As you prepare to go to the polls to vote tomorrow (you ARE voting right?) there are a few things you need to remember. Regardless of race, creed, sex, religion, political affiliation or which NFL team you support, you have a responsibility to vote. Notwithstanding all the itching and moaning about the ineptitude of those we elect, sadly, the cliche of being part of the solution or part of the problem is never clearer than on Election Day.
It is important to remember that we must hold our elected officials responsible for what they do, and for what they don’t do in office. We live in a constitutional Republic. We elect representatives to serve and protect OUR best interests.
Before I share some amusing axioms with you, permit me this cautionary advice. I am sure that elsewhere in the country you face challenges similar to some of our California dilemmas with candidates. I urge you to vote with your heads and not with your hearts or gut. There are consequences to our actions (and inactions). It is a virtual certainty you can and will find “something” about almost any candidate to annoy, offend, and irritate you. A candidate who may only satisfy 80 percent of your demanding standards should not be thrown out or ignored because of their inability to rise to your need for perfection. There are consequences to your actions.
Here in California a group of conservative republicans are annoyed with Attorney General Dan Lungren and his candidacy for governor. The common complaints are he is arrogant, he is backwards on 2nd amendment issues, and he authored asset forfeiture legislation when in Congress. HOWEVER, the alternative (and the consequence of not supporting Lungren) will result in a very liberal Democrat winning the governorship, and subsequently co-conspiring with a very liberal state Senate leader, and an even more liberal state Assembly speaker. A troika of state leadership comprised of very liberal idealogues will hurt not only California state politics, but also significantly impact on the balance of power in Congress. California redistricted in the wake of the 2000 census WILL affect who does or does not control Congress. Judicial appointments will affect not only California but national trends. Folks, there ARE consequences to your actions. PLEASE, take your responsibility to vote tomorrow very seriously. It WILL have an impact on what happens to you and your family for years to come. Remember, there are consequences to your actions.
First off, we do NOT live in a democracy … and, we shouldn’t want to live in a democracy. Notwithstanding the false, ignorant, myopia of elected officials who claim this and that in the name of a system the founders specifically sought to avoid, we the people live in a constitutional republic. Or at least that’s what the framers intended.
Democracy prescribes majority rule. Well wait a minute, isn’t that what we have? NO! However, as a function of cowardice, lack of integrity, and a loss of principles, we the people are regressing into a democracy … and that’s bad.
I don’t know who originally wrote the following list, but consider it as a primer for Economic and Political Theory 101:
Pure democracy is when you have two cows. Your neighbors decide who gets the milk.
Representative democracy is when you have two cows. Your neighbors pick someone to tell you who gets the milk.
Feudalism is when you have two cows, and your lord takes some of the milk.
Pure socialism is when you have two cows and the government takes them and puts them in a barn with everyone else’s cows. You have to take care of all the cows. The government gives you as much milk as you need.
Bureaucratic socialism is when you have two cows and the government takes them and puts them in barn with everyone else’s cows. They are cared for by ex-chicken farmers. You have to take care of the chickens the government took from the chicken farmers. The government gives you as much milk and eggs as the regulations say you should need.
Fascism is when you have two cows and the government takes both. The government hires you to take care of them, and sells the you the milk.
Pure communism is when you have two cows. Your neighbors help you take care of them and you all share the milk.
Russian communism is when you have two cows. You have to take care of them, but the government takes all the milk.
Cambodian communism is when you have two cows. The government takes both and shoots you.
Dictatorship is when you have two cows. The government takes both and drafts you.
Bureaucracy is when you have two cows. At first the government regulates what you can feed them and when you can milk them. Then it pays you not to milk them. Then it takes both, shoots one, milks the other and pours the milk down the drain. Then it requires you to fill out forms accounting for the missing cows.
Pure anarchy is when you have two cows. Either you sell the milk at a fair price or your neighbors try to take the cows and kill you.
Libertarian form is when you have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull.
Surrealism is when you have two giraffes. The government requires you to take harmonica lessons.
Last week I quoted Thomas Jefferson: “Our rulers will become corrupt, our people careless.” He was right then, and his words seem even more appropriate now. Remember, there are consequences to your actions … sometimes even harmonica lessons.