Ken Worth: Not happy with state of the nation
At the onset of the last presidential election, I made a decision that I would not vote. It was not an easy decision because I had voted in every election since coming of age and considered it a public duty.
Two years ago I resigned from the Republican Party in disgust. I did not realize it at the time, but partyism as I used to know it no longer existed. It had degenerated into a kind of factionalism that placed party first, and the American citizen was no longer considered.
George Washington, in his final address to the nation he served so well, spoke these words:
“I have already intimated to you the danger of parties in the State; with particular reference to the founding of them on geographical discriminations. Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally.
“This spirit, unfortunately, is inseparable from our nature, having its root in the strongest passions of the human mind. It exists under different shapes in all governments, more or less satisfied, controlled or repressed, but in those of the popular form, it is seen in its greatest rankness, and is truly their worst enemy.
“The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism.
“The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation on the ruins of public liberty”
When I was in college, my U.S. history professor had a thing for George Washington, and my first assignment was to do a paper on Washington’s farewell address. I still remember much of what he said and I am still awed by his understanding of the world and human nature.
It is obvious to me that partisan politics now rule Washington and that the voter no longer uses reason to decide who he wants to represent him. As long as the candidate is a member of his party, has the right color skin, and explains his position in politically correct lies, he must be the man (or woman) for the job. After all, he/she was nominated by the party and winning requires party loyalty.
How do we get people like Nancy Pelosi, who takes hundreds of thousands of dollars from labor unions, but does not employ union workers in her vineyards, hotels, or restaurants, but calls people who do not agree with the government take over of health care, “Astroturf.” This is the height of insult, not deserved by any dissenter.
I consider myself a good American, who served seven years in the volunteer army and have never committed any crime. Who is Nancy Pelosi to call me names? I thought she was supposed to represent me and others, not slander us.
I am not a racist because I disagree with Obama’s policies.
I am not wrong because I question global warming. The politicians are because they are prematurely jumping on an issue before it is proven fact and using it to milk us for more money (cap and trade), which, if they find out the are wrong, they will never give back. This may turn out to be the easiest tax increase ever.
There was a time when political leaders inspired us to great things; leaders from both parties. Now is the time for them to do it again, not by changing a system that is successful and replacing it with the tired and failed systems of others. America is a unique country. We should never have to bow and scrape to anyone and my guess is that those who call us the “great Satan” and complain about us would probably love to live here.
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