on a literal odyssey
I’m like you. I’m frustrated with American politics—absolutely frustrated.
I don’t know what I would call the “tipping point.” Maybe it has something to do with the fiscal cliff—the fact that congress had over a year to solve the inherent problems with this fiscal “crisis” but they put it off to worry about their own elections. Now, teetering on the brink, they’re attempting to shove through a bill that we (the people) haven’t had time to review.
On the other hand, they had no trouble giving themselves a pay raise. With an 18% approval rating (not to mention those soaring deficits that Republicans keep screaming about) I find it hard to imagine why they deserve a pay raise instead of a pay decrease. Corruption, anyone?
But hey, my frustration with American politics isn’t purely about Republicans. Let’s be bipartisan here. Who can forget Hillary Clinton’s convenient ”concussion” at a time when she would be and should be questioned about the Benghazi scandal. Fortunately, Secretary Clinton is expected “to make a full recovery.” Just in time for the 2016 election, no doubt. I’m certain that her
deception condition won’t affect her ability to serve as President (sounds like another Clinton I know…).
Be that as it may, I could typically shrug off those things as “politics as usual” were it not for what happened to my sister last week. Born with mild cerebral palsy, my forty-year old sister Shannon acts and behaves as sweetly and as innocently as a little child. As she and my mother came to visit for the holidays, Shannon was “selected” by airport security for additional searches—in a room. Fortunately, the TSA officers allowed my mother to accompany Shannon (who was terrified), but her experience was nevertheless humiliating and scarring. She was very uncomfortable about going back to the airport.
While some would argue that we must surrender a degree of our liberties to ensure security, I would argue that in doing so we make ourselves as cattle. We are given food, land, healthcare, and security—but at the cost of enslavement. As Benjamin Franklin so eloquently stated, “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
Lately, America has been moving beyond the bar of “politics as usual.” With overwhelming Federal spending, a spike in class warfare, a heightened state of security and surveillance, drone attacks, indefinite detentions, and a sickening foreign policy, all while living in a state of perpetual war, we’ve drifted far from the foundational principles of our Constitution.
I side with Ron Paul when I say “Enough is Enough!”