Random Quips on the Folly of Politics

Posted on 2012 December 26

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When people get angry, their pre-frontal lobes shut down; when people get drunk, the same thing happens. Yet in both situations people think they’re especially smart. This is why it’s dangerous to drive late on a Saturday night or discuss politics at any hour.

The best thing about democracy is that politicians will do what they must to please their constituents. The worst thing about democracy is that politicians will do what they must to please their constituents.

Here’s how the government does things: it finds a bad apple, so it bans … apples.

If you trust people, you don’t need government. If you don’t trust people, you can’t trust government.

Gangsters show up and threaten to burn down your shop unless you pay them protection money — say, twenty percent of your revenue. So you and your fellow citizens establish a government that sweeps out the Mob. But it then charges you forty percent in taxes and threatens to take away your shop if you don’t pay. Now what?

By the time you’re elected to high office, you’re an expert at manipulating the public. But by then you’ve become so contemptuous of your fellow humans, there’s no longer any honor in leading them.

I wouldn’t presume to know how other people should live their lives. But the government does. What do they know that I don’t?

It’s getting to the point where cigars will be unlawful but marijuana will be for sale at the grocery store.

We afford our government a vast military power to protect our borders, but they tend to use that power to invade other countries.

We know we can’t reach up and change the weather. Yet we think we can reach out and change society.

Is it an “assault weapon” if you use it to defend your home? (On the other hand, if the guy next door owns a tactical nuke, I’m moving.)

We distrust our leaders; we complain loudly about how ineffective they are. Yet we keep voting to re-elect them and increase their powers. What’s up with that?

Sure, global warming may be real, but that doesn’t mean the government knows what to do about it. The next billionaire will be the one who figures out how to sequester carbon dioxide.

Asking the government to protect us is like asking a hacker to guard a bank’s website.

If the aliens were poised to attack, would our leaders hide it from us to keep us from panicking? Probably not: they love to scare us with regular reports of plots, real or imagined, against America. After all, when alarmed, we tend to re-elect them.

Per the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, the president now has the power to kidnap or kill any U.S. citizen, if — on his authority — that citizen is designated a terrorist. There is no legal recourse for the accused; no court can intervene, even if it’s all a big misunderstanding. This new executive license would appear to be blatantly unconstitutional. But we trust our presidents, don’t we? They would never use this power in a bad way, right? In that case, why bother to have a Constitution at all?

The real reason people dislike wolves — and want to suppress them — is that they run free, hunting and killing on their own initiative. That’s a privilege we reserve for ourselves, and we don’t like the competition.

What will the future be like? Filled with calamities caused by the public sector; filled with miracles caused by the private. But we will blame the private and give more power to the government.

And so it goes.

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