It makes news when some foreigner (like Henrique Capriles Radonski) challenges a foreign, long-entrenched murderous thug (like Hugo Chavez). Such news makes headlines and waves all over the world. In foreign politics, sports, and even in real life, we love a “come from behind” “Cinderella Story” of bravery challenging the odds.
But what do we hear about those who’d challenge the world’s longest-running and most-corrupt crony network operating here in the USA? Do we admire the underdogs who’d offer an alternative to a machine of war, theft and deceit that’s been left alone with near-total power in the USA since 1913?
From personal experience, I must say, no. In fact, we call them “fringe,” “lunatic,” or at best, when we don’t want to come out and say, “loser,” we call each of them a “wasted vote” with “no chance” in that entrenched, violent, stinking-rotten and generally disliked two-faced regime we’ve come to call (because we’ve been told to) “the Two Party System.”
Why is that? Why do we voluntarily choose to live in a downward-spiraling, robbing-Peter-to-pay-Paul cronyism, lawless and brutish debt bomb?
Well, I think it’s because we’ve been bought off with our own money, that’s why.
Who among us doesn’t at least at some point in the day feel a part of some arbitrary abstract “class” of citizen that has a “special interest” in our adversarial system of politics? Whether it’s the struggle of men versus women, gay versus straight, black versus white, or something even more abstract like activated Reserve, beneficiary, incorporated businessman or taxpayer, we all seem forced to “take a side” in a system that is now entirely based upon taking something from somebody, and sometimes, giving it to somebody else.
Sometimes it’s just taking; and we hope to keep a little more than the next guy gets to keep. Sometimes we’re on the receiving end (Medicare, Social Security are the biggest, broadest examples), and we have come up with all manner of justification for what we take from our neighbors.
Always, it seems, one half of the “two party system” is “on your side;” while the other half is “against you.”
It’s hard for me to imagine why we’ve not demanded at least a year’s military peace since the War to End All War, but we’ve been told that our whole system will crash down like dominoes unless we keep ferreting out and smacking down the hobgoblins and demons always lurking somewhere overseas.
Anyway, you have invested, and you feel stuck. You’ve witnessed “rope a dope.”
That it is immoral in the extreme as well as very clearly illegal doesn’t matter. It is, we’re always told, and so we always say, “The Way Things Are.”
Well, life is what you make it. We The People have exactly and only what we choose. It’s in your power to keep “The Way Things Are” the way things are; or change it to whatever you want.
I have a proposal. I offer rules that apply to everybody equally – written rules that are few enough that everybody can know them; simple enough that everybody can understand them; and important/useful/critical enough that everybody must obey all of them without exception, all the time. The rules are proven to work if obeyed, and they’ve been called brilliant and exemplary by people all over the world. They are also the law, right now.
I’m not holding my breath that my quixotic campaign will do any better than ever before. I’m not even saying that I’m a brave person to offer such a challenge to our corrupt status quo. And please don’t call me Cinderella.
I’m just putting rule of law under existing state and federal constitutions on the ballot under the name Andrew Horning (L).
Whatever happens next isn’t my decision at all.
It’s all yours. You’re the one who must decide if you want to keep doing what you’ve been doing, or something else for a change. A real change. It’s up to you, and the time to choose is just around the corner.