Admit it; our “national debt” and maddening political complexity is all totally incomprehensible.
Whether it’s trillions or squillions of dollars; or the unknowable mysticism of bureaucracies, “laws,” lawyers and courts; doesn’t matter, because neither you nor I can fathom the width and breadth of such vast enormity. We can’t figure out our own taxes, let alone the monstrosity that churns behind those taxes…
The real issue I want to highlight is not the vast, complex debt and politics (because neither of us could handle that); it’s what such incomprehensible hugeness does to our will.
Have you ever felt so far behind at school that you “got sick” and just stayed home?
Have you ever felt so far behind at work that you felt like getting a new job and a fresh start?
Have you ever gotten so far behind in bill payments that you felt like just chucking it all and becoming another bloke on the dole?
Has your wife ever gone to Maryland last Monday, leaving you to do dishes and clothes, feeding animals, collecting eggs and shutting in the chickens every night all on your own, and you got so far behind that you felt like running away to Mexico before she gets back the weekend after next?
No, of course you haven’t. Neither have I. Certainly not. I don’t even know how I could have imagined such scenarios. But judging by our collective votes, most of our neighbors feel like what I’d described above, all the time.
Because what I see in our words, our daily actions, and of course our votes, is a complete loss of will to do anything about Our Big Mess. It’s just too much. Too unknowable. Too untouchably distant from our capacity to respond. In a state of rationalized stupefaction, we have decided that there is just nothing we can do.
Sure, we mutter a few political incantations to ward off the evil spirits (something like, “it’s those Democrats/Republicans;” or “it’s those evil unions/corporations”), and thus remove ourselves from any accountability for it. We may even go to a Tea Party or “Occupy” event and hold up a sign saying something really, really angry.
But we are merely throwing our words at an abstraction of a great vacuous phantom. A few of us may try to find a visible symbol for it; like a rich politician, or an agency, or a large building. But we never imagine that there is a much more human, personal scale to this problem of ungovernable, untouchable, unstoppable debt and politics.
Well I say that there is no such thing as the monster we have created. I’m herewith claiming that there are, in all of human society, and through all of our history, just three significant things:
In fact, consequences are mostly abstract, but they can be so significant as to compel actions. And it is that interface where we get into trouble, in my opinion.
The national debt is composed almost entirely of unconstitutional and therefore illegal contracts; and of course nearly all of our politics is illegal. Our problems are illegal, immoral, and to repeat, they are only abstractions. These abstract consequences of people acting badly are not physical things; they are all in our heads; they’re a choice…at least until they compel into bloodshed in war, theft and other violence. The actions we’ve been taking based upon these abstract consequences are just as illegal and immoral as were the original actions themselves. You shouldn’t keep this concatenation of one evil upon another going. You can stop it anytime you choose to. You should choose to very, very soon. Just as with the previous so far behind scenarios, you can choose to catch up to your work, just as you can choose to restore a relationship gone sour …or choose to simply live as you wish to live and thus make American Life sweet – better than ever, if you want that.
Liberty, security, prosperity…you can choose these instead of choosing the mess we’ve created and cannot bear to behold. I say it’s time to stop voting for and choosing politics, and start voting for and actively choosing life as you wish to live it.
OK, so maybe the preceding was too abstract. Maybe I’ve not made my point plainly enough.
How about this: You (over 95% of you, anyway) always vote for a single, two-faced crony network, just as most of us have done for a hundred years now. There is one group of bankster/moneychangers behind both marketing groups we call “the Two Party System,” and they are who you’ve been voting for.
Forget “liberal” and “conservative” ideology, whatever that may be today. Forget whatever you think the constitutions say (most still haven’t read any constitution, state or federal). Forget the fact that this next election “is the most important, and perhaps the last election ever!” just as every election has always been. Forget that “we must get rid of <so and so whoever> at all costs!” as usual.
The real problem is you, your choices, and the consequence of those choices. Fix you, and the government that reflects you will look a whole lot better. Get your mojo together. Clean up your mess.
Our politicians are not the problem. We voted for them. “The system” isn’t the problem, since we keep voting for that too. We The People have exactly and only what We The People have freely chosen.
That is our problem, and we can fix it.