Welcome to 2016
You know, I got to thinking about it over the holidays. I needed a break. I feel somewhat refreshed and ready to face a brand new shiny year that will, unfortunately, contain the same old political dreck … times 10, since it is a presidential election year. As has been pointed out here, many times, we are woefully served by our political class. And, frankly, that’s our fault. Complain all you want about government and politicians, but the bottom line is, the incumbents continue to be reelected and give away the farm and the bureaucrats continue to siphon off our freedoms through unaccountable fiefdoms imposing freedom killing regulations.
The one good thing this year brings is seeing the Obamas ushered out of the White House. The two bad things are the front runners for president in each major party. I’m sorry, I see no intrinsic leadership value in either of them. One is a blowhard opportunist with no concept of how to do what he claims he can get done and the other is, plain and simple, a crook and a liar. This is what present day presidential politics has come down to. What a non-choice.
Well, that’s not true. We always have a choice, don’t we? Even if it is to do nothing. And if those are the two running in November, that will be my choice. But, as with just about everything to do with today’s political and the class of politicians we suffer, this is an old complaint and frankly, I see nothing on the horizon to change that. The polity is who makes these decisions, and it appears, for the most part, they believe that the government has money and can give them “free” things. The depth of ignorance, especially about basic economic principles and how government functions is appalling, but that’s with what we continue to deal.
I’ve decided I need to take a little more time with my posts than with last year. So I’m going to attempt to rearrange my schedule to where I have more time to devote to them. That may mean posting in the evening when the work day is done. Or not … depends. But what doesn’t “depend” is the desire to be less reactive, less prosaic and more thoughtful. Anyone can be outraged (and I will be) and upset, but it’s time to do more than state that. It’s time to talk about the whys and wherefores. It’s time to talk about alternatives. It is time to take a good look at this grand experiment and dissect it to find out where the pathogen introduced itself and began to corrupt the system. My guess is it will mostly boil down to human nature, opportunity and the quest for power.
Anyway, that’s my desire for this year. Hopefully, I’ll keep this in mind and not let myself wander into the rut I found myself in last year.
Welcome to 2016. Let’s see how it goes.