The Herd – Posted to MySpace May 21, 2008 at 10:56pm
How much of this country can we give away? All I am hearing during this presidential election cycle is “we’re gonna give you this” and “everyone should have that”.
First principles… America was founded on ‘freedom to’ not ‘freedom from’.
You have the freedom to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. You do NOT have the right to not be offended. You do NOT have the right to live without responsibilities. You do NOT have the right to make other people feel or share your pain. Hell, these aren’t even worthwhile aspirations. These are symptoms of the democratic disease.
When the founders of this country spoke of democracy it was with all the disdain they could muster. Democracy is weak and selfish. Democracy is the lynch mob. The few with loud voices can call a herd and guide it with their hate, greed, and envy all for their own sense of power and importance.Governance is a deliberative process. Knee-jerk reactions to the baying of the mob only ensure that many more of us will find ourselves kicked in the nethers by that same knee.
The representatives of the people can bring the causes and concerns of their constituents before their fellow legislators and debate the merits of the issues. However, where is the check on this feeding-frenzy? In the early days of this nation the Senate represented the interests of the individual states and provided a real check on the overgrowth of our federal government. To ensure that these senators represented their states, each state had the ability to determine how these senators were to be chosen. Some were selected by the state legislatures, some appointed by their governors, and yes, a few were directly elected.
However, after the civil war, the constitution was amended to force senators to be elected directly by the populations of their respective states. The result of this has been an exponential growth in the federal government as the states have had no advocate in the halls of congress. Both houses are now filled with the vainglorious and power-hungry who only advocate for their own reelection.
So, democracy is now the rule and not the nightmare. The public has figured out that they can vote for ‘freedom from’ instead of working with ‘freedom to’. They have voted themselves a trough from which they can feed and feed and feed. Forget that the meal has to be made by someone. Damn the ever shrinking number of cooks and farmers and all the rest that work to make the food. The herd has discovered that their feed is in the ballot box.