Getting the Government We Deserve

It’s been heartening of late to watch Democrats scuttling across the deck of the SS Obama, bailing as fast as possible from the sinking ship that is the current administration. Even the most craven of Obama voters are disenchanted with the president and his failed promises.

He’s not made the poor rich; he hasn’t even made the rich poor.  He’s only made his cronies and contributors rich, but his “stash” is not what it was cracked up to be.

For those Dems who actually pay attention to politics he’s also been a disappointment. He has not brought peace to the world. He’s not made everyone love us. He’s not made life easier for minorities. He’s not produced amnesty. The weather is still unpredictable and Al Qaeda hasn’t been eradicated.

Of course, conservatives have known all along that this man is not an American – even if it turns out that he was born in Hawaii. Nothing he’s done in nearly six years has made America stronger. Nothing he’s done has made us safer – quite the contrary. Nothing he’s done has made us more prosperous, nor has unified us, or inspired us, or done anything other than drive up the anger quotient.

I could go on and on, but I don’t need to – we all know well the traitorous “incompetencies” of this man and his handlers. But Obama is not what has me worried. He could be impeached. At this stage of the game he could be arrested, but that just gets us Uncle Joe, who would be no better. Well, we would have a president who was actually incompetent instead of just pretending to be, but that’s not a practical improvement.

Let’s say we manage to impeach, indict, or otherwise lawfully remove both of these men from office. Let’s dream big and say we also rid ourselves of Eric Holder. Then we’re stuck with John Boehner who could perhaps be managed, but he would not be the leader we need.

Just for grins, though, let’s pretend that President Boehner got an infusion of testosterone, had his spine straightened and started thinking like a true conservative – where does that get us? What would he have to do?

He’d have to kick start the economy – build the Keystone pipeline, authorize more drilling, deregulate almost everything, audit the Federal Reserve (and or get rid of it). He’d have to win the War on Terrorism and do it fast and decisively.

That’s just for starters, because behind the presidency looms the megalith of the federal bureaucracy. We don’t have a slick, concise, constitutional way of shaking loose the sarsen stones of the federal agencies. And the people who have been manning these monuments to big government have been getting rich and richer micromanaging our lives. Even if we give a new president a magic wand he still would be hard-pressed to disconnect these bureaucracies from their power source; they’ve become their own raison ďetre, their own perpetual motion machine; though Lord knows they’ve done little to advance and assist the nation.

Health and Human Services has not made us healthier. The Department of Energy has not prevented $4 gasoline. The Environmental Protection Agency has managed to destroy entire industries, but the spotted owl is still dying off and the polar bears were never in any danger. After the IRS targeting scandal it’s become obvious that the graduated income tax, and its volumes of impenetrable regulations, is extremely dangerous to a free society, and given a nearly 18 trillion dollar national debt, one can argue that it has failed to adequately fund the government. The Department of Education has also failed to help educate the populace. In short, of all our federal institutions only the military has proved its worth, and all of these bureaucracies wield more power than any president ever could.

But, let’s go back to those folks who expected the Obama presidency to make their lives effortless, those folks who thought he’d buy them new kitchen appliances and pay for their birth control. Those people are still out there. Let’s look at those dreamers who actually believe we can exist in this world sans war, sans borders, and sans consequences with nothing but an easy supply of weed to keep everything mellow. They haven’t changed their minds about those things. They may be mad at Obama for failing to be their dream-catcher, but they still believe in his unicorns. The problem is not that Obama turned out to be the worst president in American history. The problem is that Americans elected him. Twice. And we can’t impeach the American people.

Recent polls, however, show that only 20% of Americans label themselves liberal, so how is it that this diseased tail is wagging the entire dog? The three institutions that actually wield the most power – the churches, the schools, and the media – are responsible, and while these “branches” of self-government have failed to actually convince the American people of the benefits of socialism and abortion and hypersexuality, they can intimidate folks into not speaking out about their true beliefs.

Try expressing a conservative, or heaven forbid, a Christian point of view in a college classroom these days. Even high school classes are rife with left-wing propaganda and many teachers are openly hostile to traditional thinking and to parents who dare to question that hostility. Liberal churches spout liberation “theology” and turn Christians into Marxists. Conservatives, already reserved to begin with, are reticent to get into it with the sanctimonious socialist.

We are aware that a jihadi is willing to both lose his life and to commit atrocities in the name of Allah, and that makes him very dangerous. Well, liberals are willing to twist truth, make personal attacks, and do almost any despicable act to advance their agenda, including voter fraud, and that makes them dangerous.  Conservatives, on the other hand, are governed by a higher authority than their own power, and that makes it look like that restriction is a handicap, but that’s only a human viewpoint.

Conservatism has one immovable advantage. Conservatives value tradition; conservatives know the precious ideas that made us the most astounding nation on earth, and conservatives are unwilling to scrap those values. We’re unwilling to let go of freedom, hard work, courage, innovation, responsibility, and duty because behind all of those values stands Almighty God. At the Democratic Convention in 2011 the Democrats turned their backs on God and clearly voted Him out, but the further right you go in the Republican Party the more obvious is its reliance on that God, and that God never fails His people.

We have far more to worry about than an errant president. We have to see to it that voters are truly educated in spite of the public schools -- and the home-school movement is a good start. We have to start fighting back against an anti-American media – and some film companies are making inroads. We have to become again the people we once were. And it’s obvious that God has provided us with the means to once again lead the world – we can regain our independence with our oil and natural gas production -- if we want to. We can rid the world of the scourge of Islamic fundamentalism – if we want to. We can realign our attitudes to please the Lord of All and regain His protection and provision – if we want to. It’s not about ridding ourselves of an obnoxious, embarrassing, criminal president. It’s about becoming a people who deserve much better.