>> January 8, 2010
Jeffrey Ellis' post at The Thinker had a comment that got me to well, thinking. The post is about government's unintended consequences while trying to (they say) solve the housing market "crisis".
Jeffrey is nobly trying to apply critical thinking to the politicians' motives and results with respect to the housing crisis, the health care crisis, the Afghanistan crisis and the player to be named later crisis. OK, maybe not Afghanistan. Not even critical thinking can solve that Rube Goldberg puzzle. The point is Jeffrey is definitely a critical thinking individual. One smart dude.
I admire intellectuals. I sometimes mistakenly think I am one. To be honest, I sometimes force intellectuals to talk to me. "Go away." is a constant in my life. Tenacity can be a virtue.
But I digress.
While, as Jeffrey opines, the politicians may very well be either in denial, misjudging the outcomes of the policies they are imposing, or are just plain wrong, I have come to believe they are now also drunk on the very power they wield and therefore no longer deserve our trust.
Which brought me to the analogy of an addict politician. A political power junkie if you will. (Apologies to heroin addicts and alcoholics everywhere.) Not a new analogy I know, but it might be interesting to take it down the road a bit to see where it leads.
"Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism." - Carl Gustav Jung
Unfortunately, I'm familiar with addicts and the myriad of ways a junkie rationalizes their addiction. It's not a pretty sight to see a friend going back again and again to the very source of their current troubles, looking to escape from reality by substituting the high. Only to come crashing back to earth, sometimes with a deafening, chest pounding, kick drum hammer of a thud. What does a true friend do in such a situation? A true friend intervenes and intercedes.
These drunks are stumbling through the halls of congress, using the constitution as a rolling paper (Hey, it is hemp, right?) and we've got to stop them from doing more harm. Given the fact that an addict has to want to change their own bad behavior, we as concerned citizens have an obligation to intervene, to remove them from the source of their addiction, to remove them from power and to intercede on their behalf to God, our higher power, and pray for them to lose such addictions so that they may be whole again. At least I think there is a scripture that says to pray for your enemies.
So in that line of thinking, I offer a rough draft of this: "The US Citizens' Twelve Step Program To Rid Washington Of Its' Power Addicted Politicians". Which by the way makes a really cool acronym: TUSCTSPTRWOIPAP see? Or maybe not. Yea, needs work but hey, it's only the first draft right? Still time and room for improvement. So without further ado, and with a nod to AA and NA, here is the
Manifesto of Intervention
We The People of The United States of America have come to the following conclusions and plans of action:
1. We have come to the realization that our politicians have become drunk with political power and can no longer be trusted with it.
2. We have come to believe that only a power greater than our government can restore sanity.
3. The power greater than our politicians is "We The People" who believe in a constitutional form of government as framed by our founders.
4. We will undertake a searching and fearless moral inventory of our politicians.
5. We will make public the assessment of such politicians and the exact nature of their wrongs.
6. We are entirely ready to remove every defective, self serving or corrupt politician.
7. We seek assistance from God -as we understand him- in removing politicians who fall short in character assessment.
8. We resolve to make and keep lists of current politicians and their voting records and hold them accountable to such by ballot and public ridicule.
9. We aim, by replacing corrupt and immoral legislators with ones of higher moral fiber, to repeal any such legislation that has become a burden to society or restrictive to liberty, thus weaning politicians of power addiction.
10. We will continue to maintain records on both freshmen and senior politicians and to publicly rebuke them as needed.
11. We seek through prayer and meditation to improve our contact with God -as we understand him-, praying for knowledge of his will for us and our country and the power to carry out that will.
12. Having had an awakening as a free people who desire to remain free, we resolve to carry this message to all citizens, and to practice these principles as is necessary for self government.
Yea, I see what you're saying. Verbose but brilliant. Right? I know, I know. It's ok you can send money later. For now You should remember this...
The crises we are witnessing are by design. They are an attempt to overwhelm our senses, ala Saul Alinsky, to bring such an onslaught of attacks on so many fronts as to cause us to give up and give in (Turn on, tune in, drop out) to the claim that we cannot think and act for ourselves. These power junkies are pushers as well, entitlement pushers, dependency pushers. Not only that, the pushers have started hitting the product. They are mainlining on power and money, dealing power like drugs (ACORN SEIU, Banks, Bailouts, Bla Bla BS). An addict cannot survive their addiction without a slew of enablers and co-dependents. Pushers can't survive without users.
I'll give you three guesses as to who the enablers and users are in this case.
"Those who have once been intoxicated with power, and have derived any kind of emolument from it, even though but for one year, can never willingly abandon it." - Edmund Burke, 1727-1797
Make no mistake, the politicians will go as quietly as a baby pulled from suckle. However, we owe it to our forefathers, our veterans, ourselves and our children to get the drunks out of the car, take the keys and hide the bottle.
Update: A hearty welcome to all you Huns from Little Miss Attila's site! Thanks for the link!
Update II: A Texas size Howdy to visitors from Doug Ross @ Journal. This humble robot is grateful for any and all linkage.