warns against complacency and the inability to change:
“Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.”
This second quote follows the first, and sums up the reason I no longer believe politicians are the answer to any of our problems. It is us rather:
“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
Some may argue that we do not currently have despots ruling our country. Well perhaps not yet, but we’re headed down that path. One example of this is shown when a majority of the members of Congress are still trying to ram through a health care bill, even though a majority of Americans oppose it. Now I must make it clear that I am not an advocate of democracy. As stated by Thomas Jefferson, “A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.” I am an advocate of a representative republic which is ruled by the Constitution of the United States. However, it is a major blow to the taxpayer when a majority of Americans are demanding not to have their income taken for the purpose of crappy health care, and our so-called representatives are essentially saying “too bad, so sad” in response. It would be perfectly legitimate if 99% of the people wanted government-run health care, and Congress voted it down. But we all know that would never happen.
Our problem is that we are no longer ruled by the Constitution. Neither party is following the Constitution. Yet every four years, we jump out of our seats to vote for one of them.
I am not saying we don’t need to vote for good candidates, because we do. But that is not the end all, be all. We need to be fully aware of what our Congressman and State Legislators are doing all throughout each year. And no matter what political party they are associated with, we need to unify and tell them no more new taxes, regulations or spending.
There are easy ways to give a few minutes of your time each month to find out what is going on with your Representatives. One of which is by attending your local Liberty on the Rocks meet-up, of course! We have plenty to learn and teach each other – so why not do it over drinks?!
The second is by locating a local organization that may keep track of all proposed bills and who in your state voted for them. To find out if there is a free market think tank in your area, check out the directory on the State Policy Network’s website. Many of the state-based think tanks are beginning to host sites which provide complete and precise legislative information for their respective state, so citizens can be easily updated and can then act if they feel it necessary. These sites include Michigan Votes and New Mexico Votes. There are also great organizations to get involved with that are nationwide, such as Americans for Prosperity, American’s for Tax Reform and America’s Future Foundation.
The bottom line is that it’s not about the politicians or the political parties, it’s about principles. And neither side has had any for a while. It’s time we step up to the plate as the true defenders of our Constitution, and do something to clean up this mess. I say we start by informing ourselves of the importance of free market capitalism, and then pass this information on to others. Only then will we have numbers large enough to truly enact “change”. And by change I mean freedom.