If The Birds Could Vote...Submitted by pawnstorm12 on Sun, 06/29/2014 - 12:29
A few years ago I decided to put some bird feed on my deck so I could get a better view of some local birds. Almost immediately they came.
It was interesting watching all the different types and sizes of birds so close to my window when they came to partake of my generous gifts.
But it didn't take long for the novelty to wear off because along with the birds came more problems than it was worth.
First of all, my deck became a depository for bird droppings. Try as I might, I couldn't keep up with it.
In addition, some birds engaged in destructive activities like chewing on my awning ropes and eating vegetables growing in some pots.
Within a few weeks I decided it wasn't worth it, and I removed the bird food.
So they quit coming, and I had learned a lesson which I use sometimes when discussing government handouts. There seemed to be a clear analogy between free things and birds and - people!
First of all, it was obvious to the birds that coming here for free food was a lot easier than digging up worms or seeking food in the wild.
So I wondered, what if young birds got dependent on my free food from an early age and then one day it was gone?
Would they struggle or even starve because they never had to work for their food before? After all, up to that point they never had to learn how to find food in the wild.
A second question came to mind; what if the birds in my local area could vote on whether I should provide bird feed?
It's quite obvious they would vote to keep it coming. They might even make a law forcing me to provide bird feed.
To equate this story to people in real life, in many ways, this is the state of our nation today.
Big-government has put out free food and many Americans are dependent on it.
Take our retirement for instance. When FDR created the Social Security system in 1937, our government was telling us that we didn't have the brains to prepare for our retirements, and thus made everyone dependent on that program.
Now it's being done with health care, education and most egregious of all, are the foreign aid programs in which our government gives out "bird feed" to foreign nations as well.
Politically, the civil war going on within the Republican Party today is based on this very subject.
Establishment republicans have no interest in a limited federal government (which should be less than 20% the size it is today). Why? Because they have grown just a dependent on big-government "bird feed" as their democrat "opponents" or any other Americans.
But the emerging liberty-wing of the republican party IS interested in constitutional ideals.
That would mean abolishing huge chunks of the federal government as it exists today such as the IRS, Dept of Education, Dept of Commerce, HUD, Dept of Energy, National Endowment for the Arts, USAID, and ending ALL foreign aid (just to name a very few).
So America is at an interesting crossroads in our recent history where there is a real movement to reign in and restructure the federal government.
But it most likely will fail in the near future because (as I put forth earlier), if the birds could vote, what would they decide?
It's obvious because they already voted by coming to eat my free food every day. They already HAD the choice, and they voted to come here to eat because it was easier - UNTIL THE FOOD RAN OUT.
I don't think the liberty movement has the numbers (yet) to exact any real change at the federal level, but the seed is planted (thanks in large part I believe, to the efforts of Ron Paul in his two presidential campaigns).
Dr. Paul knew he wouldn't win, but he could teach on a national stage.
Until the establishment Republican Party is either destroyed and rebuilt or it somehow gains the numbers needed to support a true liberty movement, there will be no real change.
And since that would mean ending many of the programs, agencies and laws which enrich establishment republican elected officials such as U.S. foreign interventionism, a bloated military and military-industrial-banking complex, funding arms races worldwide, foreign aid programs and the mammoth domestic welfare state etc...NOTHING will change.
Because the birds will continue to vote accordingly.