All my life I have heard how great democracy is. Well, as I got more mature (That sounds better than I got older) I began to contemplate the virtues of the system and to my surprise I found problems with it that I could not reconcile.
First it was founded by rebels that would not pay the taxes that were imposed on them. They were rich men that would not pay any tax imposed by England and after not paying for some time they came up with the slogan “Taxation without representation” in order to recruit the common man.
Now no one wants to pay taxes; then or now, but to refuse to pay taxes and form a rebellion against the government would not be viewed as correct today and it should not have been back then either. However the Founding Fathers are held as heroes for just that.
England only wanted taxes on a few things and when the colonist would not pay them every one of them was rescinded except the tax on tea and the colonist used that tax to start a war. It is common to say England was repressing the colonists, but a little study using truth as a guide will refute that idea. Just as a side bar, the middle class pay 41% of wages as income tax and then we have property tax, and sales tax, and even hidden taxes. Boy we really showed them didn’t we!!!!
Well, to continue, the second thing wrong, as I see it, is those who are unqualified to be in a position are supposed to be able to determine the ability of someone else to do the job!!! That just doesn’t make any sense. If a business let those who worked on the assembly line choose the president of the company they would choose someone that paid the most and demanded the least and that company would be history in no time.
Then we have the election process where the candidate makes all kinds of promises that he or she will not have the power to fulfill if they are elected. We call them “Campaign Promises” and the truth is the liar that you believe, knowing that he is lying about some of the things he says, if not all, is the one you vote for. It’s no secret that we all know that if a politician told the truth he wouldn’t have a chance of being elected. That also does not make sense.
All most all elected politicians are rich and they make decisions that benefit themselves and their friends. Their answer to everything is money and their means of generating money is raising taxes. They have shot themselves in the foot this time as they have given most of the manufacturing jobs away and there is no longer the tax base that we had. The goods that are imported from countries that do not have to worry about clean air or any of the regulations that U. S. companies must keep are not taxed. So the Country basically receives none of the taxes that were the major supplier of income. Not only the man that used to have a good paying union job is out of work, but all of those who supplied him with food, clothing, and housing also no longer have a job. Kind of makes you wonder how we are going to repay all of the loans from foreign countries doesn’t it! Maybe one of them will loan us the money, like using one credit card to pay another. The bottom line is “The goose that laid the golden egg is dead”.
The rich have realized that they can use the system to get the taxpayer to fund their private enterprises. If a sports business wants a venue in which to manufacture their product (Read stadium), because it is worth millions to them they can afford to spend what ever it takes in advertisements, bribes, or anything else to trick the poor taxpayer into paying for it. The poor taxpayer does not have the resources nor can he justify spending a great amount to stop such a tax, because it is only a few dollars out of his pocket if the tax passes. The more taxes imposed on the taxpayer the harder it is to make a living and the less time he has to protect himself. Just as a case in point look at the school system and your property taxes. If money produced educated people we would be a country of geniuses and yet there is no end of new school tax bills! If they do not pass the first time they just try again until they do.
When an elected politician passes a bill that we can plainly see is not in the best interest of the people we say “I will not vote for him again”, but the damage is done to the people and it is never rectified. The next politician comes with his own wants and desires and when he takes advantage of us we say “I will not vote for him again”, but the damage is done and it is never rectified. Well, I could go on and on but the truth is we have run out of resources to fulfill their wants and desires.
It has been a great system for politicians. If anything happened to go right they took credit for it and if anything went wrong it was the voters fault for electing the wrong man! Ah, but there is always the next election!!!!
Just as another side bar, housing is not what brought the economy to its knees. NAFTA and the “Most favored Nation” status of China along with the great amount of money our government (Read politicians) borrowed to fight wars we should never have started is what caused the problems. China and Mexico were given the opportunity to import anything with no import tax because we borrowed so much from them. Import duties were there to protect American jobs and when they were removed so was all of the protection. If we still had jobs then those who got such ridiculous housing loans could still be paying them.
Now if I haven’t been clear enough let me say this, this system was invented by criminals that would not pay their taxes. They destroyed property that belonged to a German company in order to start a war where many were killed. It is a system controlled by those who lie to get power and are chosen by those who were unqualified to do so and they have put their own interest first; not the interests of the people. How could you possibly expect such a system to last?
Sorry, I have no earthly remedy for our predicament. The only thing that I see that we can do is pray, but if God does not answer we can not really complain about it. We (Man) set this system up and we participated in it, so we are guilty; not God. Having said that, it still is right to admit our sins and ask for forgiveness. If He will not save us from this mess that we created then we are lost indeed, because no one else can, or perhaps because of their own interests they will not.
God and His Word (The Bible) are proven right again (Psa 146:3 NIV) Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save. (Jer 9:4 NIV) “Beware of your friends; do not trust your brothers. For every brother is a deceiver, and every friend a slanderer.
(Jer 12:6 NIV) Your brothers, your own family– even they have betrayed you; they have raised a loud cry against you. Do not trust them, though they speak well of you.
(Micah 7:5 NIV) Do not trust a neighbor; put no confidence in a friend. Even with her who lies in your embrace be careful of your words.
When all is said and done (John 14:1 NIV) “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God ; trust also in me (Jesus).