The other day I was having a conversation with an individual about the election. I asked her if she was getting excited to voice her opinion through the ballot box and she apathetically shrugged her shoulders. She told me that it really didn’t matter who we elected, nothing was going to change. She said politicians will say anything to get elected. They make promises that they have no intentions of keeping and say the things you want to hear. All they care about is gaining your vote and will lie their way through the election to get it. She felt so powerless and felt her vote didn’t matter. Her feelings are echoed by many.
As I stood there listening to her I could definitely relate to the concerns she was conveying to me. She is not alone feeling that the system is failing us. Many voters are losing faith and the reason is because they are placing their trust in a system that no longer resembles the one crafted by our founders; a system that is more government centered than liberty centered. They are placing their trust in candidates who aren’t even talking about individual liberty and the constitution. Instead candidates are promoting the things they and government will do to solve our problems. How has that worked out for us? Did things get fixed? Is there a history of this ever working? The answer is no. When the constitution is ignored, the sovereignty of the individual is being ignored and because of it we are struggling as a nation.
Most candidates try to sell us on the idea that if we elect or reelect them they will fix all our problems by using the instruments of government to implement their proposals. The problem with that is government is an inefficient beast and cannot do things as efficient and as well as the private sector. During the last debate Mitt Romney got it right when he said government doesn’t create jobs; however it can create a regulatory environment that hampers job growth in the private sector. And that is exactly what has happened. So when candidates come up short and fail to keep the empty promises they make, we lose faith not only in them but in the entire system. We don’t believe it works anymore, so why participate.
So if we already know this, why do we continue to do the same thing election after election? Why do we fall for the same tactics? The answer in my opinion is because we don’t have a solid understanding of liberty and the concept of the sovereign individual. Many people believed President Obama when he said he would cut the deficit in half; our deficit has more than doubled since 2009. They believed Obama when he said he would get unemployment down to six percent. It remained over eight percent for three and a half years. They believed he would change the tone in Washington and yet today we are more divided than ever. The same holds true for Republicans. George Bush was no deficit hawk. He ran up trillions of dollars in debt during his term. The people believed that Republicans would reverse the spending trend when they were swept in to office in 2010; however once in office our deficit spending remained over $1 trillion adding $4 trillion to our national debt in a two year period. Nothing changed. Promises were broken. It’s no wonder people are so apathetic about the elections.
With the above results why should they believe the system is working for them? What evidence is there to reinforce the notion that their participation in it matters? The end result is a lady behind a counter telling me it doesn’t matter who we elect because nothing is going to change. So the real question is what can we do to end this destructive cycle? What can we do to stop this madness? What can we do to get people excited and wanting to participate in the process? The answer really isn’t that hard. We need to take an hour out of our day and learn from originals sources about liberty and natural rights. They need to understand these concepts inside and out. Once they do they will understand why the founders were willing to sacrifice their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to secure liberty.
The book The 5,000 Year Leap is a great starting point for many. It’s a fairly easy read and gets the reader in the right mind set to tackle more in-depth philosophies. The next step is to read John Locke. The reason John Locke is so important is because many of the founders were in tune with his philosophy in regards to natural rights. Once people can wrap their brains around this, they will understand why a group of colonists decided to declare independence from a force they believed was infringing on these rights. The words to the Declaration of Independence will come alive and be as relevant today as it was 235 years ago. A new understanding of why our constitution was crafted in the manner it was will emerge and people will once again see it as an instrument that restrains the federal government. Following the natural progression of gaining this understanding people will begin to raise the bar and look for candidates with liberty centered views. This will eventually break the hold the parties have on Washington and usher in a new age of constitutional enlightenment. Peoples’ vote will matter again.
At least that is my hope. Now on to the LINKs.
Below are links to outstanding articles by conservative/libertarian bloggers. Please take a few moments out of your day to hit the links and visit their sites. Hit their tip jars if they have them because they work hard each day to expose the lies of the left and bring you the truth. So tee it up and enjoy another SENTRY JOURNAL round at the LINKs.
A Conservative Teacher: What Did President Obama do from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM on September 11, 2012
Ace of Spades: Florida now gone for Obama
Adrienne’s Corner: Wild Bill: Hell 101
America’s Chronicle: The Most Meaningless Phrase In Politics; “I Take Full Responsibility”
American Glob: Are We Where We Want To Be? NO
American Perspective: Leftist Thug Threatens Me After I Photographed Obama Sign (video)
America’s Watchtower: New ad exposes Barack Obama’s debate lie about calling the Libya attack…
ARRA News Service: Want to vote twice for Obama? Sure… go ahead!
Atlas Shrugs: “A little sharia”
Blog de KingShamus: Obama And His Tenuous Relationship With Competency
Breitbart: UN Warns Americans: Do Not Elect Mitt Romney
BUNKERVILLE: Obama’s audiobook scrubs mention of Davis and views of whites
Capitol Commentary: One of the Most Divisive Elections Soon Draws to a Close
Conservative Hideout 2.0: Bill Clinton Claims That Americans are Impatient?
Conservatives on Fire: Your Government At Work…Who Is Responsible? Who Will Fix It?
COMMON CENTS: SNL Spoofs the 2nd Presidential Debate
Doug Ross@Journal: Another Report Proves Republicans Better Informed Than Democrats
Elephants in the Blue Grass: Why Romney Will Win
EYE OF POLYPHEMUS: Formspring Question #465–Tagg Team Match Edition
Hot Air: New Romney ad – Find a way
iOwnTheWorld: Is Obama Buying the Election With His Welfare Explosion?
J O S H U A P U N D I T: Bret Baier’s FOX News Special Report On Benghazi
Laughing Conservative: Obama ‘to announce Iran nuke deal’
Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion: Honey, I Shrunk the Country
Liberty At Stake: R U Ready To Become a Benghazi Truther?
Libertarian Republican: Paul Ryan in Pennsylvania
Maggie’s Notebook: Electoral College vs National Popular Vote Organization: Threat Alert
Manhattan Infidel: Hillary Clinton Takes the Blame for Everything
Mind Numbed Robot: Second 2012 Presidential Debate 10-16-12
Moonbattery: Soledad O’Brien Gives Obama Big Boost in Virginia
Motorcitytimes: Video: Sunday Shows Hit Obama On Lack Of Plan For Next Four Years
NUKE’S: Stomach virus kicked our butt
Pirate’s Cove: Surprise! Egyptians Increasingly Like Iran, Want Nuclear Weapons
Politics et al: Ordered Liberty » It’s Not Just Obama’s Lies — It’s the Premise of Obama’s Lies
Political Clown Parade: Right Jabs For October 20, 2012
Political Realities: Obama Has To Face His Foreign Policy Failures
Proof Positive: Mitt Romney’s Stand Up at the Al Smith Dinner
Randy’s Roundtable: Five Reasons
Right Truth: An Urgent Message for America – video
rjjrdq’s America II: Gangster Obama Shows Up For The Debate
Spellchek: The true Benghazi cover-up means asking the right question
teresamerica: Andrew Napolitano asks What If There Was Tyranny?
That Mr. G Guy’s Blog: Lawrence O’Donnell…Wannabe Tough Guy…
THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS: MORE PROOF THAT THE OBAMA GANG’S FUNDRAISING MACHINE…
The BLAZE: Is Gloria Allred Planning an October Surprise?
The Camp Of The Saints: Regarding Impeachment…
The Classic Liberal: Full Spectrum Operations in the Homeland: Insurrection?
The Daley Gator: Sad truth confirmed, Obama supporters are clueless and grossly uninformed
The Foundry: 3 Questionable Foreign Policy Statements in the Second Presidential Debate
The Libertarian Patriot: Justice Department Finds Constitution Seeks Dismissal of Fast & Furious Suit
The Lonely Conservative: US Drone Captured Benghazi Attack, Officials Stood By And Did Nothing
THE OTHER McCAIN: EUSSR?
The Reaganite Republican: Reaganite’s Sunday Funnies
THE rightscoop: Former CIA officials say no way WH didn’t know Benghazi was a terrorist attack…
The TexasFred Blog: Could U.S. military have helped during Libya attack?
Theo Spark: The Truth About Libya – Failed Foreign Policy
Thomas Jefferson Club Blog: “Journalism” Was the Loser in the Second Presidential Debate
TOTUS: Had Enough “Eye-Candy”? Vote Romney!
Virgina Right: Chris Matthews Grills Obama Campaign Officials on Poor Libya Response from Obama
WARD WORLD: For first time, Romney’s favorability rating tops Obama’s
What Would The Founders Think: Surrender at Yorktown
WESTERN HERO: Twittorrhea
WyBlog: Is it still an October Surprise if we already know what it’s gonna be?
Zilla of the Resistance: I Was Called a Racist Today
Thanks for all the great articles. Once again you guys are doing the job the MSM refuses to do. Two weeks to go. Keep the heat on.
Liberty forever, freedom for all!