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Am I a bad American?

Forgive me while I wax political for a moment but I really am sick of the way things are going.  There are times when I feel like I am a traitor to my country because I simply think we are past the point of no return.  Years ago Professor Alexander Tytler made a statement I believe we are living out now, “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.”

Both of our major parties have taken not to following a foundation of principles to make their decisions but to pandering to the largest groups of people.  According to the Tax foundation 50% of the US population pays 96.4% of all income tax.  Which means almost half of the country pays no income tax at all.  Imagine if you will when this number flips and more than 50% of the country does not pay any tax.  Who will the politicians pander to then; the non tax payers, at the expense of those paying for the ride.

But, I am almost to the point where I don’t think anything can save us, people are all to happy to violate principles of small government as long as they believe the end justifies the means, or they get the result they want.  Right now states are looking into how to save “victims” of sub-prime mortgages.  What makes these people victims?  Did someone hold a gun to their head while they signed the ten thousand pages it takes to close a loan?  Or did they simply not take the time to understand what they were getting themselves into?  It is not the people’s job or responsibility to protect everyone from their own actions.  If we continue to not allow people to suffer the ramifications of their actions they will never learn how to make proper decisions and will continue to need bailed out forever.

I am tired of working everyday to make a better life for my family only to have half of my money forcibly taken to support some congressman’s great ideas.  If you can’t find enough people to support it freely it probably isn’t such a great idea.

But again there is a part of me that wants to vote for Hillary because I believe she is the worst thing that could happen to our country and I just want to hurry the collapse along so we can get to the rebuilding and maybe we will get it right this time, or at least hold on the principles that made us great in the first place instead of throwing them out the window.

1 reply on “Am I a bad American?”

Interesting insight: The USA is not set up to be a true democracy – rather, we are a democratic republic. The funny thing is, many of our forefathers were fearful of even including the word democratic in the discussions of our type of government. Several wanted the emphasis of the Republic. Democracies can work when the people’s hearts are pure and they’re brains active. One of our core problems is that America is chock full of dumb brains and wicked hearts.

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