Dignity is easy for politicians to sell. From where they stand it doesn’t cost much. Dignity at the level they think we deserve is cheap. It’s not even their money they spend to buy it. It fits in well with the patronizing package of sanctimony that has been assaulting us from our radios, televisions, and mailboxes this campaign season.
A terrible thing has happened to the Democratic Party. America’s security has been threatened on not one, but two fronts. ISIS was bad enough, but who could have imagined that the president would be chewing up yesterday’s Saturday morning airtime three weeks before midterms talking about disease?
When bureaucracy fails bad things can happen. Government can put you in danger despite promises to protect us from hazards ranging from natural disasters, to knife-wielding Islamics, to our own bad health habits.
One of the major flaws of the Constitution is that it allows our bottom feeding legislators to dictate what handing over a fair share of our income means. They also get to decide how our money is spent. This means that elected officials who cry the loudest over individuals and companies not paying their fair share are the ones who spend more of our money. When they choose what to spend on, they tend to choose badly. Is that fair?
How could freedom be the worst thing about America? For the same reason it is also the best. We like being free and hold ourselves to a higher standard because of our belief in freedom. We extend this value not only to anyone who visits, but to people in other nations who don’t have the slightest idea what freedom is. Is this a bad thing? It is when we fall prey to the myth behind what being free in America means.
It’s unfortunate, but true. Even though some people are stupid that doesn’t mean they can’t vote. That’s how democracy works. You get to have a say no matter how politically impaired your views or self-centered your goals.
Don’t worry. This is not a civics lesson about the powers of Congress. There is no point to that because our government is too far gone to resemble the Washington we learned about in school. As far as our Congress is concerned, the only measuring stick that matters is how many times and how hard lawmakers have dropped the ball.