We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The alienation of citizens from their government is not limited to people whom the government decides to prosecute. Because so many regulations are so unconnected to anything resembling right or wrong, people who want to be law-abiding find themselves picking and choosing the laws that they deem worthy of respect. It is a pernicious process regardless of whether they get caught when they break the rules. People who feel compelled to judge laws on a case-by-case basis have attached provisos to one of their most basic civic loyalties.
Photo is of the Obamacare law. Nobody in America knows all of what's in it, to this day. No doctor or lawyer ever will and, God knows, no politician will ever bother to know: they exempted all national politicians from it. Teams of hundreds of junior staffers wrote that stuff, and put in whatever they felt like.
The detailed regulations to that pile of crap will fill a library, and every hospital, drug company, medical device company, insurance company, doctor, and nursing home in America will be in violation of something. Work for attorneys, for sure, so I guess that's a good thing.
Our government is insane. My personal definition of insanity is not knowing that you are nuts. If you worry about being nuts, you probably aren't.
When, why, and where, did around 50% of Americans get the notion that government was a good thing rather than the necessary but strictly-limited evil which our founders envisioned? What made tough, independent American pioneers into willing children of the State? Is European-style serfdom contagious?
My ancestors escaped serfdom, at great personal risk. I will be loyal to that. I have no gratitude for government "services." I want to be left alone and never "helped." That's American to me.
"The detailed regulations to that pile of crap will fill a library, and every hospital, drug company, medical device company, insurance company, doctor, and nursing home in America will be in violation of something."
Understand that to the people that wrote it this is not a bug - this is a feature. Once you are found in violation of some regulation, you have to do whatever the regulators say or they will lower the boom on you and put you out of business.
I recommend you all read the book "Last Call" by Daniel Okrent. It's ostensibly the story of Prohibition, but in this book, you can see the seeds of the Modern State falling to the ground and taking root. Sigh! It's an amazing story....
The purpose of all those pages in Obamacare and the virtual unreadability of the law is to hide the many things Americans would be outraged over if it were not hidden. Half of the printed words in the law were explicitly to provide pork and special treatment for favored groups and individuals. All laws should be no more then two pages and written in plain English fully understandable by an average 8th grader.
I keep wondering why Obama's approval rating basically, over four years, goes up and down, but never goes below 45%. 45%!
I have finally come to the conclustion that we vote our tribes. The blacks, Hispanics and Asians all support him because he isn't white. In other words, even the Asians, successful as they are, resent the white power structure.
Then add in the young, who think that gay marriage is the most important issue in the universe (I know, I'm the parent of people in their 20's). Then add in the professional liberals (academics, social workers, etc) whose jobs depend on the government, and in the unions, who are mostly civil servants nowadays, directly employed by the government, and it's 45% of Americans who will support Obama no matter what he does or how bad he gets!
This is cultural suicide, but it's happening, and there's nothing the rest of us can do about it.
You hit the nail on the head. This is what will elect Hillary in 2016. I know otherwise 'normal" women who will vote for Hillary for no better reason then that it is time for a woman president. The Democrats have a winning strategy. You cannot even criticize Obama because the far left loons come out of the woodwork and accuse you of being racist. What do you suppose will happen with Hillary as president.
Amen; but just try to be "left alone." It just isn't possible any more; they are always trying to find new ways to "help" you. All the while they are "helping themselves' to our wallets so they can have more money to help us!