Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other. – Oscar Ameringer
This is one of those beautifully simplistic, yet absolutely true definitions that I love.
During these never-ending tax cut debates, it is worth remembering that Warren Buffet once said. According to Mr. Buffet, we could have a balanced federal budget anytime we want one. His solution is as simple as the definition above: No member of Congress is eligible for reelection if they are seated in a year when our budget has more than a 3% deficit.
Close to 50% of citizens refused to participate in the last election for the President of the United States. That is their right. But the cost, ever more apparent to the entire world, is not only painful, it is far more damaging than we can imagine.
Our right as citizens is one of the greatest gifts we have been given. To choose not to exercise our right to vote is the ultimate disrespect all of those whose sacrifices have given it to us. Choosing to not participate, even at the most basic level, in politics is what guarantees that we have the government we deserve.
Ostrichitis is the common disease of sticking one’s head in the sand to avoid seeing or dealing with unpleasant, ugly, or dangerous situations. It can be fatal if not treated. Hiding from the reality of the present political situation is one of the first symptoms.
Sometimes outrage is just a sign of getting our heads out of the sand. Never in my lifetime has there been a greater need to become aware and to become involved.
Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it. Least we forget, it only takes one match to start a conflagration that can burn through hundreds of thousands of acres of forest.
Less than 100 years ago the entire world was convulsed in one of the most terrible and costly wars in the history of the planet, all brought about by a megalomaniacal dictator who legally took the reigns of power in Germany.
Ignorance is not, and has never been, a virtue. Neither is lying. This is what is so disconcerting about the approval and election of #BLOTUS to the highest office of our nation.
The almost incomprehensible ignorance and the continuous torrent of unabashed lies of #BLOTUS boggles the mind and turns the stomach. I remember when the President of the United States could be both trusted and respected. It’s only been a month, but already seems like a different age.