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Monday, October 5, 2009

The New Ruling Class

I find it increasingly alarming that politicians of all creeds and parties (except a few state and local officials) are increasingly belligerent and resentful toward the constituents that they serve. As government continues to grow exponentially, a ruling class is beginning to take seed, despite the best effort of our Constitution to prevent such a thing. The preamble states “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence,[1] promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America” and introduces our constitution and establish government as a government of the people and for the people putting on solid footing that we (the people) are not to be ruled but are the ones that rule. Good or bad, the representative democracy that has been established in this country has allowed us to correct our faults, inspire those born less fortunate to succeed and blur the line of the caste system so prevalent in other countries ruled by dictators and aristocracy.

The ruling class, as well as, the evaporation of the middle class (the strength of America) is one of the major reasons that Socialism does not work when taken into the real world. In true socialism (or communism) all citizens are to be treated equal which in turn stifles the middle class to strive for a better life and keeps those in power with the affluence and influence that they and there families had when these policies first took effect. The socialistic “exception” or “exemption” for the ruling class whether it is a different pay scale, health care system (as the case with Congress and the current bill being proposed) housing or personal expression is why in the long run socialism cannot sustain itself. The innate need of the human to be self reliant and strive for a better life is born in all of us and for those that believe the government is the road to that better life are misguided or think that they will be protected when the government changes.

With every right we give away to a government to get something, we give that right away forever. Personal responsibility is a two sides sword that we must handle carefully since it all comes back to use in the end but is the key to the “pursuit” of happiness we, as Americans, hold so dear. When we begin to let a ruling class take hold in American we run the risk of elitists telling those they govern what is in their best interest as oppose to what those that voted them in state we need from them. When the party you affiliate with in power usually all is good (in most American’s mind) but when the opposing view is in rule all hell breaks out…..the problem is not so much the party in power is that we all have let the government grow unchecked in power so that a day will come when a bill will be passed suspending voting all together and we all loose. This is the main issue with a strong Federal government and weak state governments and is the reason why we should reassert the 10th Amendment (The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people) into actual practice and begin to reduce the Federal governments power. A dominant Federal government whether a dictatorship or elected one can, by it sheer size, impose its will on its people (good or bad) and then we cease to become a free society and become a socialistic or fascist society (two sides of the same coin) where we must do as we are told either because we are invested in that government for survival (e.g. welfare, socialized medicine, jobs) or by intimidation tactics that punish those who speak out against its rule. All governments are in the business of keeping themselves in business and the only way to keep them in check is for the people to rule the government and for that central government to be small enough that they are dependent on us and we not that we are dependent on them. As Jefferson once stated and has been repeated numerous times, “A Government Big Enough to Give You Everything You Want is Strong Enough to Take Everything You Have.”. We need to vote with our conscious and our ideals intact not because we are suppose to vote for a party, how our spouse or parents vote but for candidates that reflect our sensibilities..

Freedom and free will are very tricky things since not everything we want to do is necessarily something we should do given our own self interest. Helping somebody help themselves (especially with self destructive behavior) is a slippery slope to navigate and when it comes to governments and institutions mandating behavior changes it gets even more hazardous. Within reason (murder, abuse, thievery) it is always hard to decide what is necessary and what is an unnecessary infringement on personal rights in a free society. For every book burned due to someone’s personal tastes is a brilliant piece of literature that could inspire a person to greatness. Should we speak out on those issues we dream offensive, wrong and bad for our country, no doubt and with a loud voice should we expect the government of a free Republic to only enforce rules and laws that we agree will…..maybe not so much. Like a candle that burns at both ends, every restriction we put on a group or believe by letting the government impose laws and take away freedoms is one we have to give away when people of like minds cease to control that process. Personal choice and responsibility is the way to a free society, not giving a group of bureaucrats’ power over what we can and cannot do on our own lives.  We need to stop the rise of this "ruling" class and take back the power of government and put it in the hands of all of us, only then can we be a free society.

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