“The teaching of politics is that the Government, which was set for protection and comfort of all good citizens, becomes the principal obstruction and nuisance with which we have to contend… The cheat and bully and malefactor we meet everywhere is the Government.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Emerson writes in his essay on politics that an ideal government, advocated for the growth of the individual and would be able to protect one’s individual rights. Once an individual became completely independent and self-reliant they would be ready for democracy and the government could be abolished. The richest asset one could have is the mind and the intelligence needed from each individual would triumph over politics and business interests. He also valued personal rights over property rights.
He tells us that “The law is only a memorandum.” and his most popular quote was “The less government we have the better.” Emerson had complete faith in the individual but he does a turn about on his views toward nations. He goes as far to write, “Every actual state is corrupt.” Political parties are “made out of necessity” out of the time period and not of any underlying theory. He was not satisfied with either party at the time and hinted to the natural inequality the system adhered to and its effects. Even back then he didn’t trust the pulpit and the press. This is from Essays: Second Series published in 1844.
Now fast forward to 2017 and hold on to your arse. Less government is certainly out of the question and there is very little trust for the press and the pulpit. Our government has become enormous. The thing that fascinates me is that we Americans put our trust in a group of people who steal from us (i.e. Social Security) and unless you have a rather large sum of money to invest in a campaign you aren’t going to get elected. The majority of most of these elections are won by the person who had the most money to spend. No, I didn’t say always I said most. The average John Q Public has no way to be successful in a bid for a US Senate seat or House of Representatives. The qualifications are easy enough.
Senate: 1) at least 30 years old 2) a U.S. citizen for at least 9 years at the time of election to the Senate 3) a resident of the state one is elected to represent in the Senate.
House of Representatives: 1) be at least 25 years old 2) have been a resident of the United States for the last 7 years 3) be (at the time of the election) an inhabitant of the state they represent.
Wow! We trust these people to do what is best for us? Not even a high school diploma or GED required. The real kicker, why would someone spend a million dollars to procure a job that pays one hundred seventy four thousand to two hundred thousand dollars a year?
“Every actual State is corrupt. Good men must not obey the laws too well.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
I don’t know what the future holds but I personally think trouble is on its way. We are a country that instead of taking a problem head on we just pass another useless law. Representatives that make promises and never follow through. Both parties promise the moon and deliver nothing. Both sides still refuse to acknowledge why the election of 2016 went the way it did. Fact is that Americans are fed up with the whole mess and demonstrated that in the voting booth and democrats and republicans still refuse to acknowledge it.
In my heart I truly believe the framers of the constitution tried their best to protect us from the greed of politicians. Greed however is hard for humans to overcome and very hard to defeat. The corruption within our government and political system iseventually going to be the death of a once great nation. It is been there a long time but it seems the new politicians are bolder than those before them or maybe they aren’t as smart as their predecessors, because they aren’t doing a very good job of hiding it.
I hope Americans remain awake and keep sending a message to politicians that we have had enough. They work for and represent us and it is time we quit keeping them in office when they don’t have our best interests in mind. Ok I will shut up now. I know I am beating a dead horse.
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. I really don’t like to write about this particular subject however I just needed to get it off my chest. I am tired of seeing my friends and family arguing over a bunch of thugs, yeah I called them thugs, that don’t give a rat’s patootie about them. Be sure to spread the love.