“Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to a teenage boy.” (P. J. O’Rourke)

I don’t believe that our Founding Fathers ever intended for America to be governed by career politicians and yet 200+ years later that’s exactly what we have and why we have so many problems.  The public trough that is located in Washington D.C. has become the epicenter for every kind of monetary boondoggle that mankind has ever conceived. There is so much money and power given to this group of 535 Congressmen that it inevitably corrupts even the most honest among them. Drunken teenage boys behind the wheel do less damage to society than this group of ravenous pigs and yet they present themselves as public servants. The dictionary defines servant as “one who serves others”. Does that sound like anyone you know in Congress?

This is an organization whose chief purpose is to perpetuate themselves in office.  They have benefits and perks that are enviable even among corporate America. Our current Speaker of the House, the honorable Nancy Pelosi, has been criticized for making the Air Force keep a plane on standby so she can fly home to California whenever it suits her. This is the same Congress that criticized the CEO’s of Ford, Chrysler and GM for flying to Washington on corporate jets to beg for bailout money.  Isn’t this just the same  sense of entitlement?  When you really start believing you are better than everybody else on the planet you begin behaving in ways that are completely lacking in common sense. Those of us who have to live in the real world have one thing going for us, we recognize arrogance and stupidity quite easily and it bothers us tremendously.

What kind of country do we want America to be? A place where the needs of many come after the wants of a few or where all men are created equal in the eyes of God and where everyone has a legitimate chance at happiness. When the framers of the Constitution worked so diligently to craft a document that would stand the test of time and end the era of the ruling class they most certainly did not expect a new ruling class to be enabled by this same document.  Two centuries  later we now have a massive government that is so hidebound in its thinking and its desire to perpetuate itself as the arbiter of every human interaction that we are right back where we started from.

Unfortunately, we only have ourselves to blame. We continue to think that our own Congressman or woman is a good representative and all the others are the problem.  It really doesn’t matter who you send to Washington because they will inevitably succumb to the lust for money and power that is the basic proposition of  Congress. Let’s just face it once and for all, the system is broken and it’s not going to be fixed until we clean house and return the power of government to the people where it rightfully belongs. We do this by starting over and sending a very clear message that we expect “public service”, not personal gain.

I understand that no one is perfect and we all make mistakes but is this really the best we can do? The Founding Fathers all served their country and then went home to their real lives. They were public servants in the truest sense of the word. We need to go back to that belief system. We need to help each other in every way possible. We must recognize that we need each other and that means all of us not just the self appointed chosen few. We can have the great country that our forefathers fought and died for but we have to be able  to trust each other and live by a set of rules that are the same for everybody without exception for class, color, gender or faith. The dream of a democratic republic is still alive and well, it just needs a new generation of leaders to step forward and show us the way. The great thing about America is that we’re all capable of being one of those leaders. We can all affect this change just by voting everybody out of office in Washington once and for all.  Let’s take back our country and try again to make it the greatest country on earth.

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7 Responses to “Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to a teenage boy.” (P. J. O’Rourke)

  1. Sam Davidson says:

    “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”
    Thomas Jefferson

    • grhgraph says:

      I always loved that quote. I think Jefferson would agree with everything I just wrote. Thanks for commenting.

  2. Sam Davidson says:

    Another good one is this….

    “I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”
    Thomas Jefferson

    You could almost paste all of his quotes out here and they would apply to the tyranny that is going on in our goverment today…

    Keep up the blog wrting I love it!


  3. inga says:

    Guy for President!

  4. Hello,

    I just read your blog. I am an Indian. Our country is suffering too much of corruption. We always think about USA as one of the ideal country where everything is in place and we try to grow our country on that perspective. But I feel now that these irregularities are everywhere and it cannot be treated. We just need to do whatever we can for our country and be in peace. For this perspective I want to share following thoughts of Swami Vivekananda:

    “This world is like a dog’s curly tail, and people have been striving to straighten it out for hundreds of years; but when they let it go, it has curled up again. How could it be otherwise? One must first know how to work without attachment, then one will not be fanatic. When we know that this world is like a dog’s curly tail and will never get straightened, we shall not become fanatics. If there were no fanaticism in the world, it would make much more progress than it does now. It is a mistake to think that anaticism can make for the progress of mankind. On the contrary, it is a retarding element creating hatred and anger, and causing people to fight each other, and making them unsympathetic. We think that whatever we do or possess is the best in the world, and what we do not do or possess is of no value. So, always remember the instance of the curly tail of the dog whenever you have a tendency to become a fanatic. You need not worry or make yourself sleepless about the world; it will go on without you. When you have avoided fanaticism, then alone will you work well. It is the level-headed man, the calm man, of good judgment and cool nerves, of great sympathy and love, who does good work and so does good to himself. The fanatic is foolish and has no sympathy; he can never straighten the world, nor himself become pure and perfect.”

    • grhgraph says:

      The Swami’s thoughts are the perfect analogy for what I believe as well. Fanaticism is futile in every possible way and should be avoided at all costs. I’m glad you took the time to comment. It helps me to keep writing blogs that matter. Peace be with you, Murali.

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