By Ron Lee
We were granted the best form of government ever provided a civilization in all of history, laid out in the most perfect of documents, the Constitution. Its price was the blood of hundreds of thousands – millions if you count all of the wars since our birth as a nation – and what have we done with it? We have eroded its purity by heaping hundreds of years of bureaucracy onto it. What was once a functional republic is now a system of administrative rules and regulations, kings demands (executive orders) and non-representative legality; it is taxation without representation and limits where there should be liberties. We have at last become the Great Systemic Dysfunction, and we are just a stone’s throw away from becoming an epic failure of the ages.
Crime, Corruption, Illegal Immigration, Injustice, Meth (drugs), and the sudden plunge toward Socialism are all symptoms of our society’s and our government’s dysfunction. The reasons for these dysfunctions are simple, yet so insanely positioned in front of our faces they are often over-looked. For it could not be that ultimately insidious, or could it? From the dawn of time these reasons have been the very downfall of man; wealth and power.
But how is the plague of drug addiction, especially that of Meth, endemic to this Great Systemic Dysfunction? Or, corruption? Or, illegal immigration? Simple. They make people wealthy. They give people authority. They drive the economy toward more government control with the people crying for more and still more protection. We all know protection comes at a cost. However, the average citizen of a 100-years ago – when the tide really turned against us for the sake of a more “secure” monetary system (1913, the establishment of the Federal Reserve) – didn’t realize then they would be selling their great, great grandchildren, and theirs, into indentured servitude. The lawmakers knew though. They knew that by taking the wealth from the people and giving it to an independent organization for better control it would mean they would have almost unlimited power.
So, are you still confused as to how Meth has anything to do with this? Or, illegal immigration for that matter? Okay, let’s start with Meth. It is analogous to the prohibition of alcohol from 1920 to 1933. People in the community know it is there, they see its affects in the gaunt, twitching faces of those strung-out by this ugly man-made poison. They see that crimes like burglary and theft become rampant, committed by individuals seeking to score their next high. And what is the solution offered by sheriffs and police chiefs? Tax levies and taxing districts to bring on more personnel to treat the symptoms caused by the disease that is Meth addiction. More rooms in the jail are required, they say, all the while the cause is virtually ignored.
I offered my opinion once to a friend running for sheriff. I told him that if the sheriff’s department were to put 2 deputies on the collection of evidence of Meth related activities, especially that of cooking and distribution, for a period of 2-months they would collect enough information to ask for warrants on all of the Meth producers and many of the distributors in the area – just by talking with the residents of the community. Once acquiring the warrants, call out the National Guard. In one weekend every single one of those locations and individuals would be rounded up. I told him that this would send a clear message of intolerance, and that it would result in a drastic decline in lesser crimes. But like doctors, sheriffs, too, treat symptoms and not diseases. They would rather fight the pettiness and ask for expanded powers and staff.
The problem isn’t the police chiefs or sheriffs, nor is it the district attorneys who offer plea bargains for lesser offenses just to show they have high conviction rates on their books when it comes time to ask for more money, staff, or to be re-elected. The problem is us. We keep asking for their protection instead of demanding their action!
Do you really think Meth-heads are going to stick around in a community where they are going to be raided by the National Guard and actually sent to prison, instead of released on lesser charges? No! Come on! Meth-heads are already freakishly paranoid! But our illustrious leaders would have us think that the local pot-head is the root of all evil. Really? They just want to sit around, laugh and snack on Cheetos! Their real crime is that they pay fine after fine, and that makes them indespensible to the money-hungry “justice” system. Are you starting to see the picture?
Like I mentioned earlier, Meth is just like Prohibition. When alcohol was made illegal, it was the justice system that profited and there was a huge increase in the size of this monster. So, too, has it increased under the guise of the war on drugs.
Illegal immigrants are the Meth of society. So indispensable have illegals become to the financial bottom-line, our federal government is even fighting Arizona to keep from having to enforce their own immigration laws! Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has grown to huge proportions. Pulled under the umbrella of Homeland Security, this agency only operates because illegal immigration is tolerated, dare I say welcomed, by the same government officials who have sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution and the laws established for our common good.
Now please don’t take my above comment to be racist. It is not my fault that when talk is had about illegal immigrants Mexicans get upset. The simple fact is that most illegal immigrants happen to be Mexican. That is a fact and is not open to rhetorical debate. I love all people; all of humanity. But, I am intolerant of people flocking to this country who don’t go through the process of legal immigration. Is the system broken? Yes! There shouldn’t be a 100-year waiting list to get in! Should illegals be granted amnesty? No! They should be expedited out of this country! We should defend our borders with ferocity, for there are too many individuals out there who would like to do us harm. Our system has become beholden to feelings and interpretations. It is no longer the measure of right and wrong, moral and immoral. This is why tolerance is taught, and intolerance is deemed racist.
The financial game of protection filters into every aspect of our daily lives. If you want to start a business, build a home, even expand on the home you have, or even simply install a new fireplace you need licenses and permits, and are subject to potential inspection. Really? If I want to make a home that could fall down on me because I cut cost-corners, then I deserve to be smashed! Do you really think people want to install a fireplace that will burn their house down? No! But government regulation is there with their hand out for all the necessary fees to fund their ever-expanding agencies.
We have allowed our government to become a system devoted to its own existence, and it is hungry to be more. It wants wealth, and it wants power, and left to its own existing devices, it will have both.
To think it has our best interests in mind is the true definition of being niave.
The answer is absolute accountability to cure the diseases, rather than treat the symptoms, of everything that plagues us; for should we be cured, we would no longer need big government, and liberty and justice would prevail.
For those who think the government is there to provide for you, mark my words, it will only allow you to suckle on it for so long before it asks you to feed it! And, that will mark the end of this great experiment. We will become just another oppressed group of citizens, endlessly providing for those that would rule us and not represent us.
So what say you? Do we keep the experiment going? Or, do we simply become the most epic of failures? If you don’t speak now, I fear you will never be heard and our great US of A will blink out of existence, never to be experimented with again.