Having written Commentary for the Journal these past months, as well as a blog for over a year, I am surprised by lack of rebuttal. Don’t get me wrong, I receive lots of favorable praises, but very little real dissent. I could count rebuttals on one hand, most of it coming from a young nephew pulling my tail.
I am not so naïve to believe that nearly everyone is in agreement with me. Frankly, as a writer, it is easier to write scathing commentary about what someone else is doing, or not doing, than it is to write a pleasing story that is entertaining and liked by many. I’ve always gotten more comments from non-political commentaries, and posts on Face Book, than anything ever written about politics.
I appreciate the reason to avoid political conflicts. It’s generally not pleasant to challenge people. Additionally, with the twenty-four-hour news cycles there is so much political discourse that it is exhausting trying to stay current. Who wants all those negative vibes floating around, or being upset with your neighbor because she sees something differently than you? Who wants to track all of that and try to make sense out of what some politician is trying to do now? And who has the time to follow it?
The simple answer, if you are part of the minority actually paying taxes, then you should be very aware. Everything the government is doing is on your dime. The government cannot create wealth, it can only take from others. They use your tax money to make decisions that benefits others that does not necessarily include you. It was not supposed to be that way.
If you drew from your savings and loaned your brother-in-law a large amount of money, with the understanding it would be repaid in short order, would you be worried if you hadn’t heard from him in months? Or that he borrowed it to avoid his family being evicted, but went to Hawaii instead? If your home was broken into, and someone had stolen your valuables, would you be concerned? Would you file a police report and hound the constabularies thereafter? Would you follow up to see if your items had been recovered? Bet you would.
Now, consider that every week your employer takes a large percentage of your paycheck and sends it to the government to do with as they see fit. Understandably, some of that is for the roads you drive on, sidewalks, fire, police, etc. And we should ALL be paying for those services.
But the internet and newspapers are rife with other examples of how our hard-earned money is wasted or sent to countries that don’t like us. Congressman, and even the President use our money as if it comes from their personal checkbook. Remember recently when President Obama sent pallets of cash, yes cash! totaling $1.7 billion of our money to Iraq, just before pushing through the worst nuclear agreement in US history? And he didn’t ask anybody!
My point is…yes, politics can be unpleasant, particularly recently. And all too often, the person has an ideology that matches his wallet. But in my observance, there are two great quotes made in history that should be kept in mind:
African-American Economist Thomas Sowell stated: “I have never understood why it is "greed" to want to keep the money you have earned but not greed to want to take somebody else's money.”
Then there was British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher that said: “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.”
Those statements match my wallet – I want to keep my money, or at least have more say in where it goes.
Boiled down to the basics, liberalism is a form of socialism, although most would never admit it. Most Democrats are liberal. They want to control your money. Most Republicans want your money too – just less of it, but they won’t admit it.
And you know what – I don’t think most of them can spend our money any better than most of us. In my mind, there is no difference between my brother-in-law owing me money, theft from my home, or being told I must send “X” amount of money to the government, where creatures like Lois Lerner (IRS), Nancy Pelosi (House), or Mitch McConnell (Senate) control all that money collected from us. This is where you envision the three of them on a bed headily throwing cash in the air.
Folks, just because you aren’t interested in the government doesn’t mean they aren’t interested in you.