Starve the Beasts

It’s interesting and ridiculous how the Republicrats want to blame Obama for everything over the last few years, but yet, in the recent Florida Presidential Preference Poll, The Grinch was running commercials touting all the things that he accomplished while he was the speaker.  All the same things that they would allow the president to take credit for, if it had been their president, “balanced budget for three straight years”, the surplus, low unemployment, Dow Jones up, etc.  (I was looking for a link to the specific commercial I had in mind, but I am not finding it.  It’s paid for by “Winning our Future”, if you really need an example, so it’s technically not run by the Grinch, but *wink* *wink*)

In fairness, the Democans do exactly the same thing.  They’re just not running any national campaigns right now.

Two questions remain.

– Why is it that so many people CLAIM that negative campaigning turns them off, but then so obviously respond to it?

– Why do we, as a country, continue to support either of these ridiculous parties with our time, our money, and most importantly our votes?

Both parties have done great things for our country.  Things for which we should remember them in history.  However, the time has come to consign them to the dustbin of history and move on.  The time has come when both parties have shown that they now care more about the love of money and power than about principle.

It was the Republican Party who, following the Civil War, led the reconstruction period in the South.  However, it was largely the Democrats who lead the final portion of the civil rights battle for “racial” equality in the 1960s.  (We still have a lot of equality battles to fight in this country, but we’ve come a long way and that should NEVER be forgotten!!)

I stumbled across this the other day and thought it was particularly relevant to our time. I recognize it is just a little long.  I ask that you read it in its entirety.

 It is not needed nor fitting here that a general argument should be made in favor of popular institutions, but there is one point, with its connections, not so hackneyed as most others, to which I ask a brief attention. It is the effort to place capital on an equal footing with, if not above, labor in the structure of government. It is assumed that labor is available only in connection with capital; that nobody labors unless somebody else, owning capital, somehow by the use of it induces him to labor. This assumed, it is next considered whether it is best that capital shall hire laborers, and thus induce them to work by their own consent, or buy them and drive them to it without their consent. Having proceeded so far, it is naturally concluded that all laborers are either hired laborers or what we call slaves. And further, it is assumed that whoever is once a hired laborer is fixed in that condition for life.

Now there is no such relation between capital and labor as assumed, nor is there any such thing as a free man being fixed for life in the condition of a hired laborer. Both these assumptions are false, and all inferences from them are groundless.

Labor is prior to and independent of capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration. Capital has its rights, which are as worthy of protection as any other rights.

Abraham Lincoln in his first State of the Union address delivered December 3, 1861.

We notice that 150 years ago that great Republican icon, Abraham Lincoln was specifically saying that capital is NOT  superior to labor.  That capital only exists as a result of labor.  From this we can infer many things.  Amongst those things, we can infer that Lincoln would support that capital gains ought not, for example, be taxed at a lower rate, but rather at a higher rate than labor.  There are many other things which can come from this simple statement.

But, again, I digress.  The point is that both parties have done many great things for the country and they should be remembered and honored for those contributions.  They should have their places in the history books and museums.  And, now, we should move on.  They need to be relegated to the sidelines, because we have allowed them to become corrupt and controlled by narrow interests.  The worst part, and the part for which we should be truly ashamed and afraid is that WE ARE DOING IT TO OURSELVES!!

“But, we have no other alternatives”  That’s not true.  We have many other alternatives.  The Republicans have for the last 40 years been engaged in a “Starve the Beast” campaign.  Their intent is to bankrupt the government.  This has been written about and acknowledged repeatedly.  I will post about it at some point, but others have done very thorough pieces about it.  It would take very little looking for the interested reader to find the details.  We the people have to engage in our own starve the beast campaign on the parties.  We have to end their stranglehold on ourselves and our government, because again, we are they!  We have other alternatives.  We have the Green party.  We have the Justice Party.  There are others.  Look around.  Don’t rely just on the mainstream media and what you have always known.  As a free adult, you are responsible for your own education!

The parties can no more exist without we the people than any other institution can.  No institution exists without the people who make up its rank and file.  If we walk away.  If we stop contributing, and volunteering.  If we stop voting, and spreading the message.  If, instead, we start volunteering, contributing to, and voting for alternatives, then we can do this!!!


About Just Torch

Author of the SCIAMAGE column a space devoted to American political and social commentary and analysis. It is unabashedly liberal, but makes every effort to present clear, verifiable facts and sound reasoning. It also makes a commitment to clearly distinguish between facts and opinions. View all posts by Just Torch

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