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Tea Party - The Real AgendaDaniel Johnson Salem-News.com
How has this sorry state been achieved?
(CALGARY, Alberta) - If you’re a tea party supporter, be careful what you wish for.
If politicians holding the "tea party" philosophy ever gain any real power, here’s what you can look forward to.
The Second Amendment: Every able-bodied male will be issued a musket and a flintlock pistol. No more voting for women.
You can never feel safe or comfortable about eating the food you buy; drinking the water from your tap or breathing the air that you cannot avoid—or even venturing out to the public street. Tea party politicians are already calling for the defunding and eventual dismantling of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). On top of this, they would also like to see fewer government regulations across the board, which would cut back on things like food inspection, workplace safety and enforceable public standards.
Less money spent on police would be a real money saver. After all, the wealthy took care of this for themselves decades ago by establishing gated-communities with their own private security guards. In cities, the same end has been reached with private security (not just a doorman and concierge) controlling access to exclusive buildings.
How has this sorry state been achieved? It goes back to the Founding Fathers who espoused the progressive ideas of the 18th century Enlightenment. They sounded good in theory, but no one ever thought ahead to how they would work in a crowded part of the continent of more than 300 million people.
Think ahead: If you were one of the FFs, your ideas might seem workable on a part of the continent where people were not crowded together and, when they felt their liberty or individuality were being restricted, all they had to do was head West where the land and resources were free for the taking (after eliminating a few pesky people who were there first).
The Enlightenment philosophy was based on concepts like freedom/liberty and individuality. How could you make these ideals square with the legal recognition of slavery? Don’t forget that the personal wealth of most of the FFs was based on owning of hundreds of slaves.
So, the question is: If you were one of the Founding Fathers, how would you set up your nation, taking into account pre-existing slavery and a native population that had been there for thousands of years before you were even born? Just these two factors, alone, are poison-pills in the founding of a nation.
The FFs, generally hailed as being prescient were not, in the final analysis, very prescient at all. No one thought ahead to when their portion of the continent would not only be full, but getting crowded.
America, the land of the free and home of the brave, has long since lost being either—even in theory. Unless millions of ordinary Americans today (and I don’t mean the tea-party whackos) realize that their nation was founded on a combination of lies, misconceptions, misinterpretations, immorality, and splintered religiosity, the American empire will turn out to have lasted longer than the Russian Empire, but not as long as the Roman Empire and only a fraction as long as the Ottoman empire.
Daniel Johnson was born near the midpoint of the twentieth century in Calgary, Alberta. In his teens he knew he was going to be a writer, which is why he was one of only a handful of boys in his high school typing class — a skill he knew was going to be necessary. He defines himself as a social reformer, not a left winger, the latter being an ideological label which, he says, is why he is not an ideologue. From 1975 to 1981 he was reporter, photographer, then editor of the weekly Airdrie Echo. For more than ten years after that he worked with Peter C. Newman, Canada’s top business writer (notably on a series of books, The Canadian Establishment). Through this period Daniel also did some national radio and TV broadcasting. He gave up journalism in the early 1980s because he had no interest in being a hack writer for the mainstream media and became a software developer and programmer. He retired from computers last year and is now back to doing what he loves — writing and trying to make the world a better place
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