Elections matter. A Presidential election in the world’s only super power matters a lot, and in the last four elections, “We the People” to the extent that we actually have any control over elections, have gotten it wrong. The sixteen years of the Bush and Obama Presidencies will go down as the worst since the years surrounding the Civil War and we will be paying for their mistakes for generations.
Over the last 14 years, the number of things you can do without permission from the federal government has all but vanished, along with our paychecks. The government’s knee jerk reaction to every problem is another federal agency with more “higher ups” to protect control us. Bush’s 3 going on 5 trillion dollar war against a country that hadn’t attacked us will turn out to be a bargain compared to the creation of the Department of Homeland Security.
Forty years or so ago, Archie Bunker suggested that the best way to prevent aircraft hijackings was to give every passenger a gun as they got on the plane. Giving everyone a gun would be about as irresponsible as requiring everybody to vote, but if we allowed qualified and vetted passengers to carry weapons on airplanes and left the cockpit doors open, we wouldn’t have needed a new behemoth federal department.
The only 911 attack that was foiled, was foiled by passengers, not the TSA or any other law enforcement or government entity. The shoe bomber and the underwear bomber were both foiled by passengers. Still, Bush’s reaction to the attacks was to create a whole new layer of bureaucracy to keep us safe, lock the passengers out of the cockpit and enable the first, second and third disgruntled co-pilots that came along to fly planes full of people into two oceans and the side of a mountain.
By the time Bush followed the Iraq War and Homeland Security up with TARP, “Change” couldn’t help but win the next election and that got us Stimulus, Obama Care and the most unstable Middle East in modern history with a nuclear armed Iran in the middle of it. History has shown us again and again that governments do not possess immunity from the consequences of irresponsibility.
This time the scale of the consequences threaten the entire country and conceivably civilization itself. The question of who will next occupy the White House is more serious than at any other time in history. The fact that Hillary Clinton is considered to be a viable option is scary. The fact that people like Rand Paul and Ted Cruz have a chance is reason for hope.
March 27, 2015