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By Mike Sunderland
Thoughts from a Grey-haired Point of View 

A Serious Political Discussion


October 27, 2021 | View PDF

After watching evening news commentators from both sides of the fence, I’ve concluded that few, if any of them really know what kind of national governmental system we have in this country. Far worse than that is the seeming lack of knowledge by our nation’s elected officials. Or, it might be a deliberate distortion of the truth by the liberal media and ignorance on the minimally conservative media. In truth I think the last sentence is most accurate.

In order to give you a better understanding of the various political philosophies that have been espoused here are some real world working definitions of the systems that are currently seen on planet Earth.

Communism: You have two cows. The government takes both of them and gives you part of the milk.

Socialism: You have two cows. The government takes one and gives it to your neighbor.

Fascism: You have two cows. The government takes both cows and sells you the milk.

Nazism: You Have two cows. The government takes both of them and shoots you.

Bureaucracy: You have two cows. The government takes both of them, shoots one, milks the other, then pours the milk down the drain.

Democracy: You have two cows, one neighbor has 10 cows and another neighbor has none. The government takes one of your cows and uses it as collateral to get a loan. It uses one-third of the money for “defense” – to protect your remaining cow – gives one-third to a foreign government to keep it from going communist, and spends the other third on research to find out why your neighbor’s 10 cows aren’t worth as much as your two were. Then the government milks the cows, makes cheese and gives it to the poor people, who would rather have a cow.

Capitalism: You have two cows. You sell one of them and buy a bull.

I’ve used cows because of the basically rural area where we live, but you could substitute almost anything in their place: cars, houses, money in a savings account, antique doll collections, stamp collections, or anything with value. The point is, the type of government you live under will tax (take away from you) the real world results of your labors. There is nothing overtly wrong with taxation as long as it is done with proper representation by the taxpayers and is put to good use for all of us. In other words, we must hold our elected representatives’ feet to the fire so they will truly work for you and I and not some corporate, multinational entity, etc.

Now, go back through the list of economic/political systems and decide which one America is currently under. If you chose Democracy you’re pretty close. Unfortunately America is undergoing a fundamental change in political ideology that is claiming to be a Democracy (as bad as that is!) while a Bureaucratic Socialistic hegemony is replacing our nation’s Constitutional Republic.

Personally, I prefer a Capitalistic system of economy combined with a representational republican form of government. No! I’m not talking political parties! Today’s “Republican*” Party is all but indistinguishable from the Socialistic Democratic Party. We need to go back to being a true representational republican form of national government as the founders of our nation originally formulated it.

*P.S. We rural Nebraskans need to hold our Senators and Representatives accountable. They talk a good talk, but their actions, by and large, are not all that great. So write them letters and emails, and call them on the phone. Keep the pressure up until they starting representing the entire state of Nebraska and not just Omaha and Lincoln.


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