“The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations.” – Thomas Jefferson
Now I can breathe. For just a second I worried. I worried that perhaps the moneyed interests of the hateful and repressive, those that would be willing to forsake liberty for a job would forever influence the role of this great Democratic-Republican process. Election Day is a sacred trust, and for another season that trust was ensured by the American people who decided that extreme outside spending opposing the sitting president would not decide this election. See, this is the embodiment of what President Jefferson meant by moneyed incorporations and at this time it is best to remember who fought for those who would trash democracy, and for those who would fight for it. In politics money truly is at the root of all evil, for it is a conspirator’s game, and conspirators rarely ever have the best interests of anyone but themselves at heart.
That being said, it is worth noting that narratives play a larger role in this democratic republic than legislation, and an incorrect narrative, paired with a conspirators agenda, gets to the very soul of all that is wrong with politics. Because, for all the talk of shrinking government, reducing spending, creating jobs, protecting liberty and promoting moral causes the current conservative wing of the Republican Party is more than willing to increase the areas of government it sees fit to allow and profit from, reduce spending in areas that they cannot profit from, while increasing spending in areas that they can, create jobs overseas where is cheaper to do so, only protect the liberties of those who would follow in their treat and promote moral causes that bring votes to the ballot box. For once in my life I am so disgusted by the tactics and intentions of one political wing, under a common political banner, that I am willing to go on record with my disdain. Those who know me well know me to not speak ill of anyone. If you really know me politically, I’m a straight shot down the middle. November 7, 2012 Conservatives will no doubt blame any number of reasons for why they lost the Senate seats that they thought they had, or the General Election that they thought was all but won. In reality, it was because of their extremity they lost and they have no one to blame but themselves.
To be fair I do not mean every Republican, and I certainly do not mean everyone who voted for Governor Romney. Everyone is entitled to their vote and their beliefs. That is what makes this country so beautiful. However, when your vote and your beliefs are cast in a manner unconstitutional you believe and you vote in a way that demeans everything the founders set out to accomplish. An accomplishment stated simply, yet elegantly by a one James Madison in the most beautiful opening paragraph, of one of the most beautiful documents ever written…
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
A general follow of this blog knows me to love that paragraph. They are so few words, yet words that have such great power, and whose crafters are so often disserved through unintelligent insight undeserved. In specific to this posting, “Secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.” See, when you vote to suppress the liberties of others, when you enact actions set to repress the liberties of others, when your beliefs are beset with the repression of the liberties of others, then you commit an unconstitutional act…The unconstitutional act, and that cannot go tolerated.
So yes, Democracy lives, because for one more election the repressive acts of a moneyed interest, and the actions of the moneyed interest to gather the votes necessary to enact their will, were defeated.
All week I will be exploring some of the facets of this election that I was able to objectively observe, because I believe some intelligence and heightened conversation need to be brought to these topics. I thank you for reading, and I invite you to follow along all week. The next installment will focus on rousing the electorate around messages of doom and hate, and then reassigning the blame to fit the narrative.