Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Ruling Class...

This is an excerpt from an article in American Spectator. It is a little lengthy, but an excellent analysis of the country at present and the forces that oppose freedom.

The ruling class's appetite for deference, power, and perks grows. The country class disrespects its rulers, wants to curtail their power and reduce their perks. The ruling class wears on its sleeve the view that the rest of Americans are racist, greedy, and above all stupid. The country class is ever more convinced that our rulers are corrupt, malevolent, and inept. The rulers want the ruled to shut up and obey. The ruled want self-governance. The clash between the two is about which side's vision of itself and of the other is right and which is wrong. Because each side -- especially the ruling class -- embodies its views on the issues, concessions by one side to another on any issue tend to discredit that side's view of itself. One side or the other will prevail. The clash is as sure and momentous as its outcome is unpredictable.

The "country class" are the millions of Americans who go to work, create jobs/wealth, pay taxes and otherwise make the country work. Without the support of these people, the ruling class is doomed. Unfortunately, the ruling class exists in both parties. While the Republicans will occasionally find a Reagan that believes in and supports freedom, he will be surrounded by others who disagree - who are eager to grow the government and their own interests.

In the 18th century, Patriots stood up to a distant government that ruled against the will of the people. They were raising taxes, passing onerous regulations, and constantly infringing on personal liberty. In short, England was not behaving responsibly. Is Washington in 2010 that much different? We have a Federal government suing Arizona for merely trying to stop the flood of illegal immigration that is bankrupting the state and is a source of increasingly violent crime. We have a POTUS destroying the oil industry in the Gulf by Presidential decree, even after the courts have struck down previous attempts at this gross overreach. We have an unconstitutional takeover of health care and nationalization of automobile manufacturers. Is this what our Founders imagined when they declared their independence and formed this nation?

This next election is an important step to bringing sanity back to Washington and reinstating our Founding Father's correct notion of limited government. Let's make it happen.

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