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Government We Deserve
When Will We Have Good Governance?
[Charles Kopp] 4/20/04
government today is mostly a cynical mockery of the institution
founded by our Constitution. Our President’s
Administration, in concert with major elements of our military
and intelligence services, is managing an earnest effort to fulfill
the basic governmental obligation of defending our safety. And
they are facing heavy criticism for having the audacity to serve
other aspect of our government’s functioning
today is pathetically ineffective at best, and actively destructive
at worst. You will not hear issues debated and problems solved
in our House and Senate; our elected officials speechify there,
generally in a room all by themselves (they are too busy raising
money to listen to each other), and they eventually vote in accordance
with reasons and agreements arrived at off-camera, which we are
unlikely to ever discover.
The great federal institutions from the State Department to
the Congressional Budget Office employ predominately members
of the Democratic Party and function as a wholly owned subsidiary
thereof. The judiciary is a predominately leftist and activist
body, seeking month by month to impose their utopian notions
upon an American citizenry which they disdain, having failed
through electoral means to persuade much of anyone of their radical
From the bow to the stern, you look in vain to find a person
even attempting good governance for the general well being of
the American people. One could wish to scrap the entire District
of Columbia and start over from scratch, if history were not
so replete with disastrous attempts in various other places.
Party has iron control over public employees' unions, which
can effectively vote themselves pay increases,
budget and staffing increases, and breadth of power increases,
simply by walking into their polling precincts and casting a
vote for the Democratic candidate. The public education system
is entirely in the grip of politically correctness and revisionist
history. It is in question whether parents have a right to instruct
their own children according to their beliefs. There has not
been intellectual freedom in our universities for decades now,
and there will not be in the future since those composing doctorate
theses have to satisfy the ruling ideologues. Great proportions
of the populace pay no federal income taxes, or live on public
welfare, and await even great dispensations from the income of
working people via reparations.
On top of these entrenched legions, the party of the left is
actively working to enfranchise felons and non-citizens, and
where possible to disenfranchise the military. Herein is a strategy
to become a permanent majority party, and eventually a one party
America with no further need of elections.
not have been surprised by any of the natural consequences
of all these
circumstances. When the future of Social Security
is considered, the financial realities of the coming decades
are not relevant to the left; the issue is purely a political
consideration of constituencies and power. When the future of
medical practice is concerned, similarly, the issue is to compel
those who can provide services to do so for free “for our
constituents”; fairness and even practicality are not relevant.
With a host
of issues bottled up in Congressional intricacies, similar
beg to be aired. The death tax on income
which has already been taxed cannot be repealed, not even in
cases where the tax forces children to sell the homes or farms
of their parents in order to pay the tax; repealing it would
reduce the income stream flowing to “our constituents.”
is no longer about governance; it is about taking from “their side” to give things to “our side.” Minority
Democrats in the House and Senate do not want to pass legislation
to help our nation, because the President would get to sign it.
Anything that helps “their side” is bad. Profitability
is a moral evil, and most government institutions are firmly
dedicated to eradicating it from American life. The thrill of
class warfare drowns out the simple truth that businesses have
to succeed in order for Americans to live well.
In the midst of all this, the quality of electioneering in our
nation is in a downhill dance that seems frustrated that some
public venues such as gangster rap manage to be more vicious
than politics. Clearly folk such as Senators Kennedy and Byrd
find hatred itself an overpowering and beautiful narcotic. The
fact that during Watergate there were accusations against a President,
based on some items of actual evidence, seems an irrelevant detail
(recall, there where burglars with checks in their pockets from
the Committee to Re-elect, and White House phone numbers, etc).
if we can imagine a crime, we can accuse our opponents of that
We should not be surprised by this either. Late
in October some new “information” will come to light;
some employee of Kerry or McAuliffe is sitting at this moment,
working on creating this “information” and orchestrating
its dramatic discovery. Do I know this person? No, but I can
speak of them with confidence, having the 2000 National and 2002
California elections to look back on.
Something even worse may happen this year; Al Queda has a Spanish
victory to emulate here. In the event of a terrorist strike in
America in the days before our election, we will need to bear
in mind who is trying to influence us, and why. By the way, there
is no campaign finance reform.
arm of the DNC, of course, is Dan Rather and his fellow anchors
at the three networks -- Tom Brokaw has even
been openly mentioned as a possible running mate for John Kerry. “Public” radio
and our newspaper of record behave completely consistently with
being owned and operated by the Democratic Party. White House
reporters are not going to ask our President a single question
to which they suspect he’ll have an answer that plays well
to American citizens.
Despite the left-wing whining about Fox and Limbaugh, its own
ownership of mainstream media is complete and absolute. For those
who have not noticed it, the left does not believe in a free
press. They believe in the right of Nazis to terrorize survivors
of the German holocaust in Skokie, but they do not believe Americans
have a right to a fair presentation of news about their President.
Incidentally, they do not believe in the liberty of individuals,
but in the superior ability of government to provide all and
control all for the good of the us all.
What then is our future like?
In the short
run, the next eight months are going to be ugly. It will not
what gaffes Kerry makes, or how many flip
flops, or how silly his presentation of his “moderate and
mainstream” credentials becomes, the press are not going
to present him in this light. A host of allies from Clinton to
Kennedy will be expressing their deep and profound reverence
for this remarkable candidate.
with his "band of brothers" will be staged
in every city for 8 months, and this will be the “news” from
Dan Rather and company. It will not matter how little evidence
(if any) is offered to support accusations against President
Bush: they will all get headlines as if saints and angels had
verified each and every one of them.
Your television will present a fantasy land in which turning
Iraq over to the U.N. is an idea of pure genius and statesmanship.
And not a single prominent Democrat will confess to the unfairness
of all this. Congressional and other investigations will release
reports carefully timed in coordination with the DNC, to maximize
political damage to the President in the election cycle.
Will it win the Presidency for John Kerry? Possibly. Will it
turn out to be worth winning, after the government has no non-partisan
department left, and no legitimacy? I doubt it.
Even if Kerry fails and the President Bush prevails, enormous
work has to be done to restore our government to its rightful
place as a servant of all of us, one nation, under God, the citizens
of America. When will children in public schools again learn
about the radical and brilliant work of our founding fathers?
When will both conservative and liberal speakers be welcomed
and listened to on university campuses? When will senators and
representatives work together to solve important problems facing
our nation? When will they feel ashamed of conspiring daily for
partisan victories that harm our country? When will political
candidates refrain from slander, and attempt to persuade voters
of the quality of their own ideas?
Make no mistake;
we have the government we deserve, and if we ever deserve better
we have it in our power to create better.
We can be thankful, that we have a military which is better than
we deserve. Thanks to them, we have some time to do the work
that needs to be done. Let’s get it done. CRO
2004 Charles Kopp