Half a Dozen

…is still six…

“I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”

~ Thomas Jefferson, letter to Dr. Benjamin Rush, from Monticello, September 23, 1800


Popular media has been commenting on the present mid-cycle election as a referendum on our national leadership.  And to some extent, that’s definitely the case.  But there seems to be this misperception that when you choose the lesser of two evils, you’re making a definitive statement about one’s political preferences.  The present leadership is failing, ALL AROUND.  It’s not just one branch, it’s all of them.  And the people’s disenchantment with our elected government is such that no change really renders any firm results.  People are tired, bone-weary of politics as usual.  But that has not translated into any real change.  Change is not switching from one party to the other and back and forth as we get totally fed up with one or the other.  We’ve done that.  A few cycles in a row.  Until real change comes, people will merely continue to pick the guy they view as “less bad”.

There has to be a better way.  Frankly, the Founders intended this nation to do it better.  They didn’t expect or design the system to be bogged down by two political parties thus rendering a vote mostly useless in terms of the type of leaders replacing the old ones.  Until we’re willing to let go of the vested political parties and the interest groups they represent, our entire country will continue to be dragged endlessly downwards.  This is tyranny.  It is just as bad to be ruled by a dictator as it is to be cycled between two groups of apathetic elites who just don’t care.  Tyranny means no choices.  When replacing one leader with another still nets NO REAL CHANGE, that is not a choice.  Tyranny is our nation as usual; the modern American political system is merely tyranny in disguise.

Res Publica

Documentation without Representation:

Thomas Jefferson, letter to Dr. Benjamin Rush, from Monticello, September 23, 1800


Electronic Reference Courtesy of Monticello and The University of Virginia

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