Thursday, March 17, 2016

Democratic-Republican Party

The Democratic-Republican Party was the second party of the United States and is considered defunct as of 1824.  However, given the current state of affairs in the US Government, many Americans consider the current “two” parties to actually be one.  Hence, instead of there being a Democratic Party and a Republican Party, we are actually governed by the Democratic-Republican Party.

Granted the two parties run against each other, but in the end, they both have basically the same goal.  The goal is to create a stratified social arrangement where people in the political class have special privilege.  The two parties push this agenda in different ways, but their end game is the same.  People in both parties either are not concerned about the status of the country as a whole or believe that their having increased control is the best outcome for the country.

Democrats work to build this social arrangement by segmenting people and pitting each segment against either another segment, the Republicans, or the country.  Blacks are told that this country is too racist to allow them to achieve on their own.  Hispanics are targeted with messages that Republicans want to export them, regardless of their citizen status.  The LGBT community is told that the country believes that they should be scorned and derided by not allowing them to have equal rights as other citizens.  Other groups are similarly targeted.

Republicans attempt to build this social arrangement in a different way.  They campaign against issues and then “cave” to Democrats once they are in office.  They campaign against illegal immigration, but then take no action once in government.  This provides a significant underclass of uneducated workers which provides cheap labor but primarily seeds the creation of a classed society in the United States.  They campaign about reducing the size of government, but then push forward government expansion measures under the guise of national security.

Both parties rail against corporate welfare, however, that is where their power really lies.  The ability of the federal government to provide favors or exemptions to restrictive laws and regulations is the ultimate power that they crave.  They’ll even couch this ability as nuance that is needed.  Of course, this nuance can only be applied correctly by the best and brightest in our country.  Whether it be restrictive water regulations or particular tax exceptions, the political class gains personally and financially by being able to judiciously give their blessings.

Along the way, these two parties have implemented restrictions at every political level to make it harder for a non-establishment party to gain political power.  To run as a Democratic or Republican candidate requires satisfying one set of rules, but to run as an independent or other non-establishment party requires jumping over even higher hurdles.  So while the parties talk as if they are opposition, they have worked collusively for many years to work towards their shared goal.

Current evidence of this attitude in the Republican Party can be found in the discussions regarding the potential of a Trump candidacy.  The party is actively discussing and acting in ways to create a situation where the party can “rescue” the nomination process.  It’s telling that the party has become so arrogant that these discussions are no longer ‘back-room’ discussions.  They are more concerned about losing control of their party than losing to their partners (the Democrats).  With their stranglehold on political competition intact, they are comfortable openly showing this contempt.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Lord Business is the Democratic Party

In “The Lego Movie”, Lord Business is frustrated because citizens are changing things away from the ‘perfect world’ that he had created.  His response is to use the kragle (krazy glue) on Taco (“’Tentacle Arm Kragle Outside Sprayer’, or TAKOS! The S is silent”) Tuesday to freeze the citizens into the “perfect” position.  Similarly, the Democratic Party has the same feelings towards the business world. 

Socialism allows businesses to exist in the market, with the caveat that government has a direct involvement in the operation of each business.  Democrats have already pushed this approach as evidenced by their imposition of certain people on the boards of companies such as General Motors (a.k.a. Government Motors).  This form has an added “benefit” of allowing the government to pick winners and losers, while still allowing a limited amount of new business startups by entrepreneurial individuals.

Communism allows business to exist but only with government permission.  This system squashes all entrepreneurship with new businesses having to be either originated or approved by the government.  The government in essence sprays the market with kragle to keep a nice tidy order to the citizenry.

Free market allows consumers to decide where to spend their money.  Companies make decisions in order to capture market share and improve their financial situation.  Entrepreneurs can see where existing companies are not fully satisfying a market and introduce their own product to fill that void.  Business make good and bad decisions, succeed and fail, and come and go. 

The free market is annoying or worse for people who don’t like the chaos of free markets or want to control other people.  These people will push for singular control of the market and the only entity powerful enough to do this is a government.  The normal progression is to first move towards Socialism and then turn to Communism. 

Arguments will be made that businesses are not good citizens, they make bad decisions for society at large.  Meanwhile, poor decisions by governments will be excused because, of course, government has society’s best interests at heart. 

Consider the framework in which a politician in a Socialist or Communist society would exist.  The system tells them that average people are not capable or qualified to make decisions.  Therefore, they become the decision makers for the society, determining what can or should be done.  This dichotomy of the views of individuals would impress upon the politician that they were not of the average citizenry and thus above them.

Citizens are also required to forget that government will be populated with power hungry people.  These people become the politicians with a disposition to have a disdain for the average citizen.  Which then leads to the creation of two classes of people, politicians and non-politicians.  The power hungry politicians then create different rules for the political and non-political classes.  The rules for the non-political class (the proletariat) then becomes the kragle to keep them from upsetting the political class.

Unfortunately, here in the United States significant numbers of people in the Democratic Party are increasing open about their opposition to free markets.  This has become manifest in the two leading candidates for the Democratic Party nomination for President.  Both have expressed their desire for more government control over the economic engine of this country.  The fact that they are the only candidates left for that Party is telling as to the character of Democrats in this country.