Elephant in the Room
There is an imaginary elephant in the room; one which the “Real Elephants” have to deal with. Big Business.
How have Republicans dealt with Big Business? The same way Democrats have dealt with Big Labor; we haven’t. We both have sat by and let them take over what should be our rights. We have watched as they and Big Government joined forces to completely demean and belittle the average American.
I have blogged before about how I feel Big Business and Big Government are co-conspirators in the demise of the American spirit. They have colluded in the gradual theft and belittling of the American people’s individual freedom.
Our individual will “The American Soul” has been slowly sapped through countless infringements upon our integrity; countless insults to our ability to understand issues and make up our own minds. Think of this the next time you find yourself answering yes or no to a telephone in response to a computer.
Republicans have always been the party of free enterprise; because it was based upon the idea that anyone with the guts and ambition and a good idea should be able to do what they are capable of to make their dream a reality. The buying public (you and me) not the government will decide whether the idea was good. This is at the core of the marriage between Individual Freedom and Free Enterprise. A corollary or offspring to that marriage is the conviction that government should not hinder that union.
I coined a term in a previous blog about the new Monopolies. The term I coined was “Trimopolies”. Simply stated it is a generic term to cover the idea of “the Big Three” in the auto industry. All other industries too have had their mergers and buyouts until, in each one they reach a minimum number of ever larger companies allowed by law controlling the market for that industry.
We used to have monopolies which at least on paper were the most efficient form of running an industry. But just as (on paper) a king or dictator or benevolent leader is the most efficient therefore best ruler of countries; in reality we find it leads to the most egregious abuses of power, and corruption which breeds exponentially; in government as well as business and labor.
I too lump Big Labor in with the other “Biggs”. Big Labor cannot exist without Big Business; so too the apparatus enabling both in our country of laws is Big Government.
Currently I have been involved in the frantic preparations past and present for the “Tea Party” celebrations. The feelings of outrage I am finding out there are coming from the frustrations we all have over all the compromises we have made throughout our lives for the sake of efficiency which we were told by one of the “Bigs” was necessary, for the benefit of all. I now have to mow and rake but don’t own my terrace. Also shovel the public walkway adjoing it. In their wisdom I now will get a fine if I don’t; for the common good of course. I talk to phone menu software. I vote for who the union tells me to. All this we’re told again is being done for the “common good”. By the looks of things I will soon have to start fixing the potholes myself in my section of street. No correct that, their section of street in front of where I live. Still however, as long as I’ve been born for awhile I still have the right to live.
The Tea Party people are simply saying they have compromised with their freedom enough. This frustration is not Republican or Democrat; in fact part of it is aimed at both Big Parties. We do not know how to make everything better. We simply know something’s not right. We also know that big government hasn’t doesn't either. I know that anything that belittles any of the Bigs will hurt them all. I know that from being belittled by all the Bigs. Big Business and Labor are no different than Big Government which by the way is run by Big Parties.
It’s time for Republicans to tell Big Business, Democrats to tell Big Labor; both to tell Big Government that we want our freedom back.
The way we can do that is to not accept a law or politician standing for a law that put a Big ahead of us in the pecking order. We cannot allow any more laws that tells us what to do instead of allowing us to make up our own minds.
The erosion of our freedoms has taken a couple hundred years; simply because we have not been ever vigilant, and courageous enough with ourselves to refuse the pieces of silver offered in exchange.
Well perhaps now is as good a time as any to start to “Belittle the Bigs”. One Tea Party at a time. One letter to our Congressperson at a time. Tearing up one credit card at a time. Eating at one local restaurant instead of a chain, at a time.
The following link from Cato@Liberty by Ilya Shapiro points out the extent necessary nowdays to fight a corrupt system. How hard it has become to say what you want, in this case just to dance quietly.
We the People need to upgrade our status to a “Big”. It ain’t magic, but for it to work we have to do it. Grab a tea bag. Go to a city or village or school meeting. Speak your mind the Bigs do it all the time “ad nauseum.” If we can get on these city, village, and school boards then we will be able to start to give the Bigs a taste of their own nauseous “ad nauseum”. If they don’t like it they could always join us in the real world.
Regards, Live Dangerously Be A Republican.