Those were words I often heard from one of my favorite ex-co-workers from time to time, and it was always in relation to some stupid thing the government does. Whether it was taxes (usually around mid-April), divorce law, immigration, quotas, or any number of things, that was pretty much what he’d finish his rant of the day with.
And he’s right. That’s the only thing left to do.
It’s not as if it hasn’t been tried before. The whole reason the South pulled out of the union in 1860 was due to the federal government’s intrusion into state affairs (slavery playing a large but still a single part out of many), resulting in the wrongly-named Civil War. We know how that turned out.
But between bungling in the war against homeland-inflicted terrorism, insufficient exercise of national sovereignty in the defense of borders, incapability and unwillingness to expel foreign invaders, the continuance and expansion of a punitive and insidious tax system that discriminates between classes, the state-sponsored mass-murder of protohumans by the millions despite the allegation in our founding document of life being the most fundamental right, the typical spending without bound of public funds by our everlastingly elected congressmen, and the continued graft within and the overabundance of bureaucracy, I see no other solution but for it to be rebooted. And that can’t happen under present conditions.
There are no alternative politicians who could manage their way out of a paper sack. Sadly, the ones we have are the best of the few willing to do such filthy work. We won’t solve the problem by replacing experienced scum with freshly new scum, even if people would…the problem with having a government by, of, and for the people is that it reflects its own sorriness. Besides, we can’t vote on matters directly, given the representative nature of the republic; they quail in the night at the very thought of the concept of referendum. They can’t even tolerate having open discussions, for that matter.
The only way I can think of to flush the bureaucratic toilet is for a bomb to go off at the next State of the Union address. Harsh, indeed…but don’t forget what has to be done to make an omelette. But then the problem becomes one of reconstructing the government. And we don’t have the quality people these days to put one together. Maybe that’s the ultimate reason everything’s turned to mush.
But there has to be something done at some point to stimulate positive change that doesn’t pander to some interest other than the national one.