Friday, August 12, 2016
I just read an interesting essay on how people are just too plain stupid to be allowed to govern themselves.
The article did hold a lot of water when I thought about it.
We see what is happening now and I believe the writer has several valid points.
One point he made that struck me as valid was where he said that there are an awful lot of people that should not be allowed to vote. He felt that voting should be restricted to those that actually contribute and have some skin in the game.
Years ago voting was restricted to landowners. These people had something to lose.
These days I believe it ought to be restricted to people that own land or pay income taxes.
By that I mean people that actually cough up money on April 15th. Not the people that either get all of their money back, nor those that get money back they didn't pay in.
We're talking taxpayers that fill out the IRS forms and give money to the government.
One of the biggest problems we have here is people voting themselves a raise every year, either directly or indirectly.
When a politician offers to increase welfare payments or give out free phones who else are these people going to vote for? They may not have any money but the do have something in their head that resembles a brain. They know when they are getting something without working for it and will vote accordingly. After all, it isn't costing them anything.
“A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy...”
― Alexander Fraser Tytler
Tytler is dead on here and that is what is happening now. Here's another thing that is happening now.
“The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.”
― Alexis de Tocqueville
That is what is happening now.
It's happening with EBT cards, Obamaphones, healthcare and a lot of other things.
We would ALL be a LOT better off if we had not let government into our lives.
Of course, people with skin in the game would not have let politicians into office that have supported these policies. The poor would have to make a choice to either be successful or do without.
Instead we have a string of non- contributors voting for any politician that comes down the line and bribes them with other people's money.
Any time you rob Peter to pay Paul you can be sure that Paul has no problem with that and that Peter isn't too enamored with the situation.
Our social programs are a case in point.
Restricting sufferage to those that actually contribute to society would have pretty much insured that we would be a lot better off than we are now.
This seems like something that is against a lot of what we stand for I know. But when you look at it in the light of cause and effect you can see that permitting everyone to vote is a mistake that the Founding Fathers made.
The truth of the matter is that most people will not put the country first and will vote for the person that promises them the most.
I am not surprised at how many people will sell their liberty so cheaply for trinkets like an Obamaphone or a couple of bucks on an EBT card.
Others like union members sell their liberties for petty little favors and political promises. They do what the union boss says even though they KNOW it is not for the good of the country.
This country as we know it is on the downhill slide and it is coming faster and faster. We can't handle the massive daily debt we incur for much longer without collapsing.
Incidentally when democracies collapse they are generally replaced with a dictatorship.
Sound like a certain female candidate running for office?
To find out why the blog is pink just cut and paste this: http://piccoloshash.blogspot.com/2009/12/my-feminine-side-blog-stays-pink.html NO ANIMALS WERE HARMED IN THE WRITING OF TODAY'S ESSAY