We are not all the same. These United States were formed on the idea that power comes from the people and is given to the government. For some of us, an election delivers the voice of the citizens. It is a referendum on who and how to govern. For others, it is a political instrument designed to secure their power over others. We are not all the same. Some people want a government so large that it will dictate everything. Others want a government so small that it fits inside the constitution and protects the rights of life, liberty, and enterprise. Some people see political power as a way to extort hundreds of millions of dollars for them and their children. We are not all the same. We are not a union.
Is an election formed by one citizen one vote? Perhaps an election is one citizen of another state or country who can cast their vote in your election, or many elections? That seems closer to the truth since we’ve seen fake identification and fake ballots turn up by the truckload to sway an election.
Judging by recent events, our elections are really one programmer delivering all the votes that billionaire political backers need to seize power. It doesn’t represent the will of the people. The election doesn’t speak for me.
The underlying issue isn’t the political ambitions of billionaires. We’ve always had rich people who wanted more wealth and power. The issue isn’t the corruption of government officials. Men have always been weak and morally flawed. The issue is the degree of power we’ve surrendered to unaccountable politicians and bureaucrats, power that those politicians then sold to the highest bidder.
The government can now dictate how we live, how we work, what we eat, and how our children are educated. Our life and our money, is theirs, not ours. Given that level of control, no wonder that corrupt and ambitious men want to steal an election. The prize is worth the gamble; the risk is worth the reward.
We’re used to being controlled. For some of us, freedom is frightening without a bureaucrat to tell us what to do. Without government, we have to find the right place to live. We have to find the right schools to use. We have to find the right job and the right place to store our money. We even have to manage our own medical care. Many of us have forgotten how to live without a government regulator at our shoulder every second of the day and night. Uncertainty is frightening.
Here is why that risk of freedom is worth facing. Business owners need to buy the right to run their company. Farmers and ranchers need to buy the right to grow food on their own land. Bankers buy permission to store and lend money. Government has become so politicized that some people are above the law. The question we face is this. Has our job, our food, and our wealth really really been safer in the hands of a politician?
Hundreds of millions of us voted no. In contrast, some people can’t imagine living any other way than the way they live today.
The issue is urgent. A few centuries ago, we came together to form a police department. Now we hear calls by politicians to disband the police. We hear calls to disarm law abiding citizens while political power groups have bought the right to smash and burn cities. Are we really safer in the streets now that billionaires own both politicians and their own thugs?
We were promised safety if we gave power to the government. Now, we have neither freedom nor safety. Maybe it is time we let some states and cities live the way they want without dictating how others should live. Let’s embrace our differences. I propose an amendment that any state, or city, can leave these so-called United States.
We are not all the same. Let the laboratory of freedom run the experiment of history. Let us see again which way is better. I think you are better at running your life than the politicians. My vote is on you.
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