From Ron Ewart:
How is it that a country whose freedom and liberty are based on the foundation of a Constitution that contains 10 basic individual rights, a gift from our creator, be so divided? How is it that a country that has shown the rest of the world how successful freedom can be, be going in so many different directions and away from freedom? Such divisions amongst us are so clearly illuminated by the strange odors eminating from our current presidential primary season.
We have the religious right-right looking for instant salvation from an Arkansas pastor, turned governor. We have a broad range of independents casting their hopes on a prisoner-of-war, turned liberal senator, masquerading as a conservative. We have fiscal conservatives looking kindly at a Mormon-businessman-governor who promises to magically return every job lost in Michigan, if he is elected president. We have the remnants of those holding on to the memory of 9/11, looking to a prosecuting attorney-turned Mayor of New York City, (saying he is a Republican but espousing Democratic views) as the answer to foreign aggression. Then we have the ultra-conservatives buying into a candidate that wants to return America to a Constitutional Republic, but promoting isolationism. Meanwhile, we have a couple of truly great candidates that are largely ignored.
On the other side, we have three front-running presidential candidates fawning over every promise they can make to those with their hands out. These same liberal candidates for president, who if were compared to each other, side by side, issue by issue, vary by a hair’s breadth. Liberals want government to control every aspect of our lives and tax us into oblivion for every socialist and radical environmental law they can dream up. They want to take away our guns that is our only protection we have against a despotic government. They want to take away our money by force and give it to someone else to buy votes to remain in power.
Then we have the socialists in our society who want everything that government can steal at the point of a gun from those who are producing and taking care of themselves, handed over to the non-producers on a silver platter, without any obligation to do anything in return for those who were forced to give it up. And a government only too eager to give it to them.
We have the environmentalists using government to pass law after law, restricting all of our rights to the ownership of our own property, in direct violation of our constitution. These same environmentalists use government to impede, or outright stop, any new crude oil recovery, power generation (by any means, except very expensive, in-efficient alternative energy) or new crude oil refining capacity. Their actions have driven the price of crude oil, gasoline and other derivative products out of sight, creating a devastating Inflationary spiral. They have even convinced government to convert corn to ethanol when that conversion takes more fossil fuel to produce than the ethanol delivers in energy. According to them we have to save every wetland no matter what the cost and save every species that some radical environmentalist determines (by divining rod) that are supposedly going extinct. We have to limit our output of CO2 to the point that our economy could go into a tailspin, in order to save the planet from the scourge of man-caused global warming, that has been debunked by every credible non-political scientist in the world. They have convinced the government to take away our incandescent light bulbs for the same insane reason. Ludicrous!
We have large corporations and the unions that get in bed with the socialists, environmentalists and the government to assure they will get their piece of the pie. Each and every one of them is fighting for special favors and federal dollars that the feds take from the rest us by force. We have the legal profession chasing ambulances to make money and getting in the way of any legislation that would limit their power, or driving up prices for everything due to outrageous, multi-million dollar court settlements. And since most politicians were once attorneys, getting in the way is very easy.
Then we have ethnic groups that receive special treatment because the government wants to stay in power by buying the ethnic groups’ votes with our money. We attended a budget hearing for a large county in Washington State. We came there to give testimony about leaving the rural landowners alone. What did we find? Almost the entire room was filled with ethnic groups with their hands out to government for whatever they could get, or special treatment, or more money for their specific social programs. Government didn’t even hesitate to give it to them. The land of the free has morphed into the land of government handouts, based on the false, emotional premise of mis-directed compassion.
Of course there is the illegal alien who sneaks into our country by the millions, takes our jobs, eats up our safety-net dollars, floods our schools and hospitals, won’t learn English, brings in disease and hides in the shadows, with no intent of assimilating into the American culture.
But then there are the groups of bleeding hearts and politicians looking for votes, who support the illegals’ lawbreaking and lobby government or pass legislation to give the illegals more money, or amnesty and let them stay here, while the federal government turns a blind eye to the injustice of it all.
Most of government’s decisions aren’t based on constitutional principles, much less common sense. They are based on almost wholly political or highly-charged emotional issues that fly in the face of our constitution and common sense. Anyone that has any moxie at all, knows how to fix most of what ails America. Unfortunately, those solutions will never be implemented because some special group gets its ox gored and has a powerful lobby in Washington DC or some state capitol, to shield it from, or stop the proposed change.
So that is why America is decaying into oblivion. We are so divided that consensus is virtually impossible. We pull the government in a thousand directions and we pull on each other, instead of looking inside ourselves for our own solutions. But a nation divided is a nation in free fall and like a large ship, it will take miles (years) to shift direction, or stop and reverse course. We have met the enemy and it is truly us. But then, does anyone really care?
NOTE: Rural landowners, don’t forget NARLO’s “Declaration of Rural Independence” event for the week of July 4th, 2008. And be sure to check our our new barter/trade feature on the NARLO website.
Ron Ewart is President of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF RURAL LANDOWNERS
Dedicated to restoriing, maintaining and defending private property rights
and returning this great land called America, to a Constitutional Republic.
P. O. Box 1031, Issaquah, WA 98027