That’s Not Even a Thing

Unfortunately, the POTUS race for 2020 is starting to heat up as Democratic contenders begin to form their teams and begin their campaigns. It is going to shape up to be a very interesting couple of years while the Democrats slug it out to determine just how insane they can prove to be. The media will have their favorites and promote them at every turn, making sure they don’t sound as insane as they really are, and in the end the candidate of choice on the left will be the person who is voted most likely to wear a Che Guevara t-shirt and identify as a privileged millionaire elitist entitled victim of Western culture.

The only thing that won’t be discussed this election cycle (because it never is), is the actual role of government according to the founding principles of the United States of America. I recently read John Locke’s treatise on civil government and he summarizes the initial intention of American government as, “A right of making laws with penalties of death, and consequently all less penalties, for the regulating and preserving of property, and of employing the force of the community, in the execution of such laws, and in the defense of the commonwealth from foreign injury; and all this only for the public good.” In other words, government’s purpose goes no further than to protect life, property rights, individual and national liberty, and the pursuit of life as one sees fit, so long as it does not infringe on the rights of others. Simple, common sense principles, if you ask me.

But it’s 2019, and we are far from simple and common sense. Instead of figuring out just how committed candidates are to preserving these precious, natural rights, the discussion usually tends toward finding out just how radical a democrat can be. They call it progressive, but anybody with two brain cells can read between the lines. It was not so long ago that it would have been unfathomable that self-proclaimed socialists would be sitting members of congress and that their ideas would be promoted and endorsed by presidential hopefuls. But little-by-little, the government has grown in size and scope. Now there are actual discussions about eliminating natural rights, not preserving them. The most talked about agenda items are all entitlement programs, and there are very few politicians or journalists willing to stand up and say, “That’s not even a thing!” At least, they’re not supposed to be a thing. Unfortunately, they’ve become so big of a thing that we’re at $22,000,000,000,000 of national debt and counting to keep the thing running. That’s a lot of zeroes.

If the Republicans were smart in the run up to 2020–and that’s a big if, I realize–they would just put themselves on repeat to say, “You may not like us, but look at these crazy people and the insane things they’re proposing! Do you know what that will mean for your family and how much it’s going to cost you?” But they won’t do that. Like always, the Republicans will be roped into moving further to the left and compromise on proposals that use taxpayer dollars to fund some of the most insane ideas on the planet. They say they want less government, but then they pass unbalanced budgets, continue to fund and propose entitlement programs, ramp up foreign aid, add more levels of bureaucracy, and strengthen the executive branch of government right alongside their supposed political opponents.

The thing the US was supposed to be is the only thing that isn’t really a thing anymore, and yet we are still the greatest nation in the history of the world. How long can we keep it that way? I think the clock is ticking.