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.
Dave Brat gets it exactly right, gives some people the vapours: David Brat Is Right- Let’s not shy away from the truth about what government is:
That a potential member of Congress is so elegantly aware of the remarkable strength of the body that he is seeking to join is little short of refreshing. Also bracing was that Brat’s contention was cast in bipartisan — or, rather, nonpartisan — terms. First, he asked whether his audience was happy to trust the extraordinary power of the government to the temporary custody of the Right or Left. Then he suggested that anybody who “answered ‘no’ to either question” could well find themself with “a major problem in the future.” In doing so, he joined a long line of forward-looking Americans who have, in Edmund Burke’s felicitous phrase, tended not to “judge of an ill principle in government only by an actual grievance,” but have been disposed instead to “anticipate the evil, and judge of the pressure of the grievance by the badness of the principle.” The colonists, Burke espied, “augur misgovernment at a distance; and snuff the approach of tyranny in every tainted breeze.” So, too, the architects of the nation. It was evident in the late 18th century that despotism was a perennial prospect, and, as Brat hints, the horrors of the 20th century should have served only to amplify that trepidation.
to be fair to him, the essay is available behind a pay wall, so there are only summaries and partial quotes.
that said, I think its odd that he'd claim that the government holds a monopoly on violence and in the same essay reference the founding fathers who fought a revolution with violence.
(our own generation is, of course, on-par-with-the-fathers-revolutionary because we've got the internets! and blogs! and social media! somewhere, close by, Bambi is being lashed on a forum and somewhere else George Bush is being blamed. Washington and Jefferson would have been great Twitterers!).
Brat's not saying anything except some trite half-truths. If you don't pay your taxes the IRS will pull down your house. Thanks, Col. Obvious.
He rails against the overwhelming power of government, but he's not saying, even quixotically, that the best solution would be to tear down the IRS, end this charade of a grossly unrepresentative government, start over, pick up a rock or a rifle (like the founding fathers did against long odds and a professional military adversary).
No, instead, he wants to join Congress, the same entity that wrote the Internal Revenue Code. He's a cog in the system that allows you to believe you have a meaningful choice by sending this tool instead of that tool to D.C., all the while deflecting the possibility of stopping this insanity. But he'll be different. right?
He may well be a man of high moral principles, like Burke. Consider: Burke's efforts at colonial reform and articulating a moral foundation for the Empire are well known. But why didn't he ask by what moral right should the East India Company rule India in the first place and think that reform of the Company, not liberation of India, was the answer? Because he was a tool of the system that perpetuated this injustice. I expect Brat, albeit a lesser light, to be no different than Cantor or the demoncraptic candidate because these people are playing the game, and one of the rules of the game is that meaningful choice is an illusion. He's the great white hope for people who think the system can be reformed, but it can't be fixed, its irretrievably broken. Note: India still blew up 60 years after Burke's death.
Frigate gets the thread winner award for this;
"...hope for people who think the system can be reformed, but it can't be fixed, its irretrievably broken."
Anyone who believes that America will vote her way out of the muck, is delusional. Set aside all the lies and widespread corruption of the current regime and consider the following.
$17 Trillion can not be repaid and that is just the tip of the iceberg. Any nation that does not control its monetary policy can not navigate its destiny.
A growing (at an exponential rate) police state (yeah, yeah, I have been told before that this is not a police state. That we must look to places like N.Korea and China to see a real police state). To anyone making that assertion should open their eyes.
A virtual open borders policy flooding the nation with illegal criminals.
The ability to produce the necessary goods for a real economy, gone to foreign shores.
An education system that does not educate, but instead indoctrinates youth to the glorious achievements of global Marxism.
And a system of "representative governance" that does not, all add up to a death spiral into the trash bin of history.
Throughout human history, empires have risen and empires have fallen. Never has there been a single instance in which the decline had been reversed. Never.
"Never has there been a single instance in which the decline had been reversed. Never."
Sadly that statement says it all. Even if you were to find an instance where the decline was reversed it would take little away from the truth of that statement. However; That was then and this is now. It's not as though millions of us are unaware of the decline and the reasons for the decline. In ancient history few people were informed. It's not as though millions of us do not know what we should/must do to reverse the decline. In the past it was common that only the elite leaders "knew" what to do. We could turn this around and in fact we must. But sadly I do not think we will.