Rebuilding a society

War is politics continued by other means. The corollary could be that “politics is war that hasn’t yet escalated to naked violence” is probably a more accurate summary of the relationship between armed conflict and politics.

I don’t advocate violence, it should be a last resort for many very good reasons. But violence is truly the root of all political power. “Power comes from the barrel of a gun” is how Chairman Mao put it, and he wasn’t wrong. “One man with a gun can control 99 without.” was how Stalin put it.

And this is why people with guns frighten the ever living hell out of Democrats. Because people with guns have the political power to say “no.” The ability to say “no” is powerful. The ability to say “no” is meaningful.

Right now the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) is crumbling just like anyone who has ever studied the financing of socialized medicine told you it would. Right now the media have utterly destroyed their own credibility and don’t care that everyone knows. Right now American politics are a shit show, with many similarities to the 1850s in terms of polarization of cultures.

Is a war coming? I hope not. But it doesn’t hurt to have a plan to rebuild.

I think the Constitution went a bit too far in empowering government, but the Articles of Confederation didn’t go far enough to make an effective government. I would take away the direct election of Senators, and put term limits on all offices. I would get rid of the “winner take all” electoral college and go by voting district, with the two “senator” votes per state based on the number of districts won in the state, not the popular vote. I would raise the minimum voting age from 18 to 30, and cap the maximum voting age at 65 in order to ensure that people with at least some life experience were invested, and that the torch of political power was passed on instead of being subject to the whims of demographic shifts.

Is it perfect? No. It isn’t, not by a long shot. But this darn near universal suffrage condition really accelerated the financial decline of the nation, and so maybe the next time the world gets a chance to have a brave experiment with Democracy we should reconsider that one.

Comments are open, how would you remake the political framework of a nation?

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4 Responses to Rebuilding a society

  1. B says:

    I thought we have a good system. The problem isn’t the system but the character of the citizenry that makes it up. If you cannot trust the fellow driving the opposite direction on the road, to stay in his lane, then it’s a demolition derby not a morning commute ๐Ÿ˜›

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    • rthtgnbs says:

      It isn’t a matter of citizens acting in their own best interest that concerns me, as staying in your lane while driving is clearly in your own best interest. It is when politicians can amass political power by appealing to a broad swath of “self interest” with handouts, dole, graft, crony capitalism, favorable regulation, etc.

      Everyone driving on their own side of the road is a “win-win” situation for self interest. Politics of “self interest” create “win-lose” situations where for the “demographic” to maintain power, they must do so at the expense of another demographic. You see this today with all the anger at “white people” and conversely all the anger directed at illegal aliens. That sort of political power base is…dangerous.

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  2. B says:

    In republic, political power amassed in a leader with good character (George Washington) the citizen need not worry about Jack boots. Leaders reflect the character of the populace and should stay in their lane too. We still have a glimmer of hope but it’s fading fast. Bottom line is when historians look back to this part of the timeline, I want to be on record having stood with self determination and the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of property ๐Ÿ˜€

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  3. DW says:

    In regards to your constitutional mods, I like them. I definitely agree with the term limit issue – politics was never supposed to be a career.

    So in addition, repeal all federal laws on the books and all the amendments except the bill of rights 1 – 10, 13 & 15. That will get rid of most of the unelected idiots running all these fed agencies. The only laws allowed are those allowed by the constitution and true “malum in se” laws. All malum prohibitum laws at the fed level are prohibited. In other words – leave us alone! A very easy concept.

    That will push the bs back onto the state level “where it is supposed to be” and will create a competition between the states which was the original intent. Those states that adhere to liberty, constitutional principles and free markets will prosper and folks will move to those states.

    As far as the right to vote, I am not sure age is the best measure. I get what you are trying to do, but youth or old age is a blunt restriction. I think working full time at a job and/or owning property are good measures as well. The constitution was an attempt to lay out exactly “what the gov’t is allowed to do” – this much and no more. That needs to be complied with, without exception.

    Not sure where you stand on the supreme court, but I also want those arrogant Fabian progs out of our lives. The supreme court was never supposed to be the final arbiter of all laws in the USA. Their lifetime employment is complete bs as well, we should be able to vote those idiots out as well, if not string them up for ignoring their prime duty – uphold constitutional principles which by definition DO NOT change over time.

    On a related thread, “The Fourth Turning” by William Strauss and Neil Howe is getting some reference in the blogosphere. I had never heard of it, so I picked up a copy. Very interesting and prescient book. Not an easy read, but well worth the effort.

    $19 Trillion (excluding unfunded liabilities) in debt. The math on that doesn’t pencil out in a good way, no matter which idiot wins on Tuesday. Peaceful secession by a strong group of states is really the only possible solution that leaves the lights on and minimizes death. Keep preparing and praying.

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