Thursday, January 10, 2008

A Political Rant

2008 is going to be a miserable year. Why? It's a presidential election year. I'm sick to death already of the endless political coverage, er, bantering and bickering, and for what? Politicians, every single one of them, is a sinful human being who presses an agenda entirely his or her own, and especially so once they take office. Nothing of any substance ever gets done by them, except when by executive orders they end up costing human lives, or I suppose when they appoint judges (although the outcome of those choices is unforeseeable and often disappointing).

The only sensible thing we could have done with politicians as a people would have been to follow our country's libertarian roots and kept them relatively powerless compared to our power to make personal choices. That ship dropped it's mooring lines in 1913 with the enactment of the 16th Amendment, and set sail with the election of FDR and the advent the socially insecure system. Now, too sizable a chunk of our personal assets are confiscated by those politicians for us not to be dependent on them, and they'll tell us anything to get hold of those purse strings. So much for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness!

Since we don't have the sense nor the political will as a people to set short term limits for these flawed individuals, let me suggest the consideration of a voting strategy that I'm beginning to think might be the only political hope for this country. Let's call it, hmmm, let me see... the "vote the bums out" strategy. It's an elegant and simple system sure to keep politicians from insulting our intelligence, testing our patience, and bringing anymore ruin to this once great society.

If they're in office vote for the other guy. Regardless of whether mayor, councilman, judge, sheriff, dogcatcher, and especially so, if congressman, senator or president-- VOTE THE BUMS OUT!

Why listen to double-talk about issues and policies, programs and plans? They never live up to it anyhow. Keep them from doing anymore damage or getting anymore corrupted by the system. Do them and us a favor-- VOTE THE BUMS OUT!

Why make election season a non-stop cacophony of endless, mind-numbing babble? The talking heads, the supposedly neutral arbiters, the boring politicos. There would be no market for such a waste of human resources, talents and time, if we'd just VOTE THE BUMS OUT!

I wish I couldn't say that I'm at least half serious about this, but I am! At least close to half. ;-) Politicians are not our saviors, perhaps they should be our pariahs. Regardless, Christ is our source and supply, and the devil's under our feet. As for these public servants, let them serve and then get on to something truly productive. I think we'd all be better served if they did!

I'm Stephen Winters and I approve this message.


The Seeking Disciple said...

Good post. I agree.

Anonymous said...

Slw - I somewhat understand your frustration with the political system. After all it is a man made system. God told us what would happen if we preferred a King like all the others had. But the poeple had to have a King, enter King Saul. I know we do not have a King here in the USA but we do have a man made political system that has many flaws. And it can be quite furstrating. However I refuse to believe that 2008 is going to be a miserable year. In fact I believe just the opposite. It is going to be great in 2008. Why? Because we do serve the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords and we have nothing to fear. And we have no reason to be "sick to death". We the body of Christ can rejoice even though all that surrounds us is gloom and despair.We have the ability to change things by calling out to our Lord in prayer and seeking Him for direction. If we will humble ourselves then we will hear from heaven. Rest assurred that not all those in politics are "bums". But go ahead and vote the "bunms out" and pray the annointed of God in. God still has a man for any leadership position. You are absolutely right our Lord is our source even in the darkest hour.

So my dear brother keep proclaiming the truth of God's Word and having done all stand therefore, with your feet and your faith firmly planted on His Word.

And just is case your wondering, my wife approved this message!!

SLW said...

Don't worry, I'm not overly frustrated or ready to recoil into a cave ruing the failed experiment of American democracy. This is just a rant, merely a sardonic verbal release of emotional pressure.

The republican form of government as practiced in the U.S. is, imho, the best form of government ever practiced on the face of the earth. It has it's flaws as any human endeavor does, but its merits are obvious. Those merits, however are coopted to one degree or another by what has come to be the practice of it in our day. My opinion is that political parties, unlimited taxation, government payments to people or institutions not for the direct purchase of a good or service, and terms of office simultaneously too short and too long have undermined the very promise of our democracy. None of those things are ever likely too change, so a practical solution that limits the damage is for the voters to impose a revolving door on all elected offices. Unfortunately, that won't effect federal judges (how I wish they were subject to limited terms!) but it may cause those who appoint and confirm to behave a little better in the selection process.

An attitude not uncommon among the founding fathers was the notion of citizen service rather career politics. If we can't muster the agreement to enforce the concept in our governing documents, the next best thing is to make it a matter of practical reality by VOTING THE BUMS OUT!

The Seeking Disciple said...

I do believe that the founding fathers of the United States would be opposed to our government today. It seemed to me that they wanted less government and to be free from governmental interference in people's lives yet today the government is growing larger and larger.

I too am not political per se but I do believe that both the Republicans and Democrats sound like they are in favour of more government than less. McCain seems to favour smaller government but his views on other issues is alarming. I would love to see a US President who would do two things: Smaller government and balance the budget with line item vetos.