Posted on | November 10, 2012 | 18 Comments
Jerry Wilson over at Goldfish and Clowns offers up a fine post that is worth your time in full, but here is a taste (emphasis mine):
Economically, there will continue to be no sense of urgency until either Obamacare’s reality in the form of slashed Medicare coverages starts adversely affecting a multitude of families, the tax burden for all who actually pay taxes becomes onerous or the government stops handing out money. If the first two happen, they happen. The latter is far less likely to take place unless it is forced, and the only way that can happen would be if House Republicans refuse to pass any more appropriation bills, thus shutting down the government, until a genuine deficit reduction program is installed. That said, it’s doubtful the GOP has the guts to turn off the money spigot and shut government down, no matter the pain it causes, until Obama and the Democrats agree to genuine financial reform. However, nothing else short of another massive terrorist attack or full blown war on American soil will get the public’s attention.
I submit that this is true insofar as it goes, but the real problem here is indifference. Not just on election days, but the other 2 * 365 – 1 days in between*.
Folks, if we don’t explicitly keep our Republic, it will be taken from us!
I’m preaching to a choir here, so the real question is how we can broaden the discussion past the choir. Guys like Glenn Beck and Mike Church have been instrumental in my own personal education on what this country really was intended to mean. It did not seem possible to me that a society could achieve the level of daftness the U.S. did on the 6th of November. BHO should have been overwhelmed at the polls, far past the reach of any minor accounting boo-boos that may have crept in.
The notion of division of labor goes back a really long way in economics. Yes, we use elections to divide the work between a handfull of officials and the rest of the populace. Sure, it would be swell if we had some higher-caliber statesmen in play. But we the people can’t expect to tune in for elections only and expect the country to stay on course. DC is a tiny fraction of the total area of the country, and holds a distorted, statist worldview. The Silent Majority is pulling off a major sin of omission, methinks.
*Don’t get pedantic with me about leap years and goofy off-year elections like Virginia’s.