Originally Posted by Josey
Instead of change how about a return to our original foundation with a few modern tweaks to some new problems. I’d vote Democrat myself on that platform even if it was a lie, at least that would be a start in people realizing we can’t live in full anarchy.
A return to real freedom where you’re allowed to be anyway you like, but you’ll not necessarily be recognized officially.
Sounds Libertarian, to me. Which is the stand I take on most issues. The government should have power over certain aspects of the nation, such as the military and foreign diplomacy, but they should not have power over private entities. Unless, of course, they are simply enforcing anti-trust laws in order to maintain a fair and competitive market. A competitive market breeds innovation and subsequently, new and better products. A market in which a few lines of product are dominated by single industries becomes stagnant, consumer satisfaction breaks down, and quality suffers.
The government should fear the people, the people should NOT fear the government. And unfortunately, with all of the social programs we have available to us, the people have become dependent on the government to get by. When the people become dependent on the government to make a living, they become dependent on programs which are supported ultimately by the working class (taxpayers like many of us here). If the working class continues to be squeezed, these social programs will dry up and the economy will collapse and we will be left with a nation of people who have no skills in anything practical, and who cannot rebuild the nation.
It is up to us to fight this. We've no one else to blame but ourselves, our parents, and our grandparents for allowing it to come to this. Of course, this does not apply to everyone. My grandfather worked in the steel mills all through the 50s to the 90s to support his family. He may have been union, I am not sure... In that case, I am not afraid to label him as a contributing factor to the current state of our government. Unions generally vote democratic, they vote for more entitlements and more benefits with higher wages which strain the companies they work for. They voted for the tax increases, the social programs, and the regulations on industry.
I took a philosophy class in the spring, and it really opened my eyes to just how deceitful politicians can be. How they can twist words, use fallacious logic, and spit out vague and ambiguous terminology, and the people will simply gobble it up. They will take those words, those generic words, and twist them until they mean what is most positive to them and what matters most to them. If people would just think...
"How would you like a new vehicle?" Can anyone tell me what could be deceitful about that? What it could REALLY mean? I can think of a few words that are deceitful and could use clarification. Most people would jump on that and say "Oh, that would be great!" but people who think about it would see that line of thought and understand that it could get them in a heap of trouble.