ELDER PATRIOT – History has shown us that a one-party political system presents a grave threat to the individual freedoms that our Constitution was written to protect. Anyone with a shred of intelligence and only a passing knowledge of the world’s political systems knows that populations living under such rule invariably have more restricted and poorer lives. But, how much better off are the populations living under two-party systems?
The quick answer is a lot better. However, because power is consolidated amongst only 537 elected leaders in the United States, the potential for corruption is great. Worse, when these 537 people divide themselves into only two parties the potential for collusion between the leadership of both parties makes corruption more likely, perhaps inevitable. Unfortunately, this is what the political system has now devolved into in the United States.
Once there was a vibrant Left-Right paradigm where those favoring big government opposed those that believed in the benefits of maintaining a limited government.
This was, and remains, the most fundamental difference in political ideologies. As late as 1980 Ronald Reagan won two presidential elections in landslides running against big government.
Since Reagan left office in 1989 we have had a succession of indistinguishable big government and bigger government presidents from both parties putting to rest the notion that the Left-Right paradigm that today’s candidates campaign on still exists. The current crop of Republican in-house candidates have nothing in their past to suggest that they are any different with the possible exceptions of Ted Cruz and Scott Walker.
The mainstream media does its best to perpetuate the myth of an ideologically divided political climate in Washington that is being caused by an entrenched Conservatives but the numbers tell a different story.
On issues of importance to conservative voters they can depend on 47 Republican Representatives to vote in their favor less than 50% of the time. An additional 40 House Members support conservative issues no greater than 60% of the time. Ultimately, over 35% of the votes of the Republican delegation are fully in play when the Democrats need support to advance their agenda.
Contrast that with House Democrats who have only one member of their caucus that votes against runaway government growth more than 29% of the time.
The numbers are even worse in the Senate where over 48% of the Republican caucus can be relied upon to vote against the big government agenda of the Democrats less than 60% of the time. Meanwhile, Democrats vote to support the U.S. taxpayer less than 23% of the time.
Clearly, the traditional Left-Right paradigm no longer exists, only an ever-growing big government paradigm that members of both political parties feed, and feed off, together while plunging the people deeper and deeper into debt.
Jefferson warned us of the evil that would befall us if we allowed this:
“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around(these banks) will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.”
As Jefferson’s prophecy comes to fruition before our eyes both political parties continue doing their business as usual; continued government borrowing to the benefit of the banks and to the further indebtedness of the people and their progeny. Any objective view of today’s political landscape would have to conclude that our government is now being running to benefit the bankers exclusively.
For their part, Republican leadership led by John Boehner and Mitch McConnell have used the tools available to them to punish those who don’t cooperate by acquiescing to their big-government agenda when it’s time to vote. The surest path to the loss of party rank and the committee assignments that rank brings is to cross leadership.
Donald Trump’s ascending political challenge to the Republican Party’s powerbase threatens their standing with the bankers who enrich them and threatens to shatter the Republican Party’s seat at the table of international powerbrokers whose only goal is to get fat at the expense of the U.S. taxpayer.
Trump has too much of his own money to be bought or bribed. His personality is as large as Bill Clinton’s making past indiscretions useless against him rendering their usual tools for the destruction of a candidate impotent. Their gravy train is so threatened by Trump’s independence that CNN reports the Republican National Committee has set up a war room to undermine him whenever and wherever possible.
It’s this possibility of destroying the existing Republican powerbase that makes Trump the lone Republican candidate with the potential to benefit the people of the United States for the long run by returning the Republican Party to its small government roots.