Simple Politics

Simplify I don’t like complicated. It gives me tired head. I don’t want complicated theology. I don’t want complicated cars. I don’t want complicated menus and I don’t want complicated politics. But it seems there are those among us who enjoy taking the simple jewelry of any subject and turning them into a tangled mess of tiny chains that require tweezers, magnifying glass, pliers and the jaws of life to untangle. 

I don’t care if he intended to call her a pig or not. It was a stupid comment and he did know better than to issue the line. But that is the first knot in the necklace. Then the media grabs the it, then the opposition, then the other side and in a while, the point is lost and necklace looks like metallic spaghetti.  

How about we simplify this thing? The role of government is not to solve problems. They don’t know how and they aren’t good at it when they try. They should do fewer things and try doing them well. Well Michael, you’re so bright, what should they do? Thanks for asking. Here is my political theory. 

Government should…

  • Protect the borders from enemies and aliens.
  • Protect the rights and freedoms of the citizens.
  • Protect the helpless (unborn, children, elderly and impoverished.)
  • Maintain a military equipped to defend our nation and stand with our friends.
  • Educate our children through High School.

  • Enforce our laws and punish lawlessness.
  • Live within fair and reasonable tax revenue.
  • Be limited in the degree they can intrude in business.

Government should foster…

  • The private development of business to meet national needs.

  • The private development of business for medical research.

  • The private development of business for scientific research. 

Government should not…

  • Protect its people from failure. (If you fail – it’s on you. Deal with it.)

  • Create debt. (We have to live within our means the government should too.)

  • Bail out failed businesses. (If your business fails – it’s on you. Deal with it.)

  • Police the entire planet. (We cannot be the sheriff for the world.)

  • Give money to our enemies. (If they need aid – we will distribute it, period.)

  • Regulate private behavior

Okay – well that’s my simple look at it. Tell me what you think. Make sure that your suggestion doesn’t fit into one of the sections I’ve listed. I’ll post some of your thoughts as we go along. This could be fun. 

michael out

5 Responses to Simple Politics

  1. cindy smith says:

    I agree with nearly all you said. However… I saw three clips where McCain had used the same “pig in lipstick” comment, in different places, before different crowds and before Obama. I agree… not a good expression, but not good for anyone. period.
    Well written and I particularly like the last sentence of the first paragraph. Maybe the best analogy ever. Good stuff.

  2. Eric Hanson says:

    I agree with all of the “Government should not…” items.

    As for the “Government should…” items: I don’t necessarily have a problem with those, but it looks to me like the items on your list all involve “solving problems”. Granted, you didn’t word them from that point of view, but that doesn’t keep it from being the case.

    Not only that, but they all seem to be subjective issues presented as though they are objective.

    * Protect the borders from enemies and aliens.
    Enemies are often vaguely defined and broadly categorized — so that’s a complicated matter right there. Then the “protection” is mostly a lot of overkill that doesn’t really do any good (e.g., duct tape your house, three ounces of liquid, shoe removal, restricted photography of buildings, harassing people at home and abroad, etc.) To say this is a simple goal is to completely ignore that other people have very different — and valid — interpretations of what constitutes “danger” or “safety”. It would be nice to have it simple, but it’s also complete fantasy.

    * Protect the rights and freedoms of the citizens.
    Whenever this is said, it MUST include (first implicitly, then explicitly) “…and keep people from abusing them”. Of course, the definition of “abuse” is also subjective and eventually devolves into the erosion of rights and freedoms. One man’s preference “offends” another, who then re-defines that offense (a.k.a. his disapproval) as a “trespass”. From that point, it’s just a matter of time before we regulate private behavior. And don’t forget the element of Fear: There’s no limit to the amount of freedoms which may be removed when “protecting the borders from enemies and aliens” becomes high priority. Again, it’s simple only if you remove the real elements of human interaction.

    * Live within fair and reasonable tax revenue.
    Define “fair” and “reasonable”. Then, when you’ve answer that, ask 100 other people to define them. You will end up with complicated politics.

    * Be limited in the degree they can intrude in business.
    Again, who gets to define the limit? The Conservatives? The Liberals? The Totalitarians? The Anarchists? The Businesses themselves?

    Just my thoughts on the matter. I am not trying to press my views onto anyone so much as I’m trying to point out what I see as contradictions. Naturally, my views will surface in the process.

    Thanks for keeping me on your list. I always enjoy reading what Godly people have to say.

    [Michael said – Of course there is subjectivity. It’s required by nature. Doesnt mean simplicity shouldnt be the basis. The “pursuit of happiness” is subjective, but it is still fundemental. Simple. The amendments and laws clarify and define.]

  3. Vance Sparks says:

    Yesss!!! Well said as always bro!

  4. velvet says:

    Well-put. You’ve metaphorically defined why I take a huge interest in politics, but have never cast a vote. That will probably make some gasp, especially since I am a woman and should be proud of my right to vote. However, on every election day, I am staring at a tangled mess, with little clarity on what and who a candidate really is. Perhaps its an excuse for not taking serious time to dig deeper. A mother of 3 little guys has little time to even shower in a day! Keep writing.

  5. Bill Meeks says:

    Very well said!, we share a lot of the same core beliefs. However, while having the government to educate our children has proven to be beneficial ,even necessary, the content really needs to be addressed. As far as the government not policing the entire world, what did Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben say, ” With great power, there must also come great responsibility” I know that comes from a make believe world of comic books, but there is so much truth to it. i cannot believe that our Heavenly Father would expect or want us to just sit on our hands and do nothing with our God given talents and gifts, while there are horrendous and inhumane atrocities occurring around this world. I believe it is our duty!

    In addition, by not exercising our right (privilege) to vote regardless of the reason (EXCUSE) is saying that we don’t have an opinion or care as to what happens in this country or even the world.. Every time I have the opportunity to cast my vote, I can’t help but think about all of the men and women who have given their lives for me to be able to do so.

    [Michael’s comments: 1) Yes content in education matters, but that can be handled at the local level. 2) Yes we do have a responsiblbity and we do very well with honoring that… but on occasion we miss the mark both doing too much and sometimes not enough. We can be a force for good without being the end all. 3) I agree with you about the obligation to be involved and to vote. It is the first thing we should do and not the last.]

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