View Full Version : Alternatives to Hypocritical Politics

dr. hfn
08-15-2009, 01:18 AM
Albert Einstein once said, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results." This quote is the best explanation for modern day politics. The Democratic and Republican parties have monopolized our present day government while the citizens of the United States go at each other's throats day in and day out.

As we see a new president from the opposing party get into office after 4 to 8 years of failure, broken promises, and distrust, we fail to see any real "change". Both parties are blinded by their hypocritical ideologies; Democrats base their platform on opposing unconstitutional wars, supporting personal freedoms such as women rights and gay rights, separation of church and state, and claim to oppose unconstitutional bills such as the so-called "Patriot Act". While they make a strong front for personal freedoms, they are anything but strong for economic freedom for individuals while imposing increasingly progressive taxes and the belief that "wealth redistribution" is noble. French political philosopher Frederic Bastiat said it best: "The state is the great fiction by which everybody tries to live at the expense of everybody else."

On the other hand, Republicans claim to base their platform on economic liberty while failing to be proponents of individual liberty. Rather than operating as a principled political organization, the Republican Party has turned into to an overgrown club for the nation's evangelicals who look to infest the globe with military presence without considering repercussions or blowback of their actions. Both parties are outright hypocritical and do not realize that economic freedom and individual freedom are one in the same. After President Clinton policed U.S. troops around the world during his tenure, President Bush based his 2000 campaign on a non-interventionist foreign policy. He said "I am not so sure the role of the U.S. should be to go to other nations and tell them to "do it this way". Well, we saw how sincere he was about that. While the Republican Party claims to be a party that supports "low taxes and small government", the Dept. of Education doubled in size, the leviathan Dept. of Homeland Security was created, government Medical programs greatly expanded, Federal spending increased faster than in 30 years, the national debt increased more than under any President in American history, and a $700,000,000,000 "bailout" was passed with a Republican controlled Presidency. How can you be a party of low taxes and small government when you take action that results in the exact opposite?

On the same note; Democrats love to point out the loss of liberties Americans have endured under the "conservative" Bush. But the same Democrats voted into office are the same people that unanimously gave President Bush the power to do "whatever he deemed necessary" his entire term. Obama's Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel even has an outline of a mandatory youth service corps for Americans between the age of 18 and 25 which is just a step closer towards a national draft and slavery to the state. We must remember that "the government is not our master, but is our servant," and oppose anything relatively similar to a military draft.

There might be a difference in the two parties' supporters, but is there actually a big difference in who the supporters vote for? All the while, these two parties continue to fail America by continuing a failed war on drugs, increasing national debt with deranged government spending, increasing military presence overseas, and enlarging the size of our bureaucracy, while restricting personal freedom and taking our country further and further away from our Founding Father's ideals, the third largest party in the United States is not even mentioned; the Libertarian Party. Republicans and Democrats alike have claimed that our current financial crisis came out of nowhere and could not have been prevented. While Bush Republicans come up with excuse after excuse for the failure of our economy, Democrats find it a perfect time to attack the evil "Free Market" and try to convince the American people that Socialism can save us. The truth is that these current financial woes have nothing to do with the "free market"; it is impossible considering the fact that we have not even actually had a free market in decades, probably not since the Federal Reserve arrived in 1913. The media and politicians fail to mention where the root of this disaster actually came from. You rarely hear that the policies of the FED were actually the catalyst to our economic troubles that we now face.