Corrupt politicians are not the ones who do the most damage. Sure, they undermine our confidence in government and stir up lots of anger and resentment, but once we root them out and the gears of justice start cranking we get rid of them. It’s not like we haven’t had lots of practice.
Who plans to grow up to be an everyday, average American? This country has always looked down on average, or at least we did until the word stopped meaning what it sounds like. That’s because politicians lowered the bar on average so they can claim that more Americans need help. The new goal for many Americans, like the workers engaged in the Fight for 15, is staying below average and using the government to get by.
Revamping America’s marijuana laws is a Tea Party cause made in heaven. With conservatives trying to get ahead of liberal public opinion and election season, legal weed is an issue compatible with even the most extreme right-wing principles. We just need to get over one nagging detail.
Hopeless legislative stalemate happens when lawmakers don’t do their jobs. When they are too indebted to their big money backers or too obsessed with personal agendas and vendettas to perform their task of managing government, government fails. That’s when the courts step in.
I have two ideas to explain why progressives in high places rarely deliver what they promise. The cynic in me likes to think they are out for themselves. They back liberal causes because they believe they are the path to fame and fortune. The other, slightly less negative cynic is convinced that some do-gooders really plan to help their sacred cows. They don’t know how to go about it, though, because their preconceptions are false. On the domestic front telling people they can’t help themselves doesn’t work any better than basing foreign policy on the hope that other nations will be more like us just because we wish it.
It is astounding how quickly the stupidity over “religious freedom” laws became a rallying cry for both sides of the LGBT divide. What was even more surprising is the deer in the headlights reaction from governors and state legislators who should have known better than to try to pass laws that invoke religious freedom in a way guaranteed to create controversy. The sad part is that all of this was avoidable and could have been used to support free enterprise. Instead, fools opened their mouths and the wrong words came out.
If you are sending more money to the IRS this month and feel anything but anger and hatred towards the evildoers in Washington who skimmed your paycheck all year and still want more, you are one of two things. You are either a tax cheat who really should be paying more or you are a moron. While it’s tempting to put Democrats in that last group, even they can’t be so hopelessly lost as to not feel a twinge of resentment when the tax code forces them to live up to their ideals. Most of us know theft is wrong, even when it’s legal and we voted for it.
When the allied coalition landed in Normandy on D-Day the casualties were appalling, but the West had made a decision. Germany had to be stopped. Violent aggression was intolerable and we ended it. Can we say the same thing about Muslims in the Middle East, North Africa, and elsewhere? Do they have the courage to die by the thousands to put an end to Islamic aggression that threatens the world, or do they prefer to play games that have a very different payoff and will never put a stop to the bloodshed?
Presidential candidates should campaign with paper bags over their heads. When the election is over the winner can pull the bag off so we can see who we voted for. Why? To stop voters from casting ballots because of hype and overblown expectations.
It is easy to blame Obama’s deplorably bad leadership for the global deterioration of U.S. foreign policy, but the truth is he is only partially responsible for the mess we are in. That doesn’t mean he hasn’t made long-standing threats worse. His dangerous, single-minded determination to change America’s role from the leader in world affairs to a community member has hurt us. So has a history of stupid foreign policy mistakes that will be with us for a very long time.
Don’t blame the likes of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson for what liberalism is doing to America. At best they are has-beens and puppets for the real agitators, the ones with the power to persuade, to divide, and to force the country to follow their dictates. These troublemakers are in the nation’s face every day. Think Obama. Think Holder. Think Lynch, if her approval ever gets past the Senate.