My thesis is that our dream of reducing federal government spending is just that … a dream. The Sequester was a minor decrease in the rate of increase in federal government spending. And yet the message from Washington is clear. We are to be punished for it. White House tours over the Easter Season were cancelled, border security has been compromised, expect long lines at airports, thousands of illegal aliens have been released from jails, military tuition assistance has been cancelled, there is even a threat to our national security. We have heard from some of our leaders that “Federal Government Spending is not a problem.”, “The National Debt is not a problem.”.
The amount of tax money in Washington has increased the concentration of power there to the point of creating an elite class of our federal representatives and bureaucrats. Did you hear that President Obama has a food taster, just like the kings in history? Our Founding Fathers experienced tyranny and much of our Constitution was designed to prevent it from happening again. Power is a zero-sum game. As power increased in Washington, it was at the expense of our personal freedom. I am old now and have witnessed the decline in our freedom firsthand.
Fortunately for us, the 21st century with personal computers and the internet has created a world where distributing power is a real possibility. Rather than expending our energy trying to force Washington to reduce spending, we should be using the power of our personal computers to start a Distribute Power Movement away from the Federal Government and back to the States. Read the US Constitution and you will see clearly that this is what our Founding Fathers had in mind.
The advantage to us would be the creation of competition. There is one Federal Government but there are 50 States. With the mobility of the population and of business, States which did what we want would grow and States which did not would shrink. But we must be quick. Already 50 percent of our population pays no federal income tax and has no incentive to transfer power back to us. You may feel that the States have not done a good job either but at least consider the possibility that may be the result of our lack of diligence, that competition among the States will be enhanced if we hold their feet to the fire.
A peculiar characteristic of Freedom is that it is not free. And it is not guaranteed. The loss of Freedom does not last for a few years … it lasts for centuries. And it is preserved the old-fashioned way. We have to earn it to deserve it. What has been happening to us is not a TV Reality Show, it is real life. All of us are busy. All of us are being encouraged to feel helpless. Many of us are waiting for someone else to do something. On a monument at Valley Forge is inscribed the words of George Washington warning future generations to guard against tyranny. He was not warning government. He was warning us.
I am hoping you will not read this blog with the intention of commenting on some small error I may have made. I am hoping you will join with me to begin a Distribute Power Movement, to begin to look for leaders who will be willing to do this, to speak out, to talk to your friends, to use the power the 21st century has given you, so that together we can change the world.
It may be that I am taking some risk of reprisal by writing this blog as you may be if you speak out. It was Socrates who said, “When the debate is over, slander is the tool of the loser”. But I am reminded of the old Chinese proverb, “To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing”.