Local view: How should U.S. respond to deep debt?Cause of debt is hard for Tea Party to swallow
By: Vern Simula, Duluth News Tribune
I admire the Tea Party folks for their passion to change things, for their commitment to their values and for their strong voice in the public arena. In fact, I’m rather envious of the Tea Party folks, those “mad-as-hellers” enraged at how much our government spends, money it
Tea Partiers don’t seem to like the tyranny we’re forced to live under, a tyranny where someone far removed, like the King of England in the old days, makes the decisions on tax policies and regulations. This tyranny is depriving us from our liberty and freedom to determine what’s best for us, we the people.
So now the question: Who or what is this current-day King of England? Who’s the invisible power taxing us to death and squandering our money for the well-connected?
Some Tea Party folks, like many conservatives, blame big, tax-and-spend, left-wing liberals.
But that’s too simplistic.
Consider that our out-of-control federal government is sickened with diseases of spending, power, hypocrisy and partisanship, chronically infecting both Republicans and Democrats. Without a strong antibiotic of common sense, the legislative process will continue to fester, perpetuating expensive, often-bloated, often-unneeded or even unrequested programs. Pork-barreling and earmarking have gone viral in both parties. Thus, it’s too simplistic to think we can solve the tyranny problem if we just get the Democrats out of there.
Consider also that our government (both parties as well as present and past administrations) is in “cahoots” with powerful, special-
interest groups. You name it: Big Wall Street, Big Oil, Big Pharma, Big Agri-business or Big Insurance. During our recent wars, Halliburton; Blackwater; and Kellogg, Brown and Root bamboozled us out of billions and billions of dollars, much of it with no-bid, cost-plus contracts, with some bills inflated and some money simply unaccounted for. Nope, getting liberals out of office won’t solve this part of the problem. It would only make matters worse!
Consider, finally, and here’s where it gets spooky, that there exists a powerful ideology that has shaped and controlled American domestic and foreign policy for decades. It’s an ideology of total dominance, necessary for the financial success of American capitalism. It’s an ideology intent on establishing, globally, pure capitalism, a capitalism unfettered by government regulation, trade barriers or social programs.
This ideology emanates from the Milton Friedman Chicago School of Economics that prescribes the use of shock and awe, instructing the U.S. government, via the CIA, to facilitate, if not perpetrate, terrorism against economies (and people!) of other countries in order to control them, to pressure them to adopt pure capitalism — but under the guise of spreading democracy and liberty. Some call this blatant imperialism.
Does this not sound like tyranny, a tyranny that our government is inflicting on others? And all done from the instructions of an invisible power hidden from our awareness?
For God-loving, faithful Americans, these may, indeed, be difficult and terrible truths to swallow.
There is one additional truth that may be difficult for some to accept. The Tea Party is not, reportedly, as genuine a grass-roots movement as meets the public eye. There is now evidence that some big, very wealthy individuals have secretly funded the Tea Party groups for promoting their pure capitalistic self-interests. Fighting tyranny is, indeed, treacherous.
As for myself, I will continue to vote for progressive Democrats who have a grasp of these more fundamental problems. Conversely, I believe voting for Republicans will serve only to exacerbate these problems because of the fundamental principles of conservative political philosophy.
Vern Simula of Duluth is a member of Veterans for Peace, of the Twin Ports MoveOn Local Council and of the Network of Spiritual Progressives.