March 03, 2010

The Kind Of Leadership We Need...

...can't be found in Washington, DC.

People always want something for nothing, and politicians, being the craven creatures they are, always try to provide it even when their actions create crushing debt on future generations. They trade long-term prosperity for temporary power, and the political class we've been cursed with has abused the system's holding capacity for such incompetencies to its quite generous limits.

We live in a time where we see states and entire nations on the verge of bankruptcy, and yet the people who have caused this problem think the proper response is not just to continue a pattern of chronic spending abuse, but to make it worse. They'll go so far as to completely ignore the pleas of those they swore to serve, threatening the solvency of the very union they should protect and defend with their lives.

As others have noted, it's all about ego for a generation of elected representatives that has convinced themselves they are something akin to a ruling class. November cannot come fast enough.

We must purge ourselves of those politicians that revel in their own sense of importance and believe that they, not the American people, are the source of this nation's greatness.

We've suffered these condescending fools and their scheming for too long. We can only hope they don't cause irreparable damage before they are dragged or driven out.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at March 3, 2010 12:03 PM

The only way for this to happen is to have a true conservatively fiscal party. Unfortunately neither of the two parties we have are so this will likely not change.

Posted by: AlvinM at March 3, 2010 12:19 PM

"We must purge ourselves of those politicians that revel in their own sense of importance and believe that they, not the American people, are the source of this nation's greatness."

Exactly. And those politicians are called: Democrats and Republicans. Anyone who continues to vote for, or in any way support, the Democratic and Republican Parties and their candidates for office does nothing but reproduce the the tyranny of the two-party state and the duopoly system of government. Freedom and independence begins with freedom and independence from Democratic-Republican Party government.

Posted by: d.eris at March 3, 2010 04:14 PM

I second both of the above comments. Unfortunately both parties have rigged the system so thoroughly that it's almost impossible for a third party to break through. I think our best option would be to go to a parliamentary system with proportional representation, like every other democracy in the world has except us. That would take a hell of an effort and our ruling political class would fight tooth and nail every step of the way.

Posted by: Will Butler at March 3, 2010 07:43 PM

Ditto. Well said, CY. Perhaps we should have term limits.

Posted by: Daithi at March 3, 2010 08:35 PM

First 3 comments are bull, and you can bet the media and democrats will be banging that same "no difference between the parties" line to help the Democrats. But the difference is clear and stark - who voted for the stimulus bill, who voted for cap and tax, who voted for government run health care? All democrats with a RINO here and there.

Posted by: Jayne at March 3, 2010 09:32 PM every other democracy in the world has except us.

Except we're not a democracy. We're a republic.

The founders warned against the dangers of a democracy and also warned against the very system we have today; one where a "ruling class" of politicians seeks wealth and power at the expense of the citizenry.

Agreed, this is not about Democrat vs. Republican. It is about getting back to the basics of the smallest government with the least intrusion on the lives of citizens. At this point in our nation's decline, I question whether such a fundamental change is possible.

Posted by: Just Sayin' at March 3, 2010 10:47 PM

Please research your cause and effect. You seem to imply that the current economic crisis is the result of Democrats. True, it is the result of spending, but it is the result of spending on two wars without an increase in taxation (required to fund wars), and tax decreases for the people that should be footing more of the bill, to name a few of the causes.

The Democrats' failure was placing too many conservative on the tickets, thus creating an ultra-fractious Congress. A third and fourth party would probably be a good idea. I'll go left, you go right.

Posted by: Steve Schwab at March 5, 2010 07:59 AM