by Brad Nelson 10/29/13 • One of the most consistent voices of wisdom has been Thomas Sowell. He has rightly been called America’s premier philosopher, although his specialty is economics. Sowell gives a little more blunt American wisdom in his latest article, Throw the Rascals Out?:
In other words, we need to think about what there is about current political practices that repeatedly bring to power such a counterproductive set of people. Those we call “public servants” have in fact become public masters. And they act like it.
They squander ever more vast amounts of our tax money, and still leave trillions of dollars of national debt to be paid by our children and grandchildren. They intrude into our private lives with ever more restrictions, red tape and electronic surveillance. And they turn different groups of Americans against each other with class warfare rhetoric and policies.
None of this is inevitable. In fact, this pattern is largely the culmination of political trends set in motion during the 1930s, and reaching a climax today. During the 1920s, the national debt was reduced and the role of government scaled back. Unemployment went as low as 1.8 percent.
Sowell also recommends term limits, an idea that I wholeheartedly agree with. Sowell also notes the changing relationship between the citizen and what this behemoth state has become:
The United States was not founded by career politicians but by people who took time out from their regular professions to serve during a crucial time in the creation of a new nation, and a new kind of nation in a world ruled by kings and emperors.
In the nineteenth century, there was a high rate of turnover in members of Congress. Many people went to Washington to serve one term in Congress, then returned to their home state to resume their lives as private citizens.
The rise of the permanent political class in Washington came with the rise of a vast government apparatus with unprecedented amounts of money and power to control and corrupt individuals, institutions and the fabric of the whole society.
The first giant steps in this direction were taken in the 1930s, when the Great Depression provided the rationale for a radically expanded role of government that Franklin D. Roosevelt and his followers had believed in before there was a Great Depression.
The sad fact is that our children (and ourselves!) are not being taught this history. Instead, they’re being propagandized into a toxic stew of “Progressive”/Marxist mush. How do we get people to wake up? Well, that’s not an easy question. And I, frankly, do not expect people to wake up. I think we are right now undergoing an inalterable dissolution of our society.
But if there is hope, it is because people such as Thomas Sowell keep telling it like it is.
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