I often read the opinions of those with whom I do not agree or on subjects that seem a bit staged. The fact is, most of the news we see or hear is, for the most part, entertainment. The worst was that of the Daily Show and its wannabe cohort, the Colbert Report. This is entertainment where fake news is made real for those who can’t be bothered to do even the basic research of current events. The average individual, that is, about 68 percent of the population, can’t be bothered to read or view independent news sources and than arrive at a conclusion based on those resources. Simply put, of the voting population, one hundred and fifty million people are dummies and yet they elect the politicians. That includes college educated idiots who never learned to think critically. For most of America, politics is a knee jerk effect. Individuals register to vote and stating a preference for political affiliation, although quite a few do not register to vote, and then vote base on their party loyalty. There are those of us who either changed to independent or never had a loyalty to any particular party. We make up a growing number of individuals who see political party politics as far less than desirable.
America has been the great experiment in political thinking. We had no Royalty to serve as the backstop of our political beliefs. A king or queen gives us a personage that we may identify with or against. In the British House of Parliament, one sits on one side of the hall or the other, one side representing the loyal opposition and the other representing those presently in power. In France the Assembly is fashioned in a semicircle and so one sits according to one’s political views. One may be sitting to the right of X but the the left of Y. The physical left is the political left and the physical right is the political right. But in the US Congress and Senate, seats are assigned based on seniority. If elected, I may sit in a group of my opposition. Our Congress, both House of Representatives and Senate, started out based on one of two beliefs, one either wanted a strong central government or one favored a weak one. A strong federal government took from the states as much power as it could contrive to get away with. A strong states’ right government believed in minimal federal government. Our country has always reflected regionalism. Indeed, that is how our revolution was fought, as a regional conflict. And that is pretty much how we won our independence, by regions. That explains why it took us some thirteen years to do it.
This regionalism has shaped our political landscape in ways that somehow seem strange to us. Each region had what economists call comparative advantages. The topography was different for states in their relative regions as was the population. Those who populated New England came from the southern parts of England while those who populated the southern states came from the north of England and Scotland. These regional English differences carried over to the new world. But America was a melting pot, so to speak. Germans, French, and other nationalities came and made their new way of life here. They helped to change America but were also changed by America. This is true for all immigration. The other great experience that many countries never have is the shifting of population about the country. First we pushed westward, expanding our country. In one case we pushed into another country, occupied a very sparely settled territory, and then made it an independent country before joining it to America. Then as we settled in with all of our new territories and made them into states with the help of more immigrants, we started to cross migrate from one region to another as economic conditions dictated. The old South was diluted with individuals and families from the old North and became the New South, changing it character. But much of the old character remained in the regions.
Today we have passed those crossroads that define the difference between a strong central government and states’ rights. Our Supreme Court has made a number of decisions in the past ten years to clearly point to a stronger, a larger, and a more powerful central government. It has increasingly reduced state governments to irrelevance. There was a line in the film, The President’s Analyst, in which the Russian spy explains that every day your country, meaning America, becomes more socialist and my country becomes more capitalist. One day we will meet in the middle. I do believe we have gone past that middle. Where widows, orphans, and old age pensioners once looked to the local community, the states stepped in, or not as the case may be, to take up the progressive hue and cry of action. Since 1965 we have been engaged in moving the Federal government into that progressive realm and expanded the operations of what had been charity into institutionalized government largess. Today we spend billions upon billions on various welfare programs. The funny thing is, most of these programs aren’t for the poor and down trodden. Much is spent to keep various businesses propped up, continuing long past their “Don’t Use date”. The progressive groups demand of the government demand action because a business makes too much profit, that the company officers are grossly over paid and yet when that same company goes bankrupt and is about to lay off workers, those same progressives want to use government to keep it open and save workers jobs. Progressives complain about urban blight and the flight of the middle class out of these urban areas. then they fight the gentrification of poor neighborhoods by complaining, “Where will the poor people go?” Well, the poor will go somewhere else and become someone else’s tax burden.
For the liberal progressive, equality means that every one has the same IQ, the same ability, the same income, the same identity with the appropriate diversity symbolically attached, and, well, the same every thing. Oh, and that these individuals recognize that the liberal progressive knows best how to govern their lives. You know, no matter how good the intentions of your liberal or conservative progressive ideals are, the consequences tend to be the same, disaster. The more you grow grovernment, the less responsive it becomes, the more it takes on a life of its own, and the less manageable it becomes. The EPA was a good ideal that has become a terrifying agency gone wild. The Department of Education has become a fiefdom unto itself. Hud enjoys such power over individuals and families that any dictator would envy. The Internal Revenue is a despotic power answerable only to itself. And so it continues. Then a fool such as Bernie sanders comes along and questions the morality of the rich, the corrupt, the multinational corporations, and the too big to fail banks. I’m sorry, but “we, the people”, who voted for all those representatives and senators without bothering to read the large print, let alone the fine print, allowed all this. We allowed all this corruption because our “guy” was going to give us stuff. You know, you got to go along to get along. That is the morality of American politics. And you, Bernie, where have you been in educating your constituents about the duties of citizenship? Oh yes, let anyone cross the border and vote for your party. Yeah, right. Oh, you’re an independent? Not really, you go along to get along, too.
Historians have estimated that only about ten to fifteen percent of the population in the thirteen colonies supported the revolution in one way or another. Think of that idea. The average colonist couldn’t have been bothered one way or another. That’s 68 percent of the population who did nothing while sixteen percent supported the revolution and the other sixteen percent were against the revolution. How does that relate to present times? Sixtyeight percent of you don’t care one way or another about where this country is going and what it is doing. Just as long as you get your bread and circuses, you don’t really care. Bernie, here’s your problem. It ain’t the rick, it ain’t the multinational corporations, it ain’t Wall Street, ot the too big to fail banks, it’s the average American who can’t be bothered to care beyond checking his cell phone for text messages or twittering his life away. This sixty eight percent of the population already have the government, the society, the race relations, and everything else that they deserve. What a field day for the heat, a thousand people in the street, singing songs and carrying signs, mostly saying “Hooray for Our Side.” There’s battle lines being drawn, nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong. It’s time we stop, Hey, what’s that sound, everybody better look, what’s going down. Sorry, Buffalo Springfield, for chopping up your song. Almost forty years later and the message still carries great weight. “For What’s It Worth.” Will Bernie make a difference? Hell no, he’ll throw tons of words at us but most of our ears will be closed. And all his answers won’t work any better than the other politicians’.