Friday, November 16, 2012

Self-Created Societies

From the beginning our nation and our very security and liberty had to contend with what Madison termed “factions”. Factions are groups of citizens forming together to advance their own causes regardless of any overall effect on the rest of the citizenry. This practice began as soon as our fledgling nation was born. One of the major reasons we are founded as a Constitutional Republic rather than an actual Democracy is that adage which says “Democracy is 3 wolves and a sheep deciding what’s for dinner””. That a minority will find itself at a distinct disadvantage and there is not just a risk but a certainty that sooner or later a majority will encroach on the liberty and rights of a minority. Hence, the reason for the structure of our government with 3 branches checking each other and representing the interest of the people, the states and the nation as a whole.

 In a letter to Thomas Jefferson, November 30, 1794 James Madison was describing what he called “a critical situation”. “Dear Sir, The attack on the most sacred principle of our Constitution and of Republicanism, has given rise to much discussion in the House of Representatives, and has left us in a critical situation.” Madison had warned in Federalist 10 of the danger of “factions” and in this letter I find the use of a term that further describes these factions, that is “self-created societies.”

 If you think about it that accurately describes a plethora of self serving organizations today for, what else are these thousands of groups who constantly lobby the Congress if not self-created societies. Our society in the 1700’s formed our government and declared it was “In order to form a more perfect union”. What has happened is, after 225 years or so we have see these self-created societies proliferate to a point where they have refined the influence peddling to an art. Self-created societies has exercised localized power and influence (read paid money) over politicians in such an organized fashion as to set policy and law affecting the millions upon millions of Americans, many of whom, don’t even know who they are. We have all heard about the ADA, NAACP, AARP and the larger groups but there are likely thousands of such groups crawling all over K St. in Washington spreading money and influence among the insatiable politicians who spend more time raising money than representing the people. In the letter I spoke of Mr. Madison said. “If the people of America are so far degenerated already as not to see, or to see with indifference, that the citadel of their liberties is menaced by the precedent before their eyes, they require abler advocates than they now have to save them from the consequences.” He also indicated that the methods of these self-created societies though not illegal, “contributed by their proceedings to mislead the weak and ignorant.”

 So here we have Madison a supporter of a Republic describing the battles on the floor with those who prefer strict Democracy. Many today simply don’t know the difference and constantly refer to our Republic as our democracy when making reference to America. What they mean is democratic principles upon which our Republic is based. This basic principles are long forgotten by many today and the only reason I can think of is they have never had the proper instruction. The reason for not getting the proper instruction is, the teachers themselves don’t understand any of this as they were not taught. After all, these Democratic societies have had over 200 years to work the floor.

 I have obvious issues with the current Democrat party because it is made up of these self-created societies. Republicanism is barely recognizable in today’s Republican Party for the simple reason that over the years it has slowly suffered the encroachment of its own brand of the aforementioned Democratic Societies. The House and Senate is filled with politicians sent to Washington by this multitude of self-created societies all seeking advantage for themselves to the detriment of the nation and the rest of the citizens. Much of this has as its root the discovery that through the office or our lawmakers, wealth can be extracted from the average citizen and transferred to the pocket of individuals leading or founding these self-created societies.

 I write these words as an exercise for myself in order to understand how we as a nation have come to this point. It’s by no means any in-depth study but simply one man’s attempt to understand what really happened and what chance there is to leave a nation somewhat intact for my descendants to enjoy as I have. I guess it’s the old cop in me that requires nothing more than simple truth and clarity in the thought process.

I Guess Cultural Marxist Piss me off

Thesis to antithesis to synthesis………dialectic Each time synthesis is achieved it "generate[s] new internal contradictions, and then a further resolution" Result is continuous crisis and continuous resolution required. Seems screwed up to me resulting in an endless dialogue among members of society of which there are as many opinions as there are participants. We see it every day with the cultural Marxist never being satisfied and always finding that someone has more than he so back into this useless endless loop. Marxism and socialism certainly must be based on the jealousy of men.

 This must be the reason I become so frustrated and angry with socialist as practically all of them employ this methodology as though it was a hereditary trait. In order to facilitate the promulgation of this most annoying cult of Marx may become what the leftist call facilitators. Many of our young become facilitators without even knowing it since most of these issues appeal to matter of the heart as opposed to those of the head.

 Sure, no decent human would relish in the suffering of another but the truth is any one of us would exhaust every waking moment and everything we have to the point of self destruction and still not make a noticeable difference in the condition of the majority of the less fortunate. In the meantime, if left alone to pursue one’s own interest the majority of mankind would first secure the basic needs and safety of himself and family and then a portion of the excess results of his labor would be freely used to help those he feels deserve his attention. This wealth/safety building effect would exponentially and eventually become wide spread and the most people would be able to participate in the process.

 Now, granted the competition on a planet with limited resources naturally results in winners and losers but from natures standpoint is that necessarily a bad thing?