On My Soapbox Here

I’m not really one to get into political talk… I may on occasion like someone’s Facebook post or respectfully share my opinion on one I don’t agree with… but I never post anything about it myself because I just don’t want to get into it… I can’t claim to be overly knowledgeable on the subject and I have no great plan for how things could be better… but it just seems there comes a time when someone should do something… but all we do is blame each other…

However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.

GEORGE WASHINGTON, Farewell Address, Sep. 17, 1796

That is exactly what it feels like is happening… parties are becoming more important than people… the general public vote for a party without even asking what is that person really doing to help America out… and now both parties are caring more about themselves than us… they readily suggest keeping payment from the military but they never consider perhaps reducing their own salaries… they shut down the government and tell everyone else to go home but they still have their job… why can’t we just tell them to go home… why aren’t we saying that we’ve had enough and that perhaps we need to wipe the slate clean and start over… if they actually were held accountable for their actions then perhaps we’d get a government they was willing to work a little harder and do a little more for their people…

Of course it’s easy for me to sit here and write this… knowing that I will doubtfully ever do anything to contribute to the change… wishing someone else with perhaps more power or more ambition will stand up and do something… but this is what I do… I write… and perhaps if there is someone willing to finally stand up for a real change in this government I would readily stand with them… but I admit to being scared to stand first…

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One thought on “On My Soapbox Here

  1. How the GOP can (maybe) now win this showdown…

    Okay so all except the most one-eyed conservative has to admit the reality that the GOP will be blamed by voters for the budget / gov’t shut down crisis. But an interesting thing may very well happen on the way to next month’s circus.

    The debt ceiling D-Day is just around the corner. In fact it’s so close that it now seems VERY probable that the budget / shut down crisis will not be resolved by mid Oct and THEN an interesting thing may happen – the budget / shut down / Obama-care crisis and the debt ceiling crisis will combine into one ENORMOUS crisis that revolves around both issues.

    This could be VERY interesting. Mainly because just as the public supports the Dems on the budget / shut down issue, they broadly support the GOP on the debt ceiling issue. So if the two fights turn into one BIG fight, who will the public end up supporting?

    It could be a hail-mary / gift from God situation that saves the GOP.

    Boehner has made it clear that he wanted to avoid the shut down confrontation in order to save his ammo for the debt ceiling crisis. And he may kinda sorta get what he wants now. The conservative wing of the GOP (I think that may be me) may then get what they really want – the opportunity to force changes to the ACA set-up with the FULL BACKING of the US electorate. Because the political conversation / vicious trench war will be about balancing our national kitty, we can make changes to Obama-care by making the simple argument that the US simply can’t afford the ACA. Because it is a financial reality and not an ideologically based argument, independent voters are much more likely to respond to it.

    With a bit of luck our gleefully anticipated thumping at the polls in the mid-term elections will then remain a Democrat pipe-dream and the ACA will be amended as we’d like.

    Maybe.

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