Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Power Struggle?

Some pundits have recently explained that the overall distaste the majority of Americans feel toward the federal government is because it just seems that both parties are only interested in power. I agree.

However, the movement seen within the Republican Party, the tea party or the 9/12ers, differs from both parties in how it is devoid of power lust. Candidates born of this movement only seek positions in DC to see that the power in America stays where it belongs, with the people. They know that Washington is broken because the majority who serve there have usurped and continue to usurp power from the people in efforts to further their own reelections and to satisfy the wishes of lobbyists and big business. It's pretty simple, really. The incumbent receives huge campaign donations from the lobbyists who want to keep him or her there, and with those huge campaign contributions they crush the competition. It's classic win-win. The politicians keep their seats, and the lobbyists ensure that legislation passes to further the interests of the companies they represent.

Unlike conflict management as seen in "The Office," however, this is not a win-win-win situation. The politicians win, and the lobbyists win, but the people lose, and here's why. First of all, money is not a zero sum game in this country, but power is. The politicians and lobbyists don't create power out of nothing; they can only get it from the people. This power theft is exemplified by the unbridled spending of both parties. They have enslaved us and future generations with unprecedented amounts of debt, and all of you with personal debt know what's like to be a slave to your monthly payments, right? Well the government maxed out our nation's credit cards long ago, and they continue to grant themselves greater limits. But they keep maxing them out with each extension.

This problem will ruin this nation, and as far as I can see, none in either party will have a solution so long as they remain corrupted.

This new grassroots movement, however . . .