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Smugness Galore

I don’t know about you, but I’ve found myself fighting melancholy over the past couple weeks. Melancholy has not won the battle, but it has subdued me upon occasion as I tackle my daily tasks.

The last time I would have felt such melancholy was during Jimmy Carter’s abysmal stay in the White House. Fortunately, I was young and stupid and didn’t connect the dots. Reagan lifted everyone’s spirits (except perhaps for Bruce Springsteen’s, who didn’t like his song “Born in the USA” co-opted by Reagan’s re-election team.) George H W Bush may be remembered as our last great statesman President. He is the whole package; student-athlete, war hero, successful entrepreneur in the oil patch, and dedicated public servant. He followed Reagan. John Major had the misfortune of following Thatcher. Timing is everything. Following an icon is what I call bad timing.

Clinton was the human equivalent of a tsunami. He entered a room like a wave and his personality enveloped most people. He was smart and could charm the shell off a turtle. The problem was that he often would do just that, and then wonder why he ended up holding a smelly turtle shell. He lost sight of the end game. Tiger comes to mind on that front, but that sod has been amply trod.

George W Bush was guided less by polls than any President in our lifetime. He did what he thought was right to protect the United States. He has become the democrat poster child for all that is wrong in America. Our voters are funny people. On one hand, they seem wholly oblivious to the nuances, intricacies, and complexities confronting our country. Then again, over time, the American people always seem to be able to smell a rat. The longer the democrat leadership tries to blame W for its own failings, the more the people will begin to smell that rat.

I guess what really bugs me about the last couple weeks is the sheer arrogance exhibited by democrat leadership following the President’s signing the bloated health care bill into law. From Joe Biden’s “this is a big f___ing deal” to Congressman Dingell’s glee over health care’s colossal step toward total “control (of) the people”, we have seen and heard nothing but SMUGNESS GALORE from the President, Speaker Pelosi, and Majority leader Reid. They talk of the health care bill as a “VICTORY”. Opine Needles would like to know exactly whom did they CONQUER?! Yes, that is a rhetorical question. You know the answer. The American People are the losers. American businesses are the losers. Our children and grandchildren are the losers.

I won’t throw statistic after statistic at you. It is easy to do, as they numbers are readily available. Opine Needles has addressed the democracy issue before but it is worth mentioning again. There is a quote (presently making the internet rounds) attributed to an 18th century Scotsman named Alexander Tyler. In fact, he did NOT author the words I am about to paraphrase. No one seems to be able to trace the origin, although the closest source may be an American businessman in the mid-twentieth century. Since there is no one author for purposes of attribution, Opine Needles has taken the liberty of crafting the message. None the less, the following words ring true and presciently:

A democracy may, by definition, be temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy; the natural consequence of such collapse is the manifestation of some form of totalitarian government.

A review of the great civilizations over time demonstrates the evolution as follows:
• From bondage to spiritual faith;
• From spiritual faith to great courage;
• From courage to liberty;
• From liberty to abundance;
• From abundance to complacency;
• From complacency to apathy;
• From apathy to dependence;
• From dependence back into bondage.

People left Europe and other domiciles to escape bondage (economic, spitritual, or political) and pursue opportunity and freedom of faith in America. Rooted in faith, they found great courage to stand up to the naked aggression and arrogance of King George and Parliament. That courage led to liberty and the creation of the United States of America. Hard work, natural resources, and diligence won through the fight for liberty (and preservation of the Union) led to abundance.

Starting during the Great Depression, we began to see the inexorable tidal wave moving toward complacency, apathy, and dependence.

Folks, we have arrived. The health care bill tips the scales of dependence to the point where more than 50% of our people rely on the Federal Government for some form of sustenance. And to add insult to injury, we are actually relying on public debt to fund more than 50% of the entitlements we are heaping on the people!!! That is not just a shame; it is a criminal.

I don’t know about you, but I prefer the liberty and abundance phase of our evolution. This November is the first chance you have to reverse course.

See, I’m all worked up now. The desultory state of democrat driven melancholy has been beaten back for another day. Fight on.

  • Peter Duke

    >Hi Jim, I always thought that was part of Alexander Hamilton's argument for an elected monarch, and the Presidency was the resulting compromise…

  • Carol Crawford

    >Jim, I know writing these blogs are a form of therapy for you, but I appreciate that you take the time to provide your thoughtful insight and I enjoy reading them. So, thank you!

    Carol C.

  • Anonymous

    >But we are not apathetic. I believe we are called to be part of our great history — where we take back our country. We can do it and you are proof that we can do it.