May 23, 2013  By Jack Jodell.

The Republicans are right to assert that government is the problem and not the solution. No, friends – I have not lost my mind – kindly just hear me out. Before long, I’m sure you will be in complete agreement with me…

Take a look around you. The country’s infrastructure is badly decaying. Our once world-class network of roads and bridges are in widespread disrepair. Potholes are nearly everywhere, and bridges are crumbling before our eyes. Our electrical grid is dated and widespread power outages will soon be imminent. With ever-rising prices and declining incomes for the vast majority of the country, we are rapidly heading toward third-world status.

Consider this: with unemployment and severe underemployment at near-record levels; with no federal jobs program even remotely in sight; and with oil companies raising prices at will (flipping them down a little and then up a lot, like a kid tossing his yoyo) – over the past few years, according to a study done by the Center for American Progress, our federal government gave the nation’s hugest oil companies nearly $4 BILLION ANNUALLY in tax subsidies! Now why, pray tell, would companies making record profits be in need of tax subsidies? Did these subsidies result in reduced prices for you at your neighborhood gas station’s pump? Of course not – the prices went UP instead. If that is not a brazen example of government being the problem rather than the solution, then please paint my butt blue and mail me off to Borneo – I have clearly become delusional!

In January, 2011, a serving congresswoman named Gabby Giffords was nearly shot to death by a deranged gunman. In December, 2012, just before Christmas, 20 innocent 6 and 7 year olds  were brutally and senselessly murdered by another madman with a gun as they sat inside their Newtown, CT elementary school. Though a huge majority of horrified voters favored the immediate imposition of tighter restrictions on gun ownership, Congress has resisted this call for action and has refused to even consider the slightest changes in gun laws. That, too, is a clear-cut case of government being the problem rather than the solution, and how it has failed miserably to protect the voting public from harm.

In his brilliantly-penned song, “Why Am I An Anarchist?”, author Norman Nawrocki makes his case abundantly clear:

  “Why am I an anarchist?
Because old age pensioners eat dog food.
Because single moms on welfare cry.
Because politicians steal our future.
Because women can’t walk the streets safely.
Because I want to breathe fresh clean air.
Because hope, freedom and dignity are never on special at walmart.
Because capitalism is a scam.
Why am I an anarchist?
Because I’m tired of supermarket rip offs.
Because truth, peace and justice are almost extinct.
Because TV and newspapers lie.
Because kids go to school hungry.
Because I feel unsafe around cops.
Because America’s president leaves me no choice.
Because poetry and butterflies demand equal time.
Why am I an anarchist?
Because no one will watch the rain.
Because groundhogs and rabbits are getting murdered.
Because two headed chickens protests and no one listens.
Because twenty minutes of sunshine can now kill.
Because rent is no longer affordable.
Because we deserve better.
Why am I an anarchist?
Because banks rob people and it’s not a crime.
Because I want to banish all cars from the city.
Because they built prisons but close hospitals and schools.
Because neither the sun, the moon or the stars are for sale.
Because corporate greed destroys lakes, rivers and forests.
Because I’m not afraid to dream.
Because I refuse to remain silent.
Why am I an anarchist?
Because it’s time to shut down McDonalds.
Because I have friends who can’t afford to visit the dentist.
Because one homeless family is too much.
Because the state blames and attacks the poor but rewards it’s friends.
Because no fat cat lying politician ever has to wait for the bus.
Because I want social revolution now (now) (now) (now)
Why am I an anarchist?
Why am I an anarchist?”

Mr. Nawrocki is definitely more cynical than I, but there is definite truth in his writing. His song was written and released back in 2004 during the administration of George W. Bush, but it is equally relevant today. We  have seen numerous illustrations of the failings of government, both in his song and in our everyday lives. But think about it: these glaring failures have occurred primarily as a result of Republican control or Republican influence.

That’s correct, folks: Government is the problem ONLY when it is controlled by or heavily influenced by government-hating Republicans! With strong liberal Democratic majorities and minimal Republican influence, then and only then will you see government performing as it should: for the benefit of all the people rather than mainly for the wealthy and powerful as we are unfortunately seeing today. After all, government worked fine during the New Deal years, when the CCC and WPA provided much-needed work for millions, when  Social Security became a reality instead of a dream, unemployment and a livable minimum wage were instituted, and when labor unions became legal and strong and achieved a fair amount of leverage for working people. In the heavily liberal Democratic years of the mid 1960s, government again proved its usefulness, creating a fabulous Medicare program for the elderly and disabled, instituting long overdue and much needed tough civil rights laws, and forming a far-too-short, yet nonetheless very effective War on Poverty. The country prospered tremendously and much more equally as a direct result of this bold federal activism. In effect, the government was doing its job relatively well. yet Republicans hated it. They never had much time for programs which aided the disadvantaged, so with the rise of the new cobsevatism under Ronald Reagan and then carried to its current extreme during the Bush/Cheney era, they began to sabotage and even dismantle much of what had been achieved during the previous 50+ years. First, they obtained several HUGE tax reductions for the rich. Then, they pushed for, and got,  the outsourcing of good paying American jobs to foreign slave labor markets. Then, they pushed for, and achieved, the massive deregulation of business and for privatization. All of these moves proved to be beneficial only to the wealthy and disastrous to everyone else. With the rise of the government-hating Tea Party, they have now compounded our economic problems by forcing the country to adopt ridiculous and harmful austerity measures.

All of these actions have served to weaken the federal government and have reduced its effectiveness to nearly nothing. The Republicans have indeed turned government into a big problem by corrupting it and short-circuiting it. Their notions that the rich must be taxed and regulated less, and that the “free” market must be left alone because it is self-correcting  are perverse lies (as both 1929’s Great Depression and 2008’s Great Recession have abundantly proven).

So you see, I am correct to state that the Republicans are “right”. More precisely, they are now FAR right – off the table right – even out-of-the-galaxy EXTREME right. That is why candidates belonging to this new government-hating, Tea Party-infested reactionary Republican Party must be thrown out of office and/or prevented from entering office in the first place. Until it moderates itself, this rotten party has no business governing. For they have become a destructive force of obstruction in the American body politic, and they must be removed completely before they kill our host government!

About jackjodell53

I am an American Dissident trapped in a country where poor and middle class people are constantly being exploited and lied to by a very rigid and conservative plutocratic elite. I believe in government OF, FOR, and BY the people, not one controlled as it now is by corporations and special interests.
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  1. Jerry Critter says:

    Government is not the problem. Republican government is the problem.

  2. Hello Jack
    Well The Republican controlled House of Representatives has voted to end overtime pay for workers under the labor laws, and also to double interest rates on student loans from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent, effective July 1.

    An all out attack on the Working Middle Classes in this country.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Hello, Engineer.
      That’s why I am urging everybody to NOT VOYE FOR ANY REPUBL:ICANS for at least the next 3 or 4 election cycles. We’ve got to clean our government of all these anti-people obstructionist morons abd restore good, for-AL- the-people government!

  3. Hello Jack,
    I cannot tell you what a pleasant surprise it was to wake up and hear the news that Bimbo Bitch Bachmann would be gone from the voting members of Congress.

    Of course it does not surprise me that her extremism has led to her ethics investigation. She lived by Barry Goldwater’s statement, “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice!”

    I would also warn to those whom tout the Tea Party / Ultra Extreme Reactionary Conservatism, “Those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth. And let me remind you, they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyrannies. Absolute power does corrupt, and those who seek it must be suspect and must be opposed.”

    These poor mindless drones are being misled into their own Working Middle Class destruction.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Hello, Engineer.
      I share your joy about the retirement of that wretched Bachmann, and I LOVE that quote you provided!

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