The Economic Crisis: What will it take for people to get off the bipartisan high horse? – Guest Post
October 15, 2008 by The Constant Complainer
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I’ve always had a problem with bipartisan politics. Something about the pompous attitudes, childish finger pointing, and rampant groupthink just never sat right with me. Within the last few years, I’ve come to a realization beyond this that many people refuse to acknowledge-Democrats and Republicans are essentially the same group. Both are terminally irresponsible, self-serving bureaucracies that poison the mind of any individual that steps within their grasp.
Political parties exploit the basic human desire to belong to a group. They dehumanize the individual for the sake of the greater beast, and individuals willingly accept this because our brains release chemicals that make us happy whenever someone else agrees with us, supports us, and shares our points of view. Combine this with chanting crowds and constant negativity toward an opponent and what you have is a brainwashed populous.
Both parties are obviously equally responsible for the current condition of our nation, yet Democrats blame Bush, instead of their majority Congress who created $850 billion of fuel for the fire, and Republicans blame Clinton, who hasn’t been in office for eight years, while in Iraq a black hole of resources destroys our economy from within.
What do you think about the downfall of our economy during BarJohn McBama’s term?
I found an intriguing paper by Tobin Maginnis, a computer science professor at the University of Mississippi, outlining what appears to be a downward spiral into the second Great Depression.
What’s particularly frightening is that this opinion is not the result of an overactive imagination, but that of an intelligent analysis of history combined with current events. To further enhance this picture of economic crisis, I recommend reading through some of the writings of Ron Paul, in my opinion one of the greatest minds in politics.
As a quick illustration of the desperate state of our economy, look no further than the price of gold relative to the US dollar.
Since the rise of fiat currency, the price of gold has historically been inversely proportional to the strength of the dollar. Though many party followers are quick to praise the strength of the current economy, as their party has intended them to do, gold, unlike politicians, does not lie.
Unfortunately, this chart does not tell us what the future will hold, but let’s continue where it ends. Take the upward slope of the last seven years and add to that a purposeless, endless war, a housing crisis, a nearly-trillion-dollar “bailout” (among other, lesser known bailouts), a massive trade deficit, a bloated, corrupt government, unbelievable interest rate cuts, and now a stock market crash… all with an underlying society not only oblivious to the implications but largely indifferent to all of it. As George W. Bush so eloquently put it, it’s “uniquely-American” to work three jobs just to support your family.
Since a picture is only worth so much, let’s look to history: Did the USSR collapse because they were evil communists overcome by capitalist achievement, or because they made the same foolish mistakes we’re making today, and have made for decades, with a corrupt government too large to sustain itself and excessive, unaffordable military ambition? They say we won the Cold War, but at least communism prepared them for poverty before their collapse, whereas we aren’t even prepared to pay off our credit cards, much less trade filet mignon and cabernet for gruel and boiled water!
All of this is to say that an economic collapse, not socialism, is the greatest equalizer, as all debts go to zero along with all savings, including retirement funds. History teaches us that there’s no doubt it will occur, the question is how soon? I never expected it to be any time in the near future, but with the trends we’re now seeing, it has come into the realm of possibility, to say the least.
Clearly the system is not going to fix itself, and likewise the American people are not looking like good candidates either. If no one does, the result will be undeniable. The bubble will burst, the entire system will fall, and we’ll consequently be thrust into chaos, at which point there will finally be motivation to interrupt prime time and rebuild our economic and political structure.