This is something that has been on my mind for a while now. President Obama likes to talk about how Republicans want to take the country back to old ideas and the Democrats want new ideas. What? While that may make for a great sound bite, it simply isn’t true. It’s not even what I would call misleading. It is a flat out lie. Yes Republicans, well conservative Republicans and Tea Party Republicans, want to go back to the way this country was founded. However, the truth is that the last new idea in politics was the founding fathers American experiment in 1789.
Politicians are real good at giving things new names. Call it what you want, Democracy, Socialism, Communism, Fascism, or any of the other new names that keep coming up. But the ideas behind them are the same. They are thousands of years old. So are the ideas of freedom and liberty. The Greeks and then the Romans started out with a Republic form of government like we did. Then over time Government grew bigger and bigger until it collapsed under its own weight. Which is were we are headed. Bernie Sanders ideas sound great but history has proven time and time again that they don’t work. I wish they did. I wish the government was capable of making things fair for everybody. That there where no poor. But Government cannot make those things a reality. The best Government can do is make a system where everyone has an equal chance to succeed. Which is what our Founding Fathers tried to do. The brilliance of the Constitution is that is set up a Government for the expressed purpose of protecting our right to succeed and to keep Government small. The safe guards in the Constitution failed because we as a society failed to teach our kids why those things are important. We got complacent. We got lazy. Too much of the “it won’t happen here” attitude. Well it is close to happening. Very close. The Founders knew because they studied history that big centralized Government always fails.
There was an editorial in a New York paper a few years ago that a friend of mine posted on Facebook. I wish I could find it again. It was written by a 40 year law professor. It was an interesting article. He made some very good points. But at the end he blew it. He talked about how some countries don’t have much of a written constitution but instead relied on traditions. And I thought what the fuck??? How can you have been a law professor for 40 years and not realize that that was how this country was founded???? The Constitution is basically a blue print for a small Federal Government. That is really it. The Declaration of Independence talks about freedom in the first paragraph but after that is is mostly a list of grievances against the king. This country was founded mostly on traditions. That is why many of the Founders didn’t want to do a list of rights. They knew they couldn’t possibly list them all and the ones that were listed where such common knowledge they should never be questioned. TRADITIONS!!! It is those traditions that we failed to pass on to our kids starting 100 years ago when the progressive movement started. That is why we are in the mess we are today and we are not going to get out of this mess unless we give Americans a crash course on freedom and liberty. The good, the bad and the responsibilities of freedom. We need a leader who will lay out the traditions we started out with and why they are still important. Time is running out. Fast…
One more thing. If someone out there truly has a new idea, I would be interested in listening. But you are going to have to explain why that is better than what we had 200 years ago. And in order to do that you will have to truly understand what we had 200 years ago. If you understand that you will be hard pressed to find something better. But please feel free to try.