The Government is Dysfunctional and Our Society is Deteriorating – The Political Elite Is to Blame

Written by Nicholas Wishek

It doesn’t take a genius to see that our country has some potentially fatal problems. A Rasmussen Reports survey released on February 29 showed that only twenty-nine percent (29%) of likely U.S. voters think the country is heading in the right direction. Given the state of the country, one has to conclude that twenty-nine percent of likely voters are either ignorant, naïve, or insane. 

The national debt is over $19 trillion dollars. Which means that each man, woman, and child in the United States owns close to $60,000. That $19 trillion dollars is nothing compared to unfunded federal entitlement programs whose total costs estimates range from $128 trillion to a staggeringly $210 trillion fiscal gap as reckoned by Boston University economics professor Laurence J. Kotlikoff. Our economy is stagnant with a record high of over 94 million America out of the workforce. Our boarders are wide open. Islamic extremists are growing in power. Iran is likely to join North Korea as a rouge state with nuclear weapons, and both Russia and China are threatening their neighbors. All this does not cover the issues of immigration, healthcare, the legal system, education system, and race relations, to name a few more areas of concern from the even longer list of problems we face as a country.

This is the fault of the political elites who control the Democrat Party and the establishment elites of the Republican Party. The Democrats are totally controlled by the extreme left. Their policies will ruin the country. The Republican establishment has “gone along to get along,” and has not been willing to honor their promises to their constituents. Hence, we have a dysfunctional government that is unwilling to work together to save the country from certain disaster.

No wonder so many voters are looking toward non-establishment candidates for solutions. One of the two leading non-establishment candidates, “Bernie” [score]Bernard Sanders[/score], appeals to those who endorse doing even more of the same policies that have led our country in the wrong direction. The other, Donald Trump, appeals to those who don’t believe we’re headed in the right direction. Right now it looks likely he has a chance to win the GOP nomination. 

However, if the Republican establishment, who are now actively working against Trump’s nomination, somehow manages to prevent it through underhanded political maneuvering, the Republican Party is likely to be so weakened that the Democrats will win and the nation’s problems get worse even more quickly. If Trump wins the nomination, but he loses the election, the same thing will happen. Again, sooner rather than later the country will fall apart. 

Back in 1992 Ross Perot won close to 20% of the national vote. We are in a much worse situation now than we were then. Ross Perot was a virtual unknown before he started his campaign. He was not a dynamic speaker, was short, and a little odd looking. Donald Trump, on the other hand, has massive name recognition, and while he’s certainly not an orator, many potential voters value his plain speaking. Since he’s running against those who have gotten our country into its current mess and his Democrat opponent, whoever it is, wants to continue policies that have made things worse, voters must make a tough decision. Trump could easily win over 40% of the national vote and realistically has a chance of riding voter anger to victory.

All that being true, voting for Trump is still taking a risk. Would his election that be a good thing or a bad thing? Honestly, it’s impossible to predict, but Americans should consider that carefully before they vote.  Sometimes when things are bad, those who promise to make things better end up making them worse. When you go to bed with the devil, you tend to wake up in hell. This has been true throughout history. The 18th century French were suffering under their monarchy, but the French Revolution resulted in the Reign of Terror. During World War I Russia was also suffering, but getting rid of the Czar gave them Stalin. Germany was suffering under the conditions of the Versailles Treaty and elected Hitler… and we know how that turned out. Desperate people make desperate choices. Desperate choices aren’t always wise ones.

trustgovernmentNow, if all that Donald Trump does is undo Obama’s executive orders, cut regulations, improve the business climate, close the boarder, and increase our efforts against worldwide Jihad, and if he can do it constitutionally, well and good. It wouldn’t solve all of our problems, but at least it would be a good start. However, since much of what he wants to do isn’t within the President’s power to do unilaterally, one of two things is likely to happen. Either he does what the voters want unconstitutionally, ala Obama, or the establishment elites of both parties thwart him which will make things worse and the people angrier. The first would continue a terrible precedent further damaging our republic; the latter makes it even easier for another to seize power in the name of the people. Many believe the time has come to roll the dice, but they need to remember they are gambling with their children’s future. Still, if the political elite establishment, basically all of the Democrat Party and the leadership of the Republican Party, stay in power sooner or later things will fall apart.

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Nicholas Wishek

Nicholas Wishek. Retired teacher. 40 years classroom experience. Served in California National Guard 6 years. BA in history, MA in education. Married 35 years. Two sons. Many columns published in OC Register 2009-2014.

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