Government of the people, by the people, and for the people has perished in America

Sometimes distance provides perspective.  My travels meant that, rather than being enveloped by news as I usually am, I read it only intermittently, and often through the New York Times’ filter, since that was the only news to which I had access for many days at a time.  The few stories I was able to follow put me strongly in mind of the Gettysburg Address, and how far away from those principles our current government has come.  Some of this is directly attributable to the current Democrat presidency, and some is an unpleasant by-product of a bureaucracy that has taken on a life of its own, independent of its creators’ ideas and energies.

Lincoln’s genius was that he was able to reduce to the smallest number of words the revolutionary principles that drove the Founding Fathers, as expressed in both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution:  “We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Do we still have a government “of the people, by the people [and] for the people?”  No.  Our political and bureaucratic classes no longer believe that the people have anything to do with their continued existence (that is, they do not view themselves as parts of a government “by the people”); they do not believe that they have anything in common with the people whose lives they dictate (in other words, they are not part of a government “of the people”); and nothing they do benefits the people who are trapped in their web of laws and regulations (so that they are not part of a government “for the people”).

America has ceased to be a representative democracy and has, instead, become an oligarchy:  We, the People, are controlled by a proportionately small number of people who claim all entitlement to themselves and who, through laws, lawlessness, and unbridled bureaucracy (with a bureaucracy made up of people entirely beholden to the oligarchy for their continued well-being), control every aspect of our lives.  This oligarchy is separate from and unrelated to the constitutional, representative democracy Lincoln believed was the necessary underpinning for a nation “conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”

A handful of stories upon my return forcefully brought home the vast chasm that has formed between “we, the People” and those who no longer represent us but who, instead, simply govern us.

1.  The people have long loathed ObamaCare, and by a significant and unchanging percentage too.  Even the President’s water carriers are getting nervous.  Those charged with enforcing it against us will not use it for themselves, nor will those who imposed it upon us.  It is a product of the oligarchy, with the benefits, but not the burdens, flowing solely to the oligarchy.  It was imposed upon the People, not through a true democratic process, but through dirty political dealing.  This is neither government by the people nor for the people.

2.  Despite the stagnant economy, the high unemployment, the rise of part-time jobs (i.e., no living wage), the number of young people stuck at home, and the continuing bankruptcy of our country’s business and economy, our President and his family continue to live like Nero or Marie Antoinette.  The Nero analogy was most recently demonstrated with the story that Obama is golfing while the world burns down around us.  The Marie Antoinette analogy can be seen in the endless round of A-list partying and multi-millionaire style vacations the Obamas enjoy, using our money (White House facilities for parties, taxpayer-funded air transport and security for offsite pleasures), even as ordinary citizens struggling to make ends meet.  Obama, however, is worse than either Nero or Marie Antoinette, or any other analogous political figures (both historic and present day) who rob from the people to fund their lavish personal lifestyles.  This is because Obama is the only one of these figures who is — in theory, at least, an elected representative who is supposed to be only first among equals.  Obama’s grandiosity, however, shows that he no longer considers himself one of the people.  Worse, he is abetted in this historic break from a constitutional presidency by a ruling political and media class that has a vested economic and social interest in breaking with a constitutional republican democracy.

3.  The current government has abandoned the notion that government belongs to the people (“of, by, and for”) and holds, instead, the belief that the people and everything that they possess belong to the government.  Rep. Keith Ellison, a black, Muslim convert who is a darling of the Left, articulated this sentiment with startling clarity:  “The bottom line is we’re not broke, there’s plenty of money, it’s just the government doesn’t have it. . . . The government has a right, the government and the people of the United States have a right to run the programs of the United States. Health, welfare, housing – all these things.”  Government unions are a subset of this mindset.  In private industries, both management and the unions are negotiating with real money, real products, and real labor.  In the government sector, they negotiate with other people’s money regarding intangible products and services that are of dubious value.  (Think about the fact that California alone has more than 500 different agencies, a spectacular percentage of which are duplicative, and an even larger number of which do not serve the California taxpayers, but instead are directed at steering special interest groups into the government fold.)

4.  The bureaucracy has become an entity of itself.  It is no longer a subset of American government.  It is its own special interest group, and it advances its own agenda.  This fact can be attributed in significant part to government unions which, as noted above, sever government employees from the Peoples’ economic and practical needs.  Moreover, as the IRS scandal shows, the government bureaucracies no longer need political guidance to go after citizens who have the potential to disrupt their bureaucratic livelihood.  With little or no prompting from the political class, the bureaucracies abandoned their obligation to impose the law impartially and, instead, attacked what they perceived as threats.  If this seems familiar to you, you have only to think of innumerable science fiction books or movies (e.g., Terminator III), in which robots become sentient and turn on their human creators.

5.  Our next election is already predetermined.  Sadly, Myrna Adams makes the best argument for why Hillary Clinton will win in 2016 — and you’ll notice that none of her points have anything whatsoever to do with the will of the people or the state of America and the world, either now or in 2016.  Instead, Adams points to the political machinery which has broken down, with the dial perpetually set to “Democrat.”  Neither Hillary’s and her teams’ lack of any accomplishments to speak of nor the fact that Hillary herself is an undistinguished and inspiring human being will matter.  The oligarchy, made up of politicians, monied interests, government bureaucracies, media players, and academics, has spoken.  It’s Hillary’s turn now. After all, in 2008 and again in 2012, Obama was a candidate without accomplishments or, when off the teleprompter, charisma.  The robots — er, oligarchs . . . er, political class . . . er, media — anointed him and he won.  “We, the People” — our needs, desires, and existence — have become entirely expendable.

In the next election, democracy will be just as meaningful as it was in the old Soviet Union when 100% of the voters “freely” cast their votes for the Communist party candidate.  The Soviet Union was a nominal democracy in that the people “voted,” but it totally by-passed Lincoln’s requirement that a government worth saving must be “of the people, by the people, [and] for the people” in order to ensure that a nation “conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal” shall not “perish from the earth.”

 

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  1. Caped Crusader says

    Ayn got it right:
     
    When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion — when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing — when you see money flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors — when you see that men get richer by graft and pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you — when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice you may know that your society is doomed.”

    Ayn Rand

  2. SADIE says

    “You see, if you amount to anything in Washington these days, it is because you have been plucked or handpicked from an Ivy League school — Harvard, Yale, Kennedy School of Government — you’ve shown an aptitude to be a good Ivy League type, and so you’re plucked so-to-speak, and you are assigned success. You are assigned a certain role in government somewhere, and then your success is monitored and tracked, and you go where the pluckers and the handpickers can put you.”
     
    Rush Limbaugh, February 7, 1995
     
     
    It’s all been a ruse going back a hundred years. It’s like being told you’ve been adopted way too late in life and after some research you find out the people that adopted you are psychotic maniacs, who murdered your real parents. Knowing full well that something was amiss all those years, you go in search of siblings, rumored to be still living. Unfortunately, the siblings and you no longer have their youth to right the injustice of it all. 
     
     
    Isn’t that how we all arrived at Bookworm?

  3. Mike Devx says

    Caped Crusader nailed it with his Ayn Rand quote in #1.  
     
    Book, I know Ayn Rand is not exactly the most engaging author, but if you delved into Atlas Shrugged for its ideas, not its lyric beauty, I think you would be amazed at how prescient she was.  It is beyond eerie how all of the events, and all of the ‘government actors’ in that novel parallel what is happening to us today.  I was stunned when I re-read it three years ago, and I’ll bet, given three more years imder Obama, I will be even more stunned if I re-read it again today.
     
    Your post is quite pessimistic, and that’s probably a fair reading of thing as they sit today.  But we’re still more than a year from the mid-term elections in 2014.  The Tea Party was a shock wave that came out of nowhere in 2010, and maybe something will burst upon us in the next six months to change the scene again.
     
    But what your justified pessimism really points out to me is how worthless the GOP has become.  They should have their game on for 2014 and 2016, and all we’re getting instead is silly-assed sniping between Christie and Rand Paul, and internal warfare over illegal immigration between various GOP camps.  I don’t know if they’ve sold their souls to GOP special interests and are just playing us all for fools, or if they really are this completely incompetent.  (It’s really the same question we have about Obama: evil and deliberately destroying America,  or incompetent and merely accidentally destroying America?  How can you tell which is the truth?  About Obama or about the GOP?)
     
    As each month passes, my decision to abandon the GOP is settling more and more solidly into stone.  The “lesser of two evils” is certainly less evil than the current power bloc among the Democrats.  But if America is a house on fire, why should I vote between it burning down in one hour vs burning down in three?  Like the Obama straw-man, false dichotomy arguments, I don’t have to make that choice.  I’ll make a different choice.
     
    I now believe that even if Ronald Reagan, at his height, were in the GOP, things have gotten so bad that even he couldn’t save us from within the GOP.  We’re in too much trouble.  I’m done with Democrat vs GOP.  I’m ready and waiting for a new choice.
     
     

  4. SADIE says

    Mike: The link will enforce, what many of us have concluded over the past 5 years, both sides of the aisle are like the two equal sides of the same ass.
     
    RedState
    At the RedState Gathering in New Orleans on Friday, Sen. Ted Cruz called for a grassroots effort to persuade Republicans to eliminate funding for President Obama’s health care law. Or as he put it, the “biggest and the most important battle 113th Congress is going to face” — the battle to defund ObamaCare.

    The salient words that jumped off the page “persuade Republicans”. They should be tripping over one another in a rush to defund Obamacare. Has there been a single poll in which conservatives thought otherwise. No. And Hell No. Is McConnell or Boehner listening and the answer once again is No. And Hell No, they are not. The GOP went out of their way to diminish and demean The Tea Party. Chutzpah on steroids. The bastards wouldn’t even be dreaming of keeping control of the House (2014) or taking control of the Senate if it wasn’t for grass root movements. Cruz is calling for the minions to come and rescue them! They already control the purse strings. What did it buy?

  5. Charles Martel says

    Mike and Caped Crusader, your comments about “Atlas Shrugged” got me thinking about what would happen if millions of people went Galt. Given the state of surveillance technology and the hatred that impels the left, I don’t think there will be very many Galt’s Gulches we can retreat to. Pulling a Galt may have to take some other form, one whose shape I cannot yet discern.
     
    But say we do figure it out, would it make a difference to the fascist elites that are taking us over? I remember watching the 1984 remake of “1984,” the version starring Richard Burton and John Hurt. In one scene. Winston Smith (John Hurt) is riding out to the countryside on a train filled with young, brainwashed children. The train is incredibly decrepit—filthy, caked with rust, its cars sagging, and for all its loud huffing only managing to creep across the land. The passengers simply do not—cannot—see the train’s abysmal condition, just as they do not see how bad everyday life is in all other respects. Because the Party has destroyed the past, it has destroyed all the bases for comparing qualities of life.
     
    Our slide into despotism is going to be a weird amalgam of “Atlas Shrugged” and “1984.” Yes, many of us will go Galt, but the powers that be really won’t give a damn. As long as we are hidden and quiescent, they will most likely treat us the way the Party treated the proles in “1984:” with indifference. Also, as in”1984,” our educational system, thus our institutional memory, has been Zinn-ized to cut our youth off from their past: “America is at war with blacks, America has always been at war with blacks, America will always be at war with blacks.”
     
    The “Atlas Shrugged” portion of our slide will be the inability of the man on the street to do more than complain about conditions while lacking the means or motivation to understand why they are so bad. The 47 percenters who accept subservience to our new masters will not understand the question, “Who is John Galt?”

  6. Caped Crusader says

    Charles, the evil system can only work as long as it can keep all the balls it has in the air juggled. When it surpasses its ability to do so, it comes tumbling down and nothing can stop it, no matter if one “goes Galt” or not. Who in 1980 would have ever dreamed the USSR would literally fall into shambles of its own accord in that decade, and without a shot being fired. When printed money is worthless, and the slaves cannot be placated, it all crumbles. This is exactly what brought Hitler to power. We can only hope our military is loyal to the Constitution and the productive people, but this cannot be counted on if enough years transpire to allow for their corruption.

  7. Caped Crusader says

    As there is an official usher in the White House, there has been an usher at every step in the life of our leader. There has been someone saying, “Just step right this way, sir. Just do what we say, you don’t have to do anything else”, at every junction of his life. Anyone want to hazard a guess as to who first picked this Chauncey Gardner originally and enlisted and organized all the stream of ushers at every step of his life? I wonder if even the Clinton’s know, for they were blindsided by his arrival on the stage.

  8. Danny Lemieux says

    The problem with going Galt is that you surrender any hope of affecting the outcome. No matter where you hide, they will eventually come for you and you will have lost the ability to resist.
    There was an interesting comment I read (somewhere…was it here?) about the difference between the Cheyenne’s incredibly brave and elite dog soldiers and the Apaches. The Cheyenne met the threat head-on, staking themselves to the ground so that they would not surrender to the attackers. They died to the last man. The Apaches and Commanches would pick their battles very carefully, melting into the background when faced with overwhelming force, attacking only when they saw an advantage. Most of them lived and a few never surrendered. When they went to reservations, most went on their own terms.
    Some of us, at least, should be thinking about how to be like the Apaches.

  9. Charles Martel says

    Caped and Danny, you both are on to something. If we are to be Apaches—and in this case, extremely savvy and well-equipped Apaches—we have to know where to hit the white man in a way that hurts so bad it makes him think of withdrawing or overreacting. Now that’s an interesting realm of speculation: What actions would bring a feral federal government crashing down or make it show its hand so nakedly that even a Democrat might entertain a second thought about it?

  10. Caped Crusader says

    You all may be worrying too much about the future. Watching Fox News I just realized that when were are in mortal danger we can count on wimpy, pasty, pale, little metrosexual men such as Allen Colmes to rise up, vanquish, and mortify with extreme valor and hostility, any adversary that dare attack us! Stop laughing!

  11. says

    Unlike Ayn Rand’s fantasy world, there is no “Gulch” or whatever they called it where parasites can be refused entry.
     
    The only thing keeping other people from taking your daughters and your stuff, is force. That’s about it.

  12. says

    Perhaps people will come to realize and understand what Civil War really meant. For history will be brought to them in full 3d Virtual Reality. Whether they like it or not.
     
    They will be forced to face the issue of slavery, institutional and plantation based, whether they like it or not.
     
    Demoncracy, rule by and for demons, will be here, whether you like it or not.

  13. Mike Devx says

    I was never a fan of Galt’s Gulch, Ayn Rand’s utopia.  I’ve never read of *any* utopia that I trusted.  You can’t model a real civilized society on any of them.
     
    “Going Galt” then means giving up on living your life exactly as you wish to, in the sense of being as productive and rewarding as you can, because you expect to be rewarded rather than punished, exploited and used.  All the actors in Atlas Shrugged who went Galt essentially gave up on proactively reaching for their dreams, and settled into drab, humdrum lifestyles performing just barely enough to get by, so that they would no longer over-contribute to the society that was strangling them.  Walking away from your invetions and producing nothing; becoming a short-order cook, etc…
     
     
    obama calls it “giving your fair share”.  What he means is, those who produce the most, should pay the most.  They should, in fact, overpay, into his “system”.  Remember waht Pelosi said, that now those who were actively engaged in the arts would be allowed to produce all of their “art” for free, while being paid to produce it by the government.  But who would really pay for Pelosi’s carde of artists to live off of the government?  All the rest of us, that’s who.
     
    The gpvernment pays for all those who do not or cannot produce, and the government also removes all incentive for them to become productive.  The same is true for both Obama- and GOP- forms of corporate welfare.  Think “too big to fail” and how we’ve handled that.  When the moral risk of paying a price for failure is completely removed, people, companies and corporations make decisions no longer based on rationality.  The result is inevitable, and we see the effects increasing almost day-by-day around us.
     
    I believe in paying taxes to help the less-fortunate!  But I don’t believe in deliberately removing all risk of failure, of paying the price for failure.  Going too far in that direction doesn’t work, and we’ve gone too far.
     
    So, I don’t see a utopia where people can escape to, and I don’t think “going Galt” in the way we know if it will work either.  But there may be other forms of passive resistance, and non-violent demonstration, that will work to our benefit.  I think the GOP is broken, and I don’t think it can reinvent itself.  We’ll have to see what happens.

  14. Mike Travis says

    IMHO, there is more than ample evidence to demonstrate that Ovomit is INTENTIONALLY destroying America.  Yes he is individually incompetent in terms of managing a phone booth let alone the country.  But being incompetent does not mean he is not also evil with evil goals for America.
    As for paying for the less fortunate, there is nothing in the Constitution that gives the government to obligation or even the right to take money from us by force to care for others.  It used to be called charity, was the purview of churches which is where it belongs, so by forcing us to pay for them the government not only destroys any need for the “unfortunate” to develop self reliance, but they also reduce the need for those of us that are “fortunate” to learn charity which is very important.
    If we are going to return to being a Constitutional Republic, we MUST compel all governments to adhere to the Constitution as it was intended, and not allow them to interpret the Constitution as they deem to be in the interests of We the People which we all know is a lie anyway.

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