Post 19: Spit Wads


The Democrats are banning chocolate milk.

The Republicans are buying elections.

The Liberals are regulating our carbon footprint.

The Conservatives are lining the pockets of the rich at the expensive of the poor.

Back and forth we go.  In fact we don’t even stop to consider the other position.  They issue their sound bite and we respond with our own riveting point without listening or in most cases without relevance to the others persons statement.  And then we have the moral equivalency argument,

“The Democrats have created an enormous deficit that can’t be sustained.”

“Oh yea? What about the deficits created by Ronald Reagan? Tell me about that?”

Back and forth without making any progress in understanding.  Meanwhile Rome continues to burn.

I’m old enough to remember this but there may be some too young to know about spit wads.  I’m certain that it is politically incorrect to have kids shot spit wads at each other but when I was a kid it was an accepted way to have fun especially on a hot spring day in English class.  Spit wads are small scraps of paper that you moisten in your mouth and roll into tiny balls that can be shot through a straw at other kids in the class, especially the  good looking girls.

Now I personally liked pea shooters better but the peas were too hard and could actually hurt someone, not that I would have considered that at the time.  Plus you usually had to buy the peas and that just wasn’t convenient.  No, spit wads were a better deal because you could make them when needed and when the opportunity arose, as long as you had the straw handy, and what young boy didn’t have a straw tucked into the spin of his notebook?

I’d sit at the back of the class and when the teacher would turn his or her back I’d launch a wad at Rod, Jim or Scott, depending on who wasn’t paying attention.  If on target they would make a sound when hit and then the teacher would whirl around in a vain attempt to catch us in our play.  Naturally the teacher wasn’t successful and would eventually turn back to the chalkboard and continue the lesson.  That’s when the return volley would be launched and we’d go back and forth like that through the entire class.

Lately, as I have conversations with co-workers, listen to talk radio or watch TV news programs, the juvenile image of the spit wad fight comes to mind.  The only difference is back in the day we were having fun, now with these political spit wad fights we’re just trading spit and not solving the critical problems of our time.

Is it any more than a spit wad if I share on Facebook charts that illustrate how Federal spending programs match up and the first response I get back is a judgement about the source?  Or a comment that suggests that I haven’t read enough alternative thinking on the subject.  STOP!  I challenge us all to stop the spit wad fights, stop being defensive or arrogant and start discussing the challenges and find solutions.

Take the economy and deficits for example.  How do we solve the current problem of trillion dollar deficits by arguing that the previous administrations and Congresses were equally guilty of spending like drunken sailors?

Spit wad fight!

Wouldn’t we be better off as a nation if we’d talk about federal spending and whether or not we are getting any value for the spending and can we actually afford the programs?  Let’s get to the point where we can agree that spending less or equal to what we take in is a value worth pursuing.  Unfortunately I believe that the answer is no.  We’d all rather shoot spit wads, especially if we’re not taking the time to research the issue and to formulate our own understanding of the issues.

“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.” Thomas Jefferson

As a starting point for encouraging a productive dialog and to give us all a better chance to solve the critical challenges that face us I respectfully ask you to consider and answer the following questions:

  1. Do you believe in the rule of law?
  2. If yes, do you believe that the U.S. Constitution is the basis for the rule of law?
  3. If yes, do you understand that the U.S. Constitution limits the purpose and power of the the Federal government (Enumerated Powers, Article I Section 8)?
  4. If yes, do the enumerated powers of the federal government include power over education, energy or healthcare just to name a few?

The answer to this last question is no!  Defense is enumerated in the Constitution, but health care, education and energy are not mentioned and are therefore the expressed responsibility of local governments (Amendment X)!

The fundamental founding principle of this great country is limited government so that the citizens are empowered to pursue life, liberty and happiness.  This was a huge departure from all other forms of governance before and since the American Revolution.  The Founders valued the individual spirit and provided a structure for the citizen to succeed or fail based on their own efforts.  There was to be no authoritarian ruling class.  The citizens ruled the country through their elected representatives!

Therefore, if we can’t agree on the four questions posed above, then we will stay mired in an endless spit wad fight and our liberty, freedom and prosperity will be lost.  Every ideological argument we have today, nationalized health care, energy regulations, federal education bureaucracies, etc can be distilled to this one point, “Are these powers granted to the Federal Government by the Constitution?”  If not, then these programs should be immediately ripped from the Federal budget and turned back to the States and local governments.  We need to challenge every single Federal program so that we can turn back the creeping tide of big government socialism and return to the government that made this the greatest country on the planet.

“I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.” Thomas Jefferson

The problem we face today is that there are no unbiased sources for educating the citizens to limit the power of government.  In fact our public education system is fundamentally altering the teaching of history to the point where our children have no idea what the American Revolution was about and what this experiment in self-rule is all about.  If we believe in the miracle of the U.S. Constitution and the limited government it defines then we need to be citizen warriors working together to teach our fellow citizens, and especially our children about the responsibility they have for the success of this country.  They must be taught that the Government is not here to take care of their needs, the citizen is responsible!

I own that as I was growing up, especially during my early adult life I didn’t pay attention to what was happening in Washington D.C.  I abdicated my power to the career politicians that I blindly voted for each election.  No more!  I’m fiercely dedicated to restoring the founding principles of this nation and dismantling the social engineering that has undermined the power of the citizen.

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” Ronald Reagan

My challenge to us all is to embrace the genius of the Founding Fathers in their wisdom to limit government and to empower the citizen.  Evaluate every program, issue and discussion against the U.S.Constitution and empower our families and friends to take responsibility for their own life, liberty and happiness!

No more spit wad fights, please.

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