I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers, and it was not there; in her fertile fields and boundless prairies, and it was not there; in her rich mines and her vast world commerce, and it was not there. Not until I went to the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”

- de Tocqueville 1831

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Does it Matter? Part 1

Sunday in priesthood meeting I gave my blog url to one of my friends. He said he would read it but warned me that he hated politics. He further explained that everyone has their opinion on what is best - smaller government or larger government - and that you can't change a person's mind. I understand the sentiment; I really do. It scares me that he might be right.

Barack Obama was elected by an ignorant electorate who was looking for government to take care of them. As I have tried to explain in a previous post, government cannot take care of us. The cost monetarily and the restrictions on our freedom are too great. If we cannot educate the populace, we cannot bring people to the understanding that we have elected tyrants that will seize the day by capitalizing on giving us what we think we want. We the people have always been fickle when it comes to who we put in office. For the longest time, the electorate could be broken down into thirds; one-third who would vote Republican, one-third voting Democrat and the final third would decide the outcome. This was especially true in this last general election. The Republicans, having betrayed the values of President Reagan (smaller government and fiscal responsibility), have begun a rift that is threatening to shatter its political base. The group polled as independent has grown while both republican and democratic parties have shrunk. I am concerned that this splintering effect will further give political power to a plurality of people that will once again vote themselves other people's money and will give up freedom for comfort and security. My question to you, the three people who read my ramblings, is: Does it Matter?

Does it matter that we have put a man in executive office that has no regard for the law? When restructuring Chrysler to sell to Fiat, the Obama administration helped put together a deal that would pay the union members a higher percentage of the sale price than those of the secured bond holders (you know, the guys who paid extra to ensure they would be first in line if the company should go bankrupt, which it did). This was in direct violation of bankruptcy law. When the court case was passed to the Supreme Court, rather than work to change the deal, the Obama administration wrote a letter to the Supreme Court asking them not to hear the case. What scares me is that somehow that letter was heeded. Another example of Obama's wanton disregard of the law is when he fired Inspector General Gerald Walpin. Most presidential political appointments serve at the behest of the president, but there is a law when it comes to inspector generals that the president has to give sixty days notice and give cause to congress before said firing. One might give Obama the excuse that he or anyone of his staff didn't know of this particular law. The only problem is that he co-sponsored this law in his short stint as a senator. Instead of working within the confines of the law, the Obama administration went out of their way to smear the good name of Gerald Walpin, accusing him of being senile. But why, oh why, is congress not doing their job and stopping this egregious use of power.

Does it matter that a growing number of Americans, to include myself, feel disenfranchised and powerless? Conservatives are not prone to demonstrations. We don't make a living hanging out in the streets as protesters. We're usually not that good at it. You would think that the media, congress and the President would stand up and take notice when the "Tea Parties" sprung up from grass roots conservative efforts. The main stream media cast aspersions on the party attendees, the congress ignored them and the President said he didn't know what was happening. Isn't it telling that much smaller protests get results when people want congress to do something (in most cases spending money or forcing other people to spend their money) but when we protest for congress to NOT do something, like not spending money, they ignore us and call us radical.

I ask in all sincerity, What do we do?


Angela said...

Answer: Keep at it! People are starting to see what's going on.(Glenn Beck's Common Sense is #1 everywhere!) Even if they don't, I'm not going down without a fight.

Kerri said...

Angela, you're one of Roc's greatest cheerleaders. Well, after me. If not for being married to him, I'd probably be lost in the political world, unable to comprehend the stupidity.

rocslinger said...

Angela, Thank you it's so easy for me to get down but like you indicate there's more than us who get it.

Anonymous said...

Personally, I enjoy your blog and point of view. Keep writing and sharing your thoughts!

I'll be stopping back to keep up.

JustRandi said...

You sound like a fan of my cbff Glenn Beck!
See? I knew we could be friends.

Just wanted to check in and see if you're still alive and blogging!