I listened to the second debate between presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama. In previous articles, I have mentioned how boring all the rhetoric is. This one went beyond that.
They babbled on and on ad nausea. Both went from the ridiculous to the sublime in stretching the truth, made promises they have no intention of keeping, waltzed around the podium fencing with the audience questions, fumbling and avoiding answering the questions asked. The moderator, Tom Brokaw, gave the worst performance I have heard from any moderator in any former debates.
I heard most of the debate, but did leave the TV room a couple of times. I never heard either candidate mention the word “freedom.” It seems to be a taboo word with both candidates. In the three days since the debate, a great deal in the news seems to reflect the disgust more and more Americans are feeling about both candidates.
The news since the debate is dominated by discussions over the organization known as “Acorn,” a group so far left and so far out in left field they have organized groups appearing at polling places, sending in registrations by the thousands with fraudulent names. Many are trying to register dead folks.
Much is being revealed about a staggering amount of money they receive from the government to fund their ill-conceived practices . . . tax-paid money funding their acts of fraud at the voting places in several states. In addition, there is news about claims of presidential front-runner, Barack Obama, and his connection with this organization and those operating it. If true, it’s another added area to his resume in relation to the shady un-American stance of the company he keeps. From where I sit, if the news is true about the activities of Acorn, it all sounds like a bowling ball size wrecking crew to derail the secret ballot box voting system.
Yesterday, I heard McCain state the right to vote is the most important right we have. To that I say, hogwash! The most important right we have is the right to be free and the right to private ownership of property.
I also heard on the news that the British were nationalizing their banks and that there is talk of doing the same in this country. And why not? The government already owns the printing machines that grind out the worthless fiat paper money at full speed—the medium of exchange that has no intrinsic value.
The economy is crashing over and Wall Street and all its crooks are sinking like a brick in a bathtub, except the ones who punched the holes in the sinking ship and like rats, took millions and some billions and left the sinking ship, then ran to appear before Congressional hearings. Hearings held by some of those in Congress who are part of the modus operandi, according to news reports.
Nevertheless, the average American like me doesn’t really know exactly what’s going on. We must take what we hear and don’t hear, piece it together with the results of the actions of the perpetrators to reach our own decisions about what is now taking place. Our lives and future may depend upon the conclusions we reach and the decisions we make at this time.
It’s a finger pointing blame game. Some say Wall Street, some say Washington, and they are both right, but added to that equation is the American people and the press. The American people voted into power those who serve themselves and not the American people. The possession of power for most in public life is an end in itself. The holiest of men arriving in Washington manipulate their servants and use their power to accomplish their goals.
By its very nature, the cost of achieving the seat of power is great. So few reach the political pinnacle without selling and promising that which they do not own, that which belongs to someone else. The system invites corruption. Those who finance the campaigns to place the politician in office expect patronage. They expect the elected to serve their interests. They expect a return on their investment in the electing of the politician through campaign speeches, interviews and debates. Politicians preach to “serve the public,” but their commitment is to themselves and the special interest groups that enabled them to reach their seat of power.
Once they reach the seat of power, the persona changes by the trappings of power. Their memory becomes so short that they forget they were not elected to be the masters but the servants of the people. They are pampered by obedient aids, cloaked by fawning servants. They ride in bulletproof limousines and have offices in a buildings with police officers at the door. They become so insulated from the voters that sent them there, their character and values are diminished by the power and position they now hold.
Ascending the pinnacle of power, they become far removed from their campaign actions of hand shaking, baby kissing and hugging prospective voters. The romance is over and those who expect something from them try desperately to reach them by letter writing, e-mails and phone calls. These representatives have been so seduced by power, they pay little attention to what the public wants and expects once elected.
The mainstream liberal press apologizes, explains and for the most part, goes along with the occupant in the seat of power. The wonderful power of freedom granted to the press is a double-edged sword. The printed and spoken word has power, and when reporting is slanted towards those elected politicians, it’s a case of the dog bites the flea and the flea bites the dog and they stay together. I do not wish to imply all media falls into this category, but many do. There are still some good investigative reporters around.
The point I wish to make is this: We are all in this together and the downward spiral towards socialism is the result of voters, candidates, and news media because freedom by definition is self-control and self-responsibility. The resulting loss of it came about because of the irresponsibility to one degree or another of all of us. We have heard all our lives, “the price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” We no longer stop, look and listen, but just mostly listen to what we are being told and promised. So here we are in the middle of a crisis of monumental proportions, initiating a great deal of fear in many American citizens, as homes, jobs and savings are lost.
Some are realizing that the central government they so depended upon to take care of them is compounding their problems by such things as a $700 billion bailout package, which only gives more control over one’s property (money) to the government and cannot be responsible for all the losses incurred by thousands in this great country. Any way you swing it, it all goes back to control and responsibility.
Do you have self-control and self-responsibility over your life, or does a political government?
We need to stop and take stock of ourselves, where we have been, where we are now, and where we are headed, and calmly make decisions about our lives that we believe to be in our best interest. Not upon what someone else thinks we should do or not do.
Carl Sagan, the astrophysicist, said, “One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It is simply too painful to acknowledge—even to ourselves—that we’ve been so credulous. So the old bamboozles tend to persist, as the new bamboozles arise.”
Let Freedom Ring!
P.S. If I were going to vote, I would write in Ron Paul. He understands economics and the Constitution.