What Now?

The swiftness and complete audacity of the President’s actions in the last three weeks perplexed and shocked many of us. We were all lulled by decency and ‘hope’ to allow a little bit of time before becoming openly antagonistic to the President and his staff as part of our tradition of peaceful transition of power. 

The actions of the President and the Democrats in the House and Senate should be a sobering call to action for all who believe that freedom and the free exercise of choice will be the best answer to the current crisis.  I personally do not believe that ‘government is the only means to solve the crisis.’  As Einstein has famously said, to solve a problem, you have to use different thinking than what got you into the problem in the first place.  Government intervention in the mortgage and lending business, the imposition of ‘mark to market’ through Sarbanes-Oxley and other actions caused this crisis.  More government action, and more ‘throwing money at the problem’ will not solve it.  This is confirmed by the fact that Secretary Geithner has no clue, or plan in hand to solve the issue.

While we watch the federal government thrash around and make things worse before things get better, I have been trying to figure out what I can do to safeguard my own family and try to influence the actions of our leadership.  I am working the first part with simple, common sense principles, saving and working hard.  

To influence the actions of our leadership, I’ve decided to:

— Become very familiar with my local and state government leaders.  

— Research the portions of Porkulus that may be headed to the local area and state.

— Convey the idea to the local/state leaders that any actions they take to avail themselves of funds for water parks, dog parks and other totally frivolous things will be interpreted as an absence of leadership and stewardship on their part, sufficient to make them unworthy of voter support in the upcoming year.  If they don’t use the funds and we ‘lose’ them, I consider that a victory.

— Further convey to the leaders that if funds and decisions are flowing from Washington, that suggests that they are irrelevant, and also unworthy of voter support.

— Urge my state legislators to support the notion of a state resolution or law that actively asserts the State’s rights to powers not enumerated in the Constitution for the federal government. It’s time we put the 10th Amendment to use.

— Relentlessly contact my Representative and Senators to insist that they tirelessly pursue any reasonable means to attach riders to other bills, etc, to roll back as much as possible of the Economic Recovery Act.  I also believe that they should not support legislation in the name of compromise and bipartisanship, if the Democrats continue to operate the way they have in the last 3 weeks.  It would be better for the Republican members of Congress to work on their golf game than to hang around and be treated with this level of hostility and indifference. 

It’s time for our side to stop being conciliatory and reasonable until the Democrats begin showing actual progress toward constructive engagement.  The Democrats seem to need the appearance of bipartisan agreement–perhaps because they know that the public’s support for many of their actions will wear thin quickly.  I will urge my Representative and Senators to withold any support for any legislation that deepens the plunge toward socialism or federal power.

Tip O’Neill used to say ‘all politics is local.’  I think it’s time to begin a conservative version of relentless, yet positive action at the local level and force the process up to the  federal level.  The Democrats may temporarily hold the high ground at the federal level, but they will eventually have to bend if we can form an effective siege of local platoons.

Unlike the liberals, I have faith that the American people still have what it takes to solve their own problems and work for their own versions of satisfaction in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  It has always been true that some people need assistance, and our history is replete with examples where we have done so; however, we are at our best when that help is voluntary, not coerced; innovative, not bureaucratic.