FROM “IN DEFENSE OF RURAL AMERICA”
by Ron Ewart, ©2016, President, NARLO
In reality, only 11 states will cinch an election for president. With the exception of California, Nevada and Colorado, the other eight states determining the presidential election exist in the eastern half of the United States. The people in the other 38 states might as well stay home.
The eastern half of the United States, because of the density of population, has evolved into socialist states because of that density. The original thirteen colonies that started this experiment have all morphed into democratic socialist states, thus giving rise to a Bernie Sanders. High-density urban cities are hopeless centers of interminable dependency on government. Dependent people vote for the party that will allow them to remain dependent. Over 100 years ago, one party determined that its path to perpetual political power would be determined by how many votes they could buy with public dollars, without any regard to constitutional limitations. The vast number of dependent Americans who exist in America today illustrate that party’s huge success.
The Heritage Foundation, in a November 2013 article, stated: “The great and calamitous fiscal trends of our time—dependence on government by an increasing portion of the American population, and soaring debt that threatens the financial integrity of the economy—worsened yet again in 2011 and 2012. This rise in government dependence happened despite the nation undergoing an economic recovery after the economic collapse of 2008 and 2009. The United States has reached the point at which it must reverse the direction of both trends or eventually face economic and social collapse.”
But this is hardly a new warning. Treasury Secretary William E. Simon wrote a book in 1980, 36 years ago, entitled “A Time For Action,” and in that book he warned of what would happen if the welfare state were allowed to continue unabated. Even under Republican presidents, the welfare state has grown. Under Democrat presidents the welfare state has grown exponentially to the largest of all welfare programs, ObamaCare. Democrats passed ObamaCare in 2009 without a single Republican vote.
Listening to Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders during the current presidential election cycle, their vision is to expand the welfare state even more, without regard to how to pay for it, except by increasing the national debt and taxing the rich and the middle class into oblivion. Do Democrats or socialists really care about the plight of the poor, disadvantaged, the disaffected and minority groups? YOU ARE delusional if you believe that. The votes from these constituency groups are only a path to Democrat political power.
According to the Census Bureau in 2012, 109,631,000 Americans lived in households that received benefits from one or more federally-funded “means-tested programs” — also known as welfare. That number represents 35.4% of the total population. Total benefit-takers, including Social Security and Medicare, amounts to 48.5% of the total population. With the addition of ObamaCare, Americans wholly or partially dependent on government, together with illegal aliens and asylum-seekers, are now well over 50% of the population. America has reached the point of no return, where there are not enough votes to restore it to the vision of the Founding Fathers no matter who becomes president.
Buried deep in the Census Bureau statistics you will find that 86,400,000 full-time private sector workers are supporting 148,000,000 benefit-takers, an astounding and unsustainable imbalance. Benefit-takers include government workers along with welfare, food stamp, Medicaid, Social Security and Medicare (veterans not included) recipients. Since income tax revenues can’t begin to cover these exploding costs, the government borrows the money against the income of future generations, thus creating a steadily rising, un-payable national debt.
Voters that are dependent on government will lobby heavily to maintain their benefits. Many well-funded, socialist, minority and immigrant organizations enhance that lobby. Any politician that even hints at undoing the welfare state or reforming Social Security starts losing votes by the tens of thousands immediately. President Bush the younger tried to tamper with Social Security in his last term. His initiatives were dead on arrival at Congress. Long-term Senator Slade Gorton of Washington State campaigned on reforming Social Security. He lost the election.
The unrelenting push by Progressives for the last 100 years to buy votes to stay in power has created a nation of takers. Nothing else could explain the huge popularity, especially among the younger set, of socialist Bernie Sanders who has promised the “moon” on the backs of the wealthy and middle class. Almost every American institution, including government offices, public schools, academia and the news media has been infected with this socialist mindset. Recent immigrants from foreign lands have added to this mindset because most of them come from impoverished, socialist countries.
The Democrat Party is and has been left of center for a very long time and the bar keeps moving left with every election cycle. In order to pander to the Bernie Sanders supporters, the Democrat Party has moved even further left to the point that the Democrat Party platform is now the most “Progressive” in the history of America.
Democrats and the machine behind them are so obsessed with maintaining political power, they engage in voter fraud and other tricks to skew the popular vote in their favor. Between voter registration fraud and bussing the poor and minorities to the polls who may or may not be registered voters, the Democrats have managed to control the entire election process for decades.
Even if conservative voters are successful in electing Donald Trump as president, it won’t change the Democrat/Socialist system that has been built up around the Progressive ideology. Democrats have wooed ethnic minorities for many decades, to the point that Blacks and Latinos owe their souls to the Democrat company store. Women, the elderly and the gay-transgender community have been bought off as well. Democrats have set their sights on destroying the Judeo-Christian ethic that built America and have systematically tried to tear it down from every conceivable angle.
Any constituency group that gets or wants something from government will ask the Democrats, and they will get it. Their votes keep the Democrats in power to continue this unconstitutional sham. Each year, more Americans get or want something from government and their vote is aligned with what they are getting from government, or what they want from government. If every American that could vote did vote, the Republican Party would cease to exist virtually overnight. In fact, the days of a conservative party in America dedicated to constitutional principles, less government, independence and self-reliance are numbered, that is until those 86 million workers supporting the other 148 million takers suddenly decide that enough is enough and put on the brakes. If there are more people in the cart than there are people pulling the cart, the cart will never make it up a hill.
So you can cast your vote for president this year, but you are delusional if you think it will change anything. No matter who is elected, the SYSTEM will not change, except under Hillary Clinton it will just get more entrenched. The SYSTEM is bigger and more powerful than the power of the people to change it because the power of the people is fragmented, divided and scattered to the four winds. Until the people coalesce around the foundation of freedom as they did in 1776, the SYSTEM will continue to govern and get more powerful. Right now the Democrat-Progressive ideology is the blood in the SYSTEM. The SYSTEM is in dire need of a blood-of-freedom transfusion and just voting each election cycle isn’t enough. As in 1776, only the blood from conflict, peaceful or otherwise, will provide the needed blood-of-freedom to provide that transfusion. We are not holding our breath in anticipation of this happening.
If you AGREE, let us hear from you.
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Ron Ewart, a nationally known author and speaker on freedom and property rights issues and author of this weekly column, “In Defense of Rural America,” is the president of the National Association of Rural Landowners (NARLO) (http://www.narlo.org/), a non-profit corporation headquartered in Washington State, an advocate and consultant for urban and rural landowners. He can be reached for comment at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.