The following is intended as a rebuttal on the recent article on snake-oil politics:
I recently had a contributor post an entry on The 7 Train about Snake-Oil Politics accusing Republicans running for office, first timers and incumbents, of deceptive tactics to lure voters to the liberal Democrat side. I cannot give you the contributor’s name, but I will tell you this person is a well-respected retired school teacher.
I was particular impressed by the Clive Evans quotation:
Democracy itself has no meaning when all parties act the same way in office,
and when their manifestos are worthless snake-oil.
Democracy itself has no meaning when all parties act the same way…That is why it is of the utmost importance than American democracy maintain two distinct parties with two distinct viewpoints. This is why I consider bipartisanship to be treated as a potent potable—used in moderation. If everybody agrees all the time, there are only two possibilities; everybody’s right or everybody’s wrong. If everybody’s wrong, they will believe they are right and government will inevitably make a fatal mistake. Furthermore, we are, as Lincoln said at Gettysburg, a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Before any elected official acts in any manner, be it party politics, bipartisan, or siding with the opposition, it must first check with their constituents and what they would like him or her to do—go against the will of the people if and only if the majority is sold on something detrimental.
Snake-oil politics is real, but it dates back to the formation of the American nation. Our Founding Fathers wanted to create a free country, yet most of them were slave owners. This blog entry is not about debating whether or not Thomas Jefferson had remorse for his hypocrisy by stating all men are created equal but was unwilling to relinquish his own slaves, but the point is because of their personal demon called slavery, they had no choice but to dispense snake oil (if you call it that) to convince the colonists we were right to break away from Britain and form a nation of our own with clearly defined rights and freedoms, those inalienable according to scripture.
There is no snake-oil in the basic understanding that America cannot afford Obamacare with its $16 Trillion deficit. If the Chinese send the collection agency (metaphorically speaking) and America defaults, America as we know it will come to a tragic end and the government will not even be able to provide what it is constitutionally obligated to provide; for one thing military defense. No tyrannical nation will need to fight us in a war; they will be able to walk right in.
The article on snake-oil politics is well-written by a well-seasoned contributor. But snake-oil is part of the price we pay to have two distinct parties. I believe my fellow Republicans have the better quality product on the market right now. The budget cannot be balanced on tax increases alone, even if the wealthy pay higher taxes, nor can it be balanced on spending cuts alone. But with 8% unemployment and under-employment, the American taxpayer cannot afford higher taxes right now and we must not throw the baby out with the bathwater and give the wealthiest Americans, as a majority of them our business owners, tax incentives to hire more people. We must do the spending cuts first and stimulate the economy by making policies that enable the private sector to create jobs and to provide opportunities to start businesses for those who elect to go that route.