Where Has Justice Flown?

Where Has Justice Flown?

My impressions from reading papers, magazines, and watching television.

I remember about THEY and THEM from World War II. During that time I had a lot of faith in They and Them; so did my family and everyone I knew. Of course I was young, but I felt strongly about them. They would see us through. If They did something we didn’t understand we knew that there was a good reason, and we knew that it would become clear later on. They and Them were politicians in Washington D.C. and when they pulled us through the big one with our flags flying and our will strong, we were sure.

Now it’s different. They are not wonderful anymore. By the time I graduated high-school I began to realize. I learned and changed my opinion slowly. Each small jolt, a result of news. Some jolts changing my view of politicians by minutes of degrees and others by degrees. I think that we all become wise in much the same way. Drip by drip. For instance I remember a hurricane called Agnes. The great state of Pennsylvania instituted a sales tax to pay for the damage Agnes did, and then the sales tax would be repealed, they promised.

Lesson 23: When lawmakers make taxes, any kind of taxes, regardless of what they promise, they will never be repealed.

Lesson 31: A tax may on very rare circumstances, like for instance thousand of citizens attacking with rakes, hoes, and shovels, be reduced. It may be reduced to one tenth of one percent but it may never, never be completely abolished.

Lesson 15: No matter how it is worded, a fund set aside for special purposes like social security or a highway fund with money that doesn’t belong to them, if it grows to a sizable sum, will be commandeered with full assurance that it will be replaced from the general fund if ever needed.

The Modern Politician, sees himself as an entertainer and the sole reason for his existence as the quest to stay elected. – I got a jolt when Clinton announced that he had broke a story and not the news journalists. It was one of those awakenings. I should call them world view directional changes. Now, as I remember,

It happens ever so slowly. There’s a theory about it or part of it. I forget who wrote about it. I know Joseph Campbell wrote the corollary, about the evolution of the corporation, a very interesting development of legally created personalities with little responsibility and only one desire, the accumulation of power and wealth. Why are they needed? To protect the already powerful?

But back to what happens so slowly.

Almost any American today knows that congress is not responsible to him but to special interests. Interests with money. He doesn’t bother to vote anymore. If his vote could really make a difference, it would be against the law.

The object of the congress game is to get re-elected first and foremost. The lawmaker has one responsibility and that is to prolong his own stay in a small area surrounded by the State of Maryland called Washington D.C. The entire game can be learned in Product Marketing 101. Say whatever you must, do whatever you must, to make the cow think that you are her friend or at the very least more interested in her than those lousy other legislators.

In all the machinations of congress no good ever comes to the electorate, not even from the democrats. If the federal government or any government is doing you good shouldn’t there be some time in your life when you said, “Yipee!” perhaps you waved a newspaper or perhaps it was a letter, and you were very happy because the government had just done something to make your life better. When and how many times has this happened in your life? Shouldn’t there be a few? The end of wars? Wow, if you picked those times, that only serves to highlight just how pitifully we’re being treated. And how many wars did you vote to start in the first place? When has something new and good ever come from the government to make life easier, less expensive, adding more value to the cow’s life? Tax reduction? Did you know that when the income tax was proposed, someone wanted to put a limit of 2% on it, but another legislator pooh poohed the notion on the grounds that Americans would never put up with a higher income tax anyway, and there was no need for the amendment. Let me put it this way: how many times has the government come up with a solution to an important problem that they didn’t create in the first place?

When was the last time you read the morning paper or turned from the TV news and shouted for joy because the government has made your life easier, simpler, less expensive, less paperwork, more safe, when have you leaped for joy because now you can afford medicine, now you don’t have to worry about whether your wife will be secure when she is old.

Almost any American today will tell you that this is definitely not a government of the people, by the people, or for the people. We are in an advanced stage of the managers. Our government is completely in the hands of the powerful and the wicked. The divisions are: the farm the farmer and the cow. The farm being the establishment, the farmer is the professional manager and the cows being us, we the people.

Good evening and God Bless You

LEE SMITH

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About Cornhusk

Ex-High-School and Community College teacher. Also have a degree in Science and Applied Science. Have worked in ship construction and now supplement my retirement by writing and revising vocational textbooks.
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