With the 2010 elections approaching fast, Stacy McCain offers the following valuable advice.
It shouldn’t be necessary to say this in a crucial mid-term election year, but I have been troubled to find that it’s difficult to get conservatives to concentrate on supporting individual candidates in actual elections.
Part of the problem, I think, is that conservatives don’t really like politics. The grubby business of electing politicians and enacting legislation strikes many conservatives as something uncouth and menial. And there is a notable tendency among conservative bloggers to limit themselves to three basic categories of topics:
- Liberals are evil.
- The media is biased.
- Whatever is on the Drudge Report.
The problem, however, is that slinging snark about celebrities or media bias isn’t going to change anything in Washington.
Stacy's a smart guy, so his post got me thinking ...
If you would have asked me a year ago, or even 6 months ago, I would have told you of my expectations to heavily devote this blog to supporting individual political candidates. But other than a few posts on Rand Paul and Sharron Angle, I've done nothing of the sort. Hmmm ...
Part of the reason is because in my neck of the woods (Michigan), the only candidates worth getting excited about don't have a snowball's chance in h-double-hockey-sticks to win an election. Furthermore, experience has taught me the "lesser evil" is still evil, and that "beating the Democrats" as a political strategy is akin to sticking your manhood in a light socket. Neither of which I find appealing.
Being a finance guy, I've naturally spent a lot of time researching our current economic situation, the viability of our banking system, and the solvency/insolvency of our governments ... and the cold, dark reality set in that ... we're screwed. Big time.
The elections not being enough to turn things around, I figured, what's the point?
There IS a point however, because no matter how dire the economy or bankrupt the government, putting more quality people in Washington (the sooner the better) provides hope for our future. Since that won't happen by accident, it would be wise to heed Stacy's words.
I'm Old School. Traditional. If the founding generations were skeptical of political power, that's good enough for me. I'm a skeptic too. Witnessing all their fears come true however, has made me a bonafide cynic. It's time more Americans join me.
I don't trust politicians. Period. Democrat, Republican, or whatever. Why? There's simply no reason to. Neither logic or reason can lead you to trust a politician, a person who for all practical purposes exists only on your TV. Trusting a politician is based on pure emotion.
Evidence dictates politicians are never to be trusted, and kept on a short leash at all times. This truth gave birth to our great nation. If we're to survive, even as a remotely free society, Americans need to embrace their traditional inner-skeptic fast! Or we're doomed. Think about it ...
The average American today has more "respect for the office" than did Presidents Washington and Jefferson. Even "His Rotundity" John Adams, would be appalled at the love affair the People have today, with our government in general, politicians in particular, and their favorite political party (Washington warned against). Presidential war powers? Washington would have rounded up his troops alright ... that is to overthrow our own government yet again.
Early Americans didn't look for external "leaders," they looked within themselves instead. They were in charge of their own lives, and were quite capable of making their own decisions. President who? During the first half of our republic, nobody even cared who the president was, the office held no powers of concern. It was their local government and Congress critters they had to keep their eyes on. One more time, keep their eyes on. Politicians are not to be cheered, they are to be watched ... as common thieves.
Outside family and friends, your loyalty begins and ends with the Declaration of Independence. Period. At least it should. Leave hero worship and State loyalty to the sheep. "If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animated contest of freedom, go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen!"
The following “ten facts of American national politics that you must understand to get meaningful change” was written by long-time conservative activist Gary North. This is good, good stuff. Read it. Memorize it. Live it.
Unbreakable Rules for Hard-Core Tea Party Activists
- You can't beat something with nothing.
- 80% of politicians respond only to two things: (1) fear; (2) pain.
- Bureaucrats (tenured) respond only to one thing: budget cuts.
- Political reform never comes as long as the tax money flows in.
- The #1 goal is to reduce the government's funds, not re-direct them.
- Congress's club system sucks in 80% of new members by term #2.
- Politicians listen to their peers, not to their constituents.
- Money from the government buys off most voters.
- Most citizens care little about politics and know less.
- This gives influence to organized swing-vote blocs.
The political system was summed up a generation ago by the man I regard as the elder statesman of the hard-core wing of the American conservative movement, M. Stanton Evans: "Evans's Law of Political Perfidy."
When our friends get into power, they aren't our friends any more.
To this, I add North's Law of Partisan Politics:
When a movement is in either political party's hip pocket, it will be sat on.
If you do not believe this, then you are a sheep for the shearing -- and then, after several shearings, the roasting. You are on some politician's menu.
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