The People Won’t Stand for It? The Wimp Factor in History

Motoring by several service stations I noted that the price of gasoline has taken a little dip. In my part of the country it is $ 3.69 per gallon down from $ 3.89. This jogged my memory and I recalled a conversation I had with a friend  when gas was about $ 1.30 a gallon. I remember predicting that the $ 2.00 gas-gallon was then not far down the road. My friend snorted, “It will never get that high, the people won’t stand for it, there’d be a revolution”.

In the 1990s, while discussing the Constitution with others we spent sometime on the absurdity of the Electoral College. Someone took out a clipping quoting Hillary Clinton who said that the people would not allow an election to be overturned by the Electoral College. That is, the former First Lady opined, if the popular vote went one way while the electoral count went another, she was of the belief that a popular uprising would insist on the rule of democracy and not the States.

Not too long ago, all the semi-official pundits held that Social Security was the third rail of politics and no serious politician would ever suggest that it be abolished or deformed. Today the “Democratic” President joins his supposed adversaries in the Republican congressional caucus to suggest hacking away at this key New Deal, Democratic and popular program.

The fact is that the American people are the weakest, most dominated, wimps in all history. They don’t rebel, they don’t oppose, they don’t resist. Other peoples will man the barricades, protest, march, and engage in massive civil disobedience. When things are at their worst, other gutsy people will rebel. But not the Americans! Americans will gripe to one another but won’t act. You can expect a muffled, “Well, whatta ya gonna do, they’ve got the power”, and that’s it.

The descendants of a people who took on the world’s Superpower with a single-shot musket in 1776 don’t have the will or energy to write a measly letter to their Congressman in 2013. I hear that some are worried that a dictatorial government will forcibly take away our liberties in the near-future. Nonsense, no tyrant need fear the American people, they do not need force, the American people will peaceably hand over their liberty, their property, their guns, their money without a fight. Hell, many have given the Government their kids as cannon fodder to fight a war without reason or justification.

I was tempted to write that as long as Americans get to slouch in front of the TV, they’ll allow the government to do anything it wants to do. But upon reflection that would be incorrect. We’ve given them our TVs as well. When I was young my city had five channels and provided more programming than is now provided with 70-plus. There is now 9 minutes of commercials for 21 minutes of programming in sharp contrast to my yesteryear in which 27 minutes of programming made room for 3 minutes of commercials. Many programs are 100% commercials. But even with the drastic increase in the proportion of commercial interruptions, most of us have to pay a cable or dish company just to get a TV signal.

So we’ve given up our TV as well without a fight.

The Government taxes us and then redistributes our money to bankers and billionaires. More taxpayer money is given in corporate welfare than ever offered to the poor, hungry and homeless.

Ninety per cent of the people surveyed declared their support for background checks prior to the sale of a gun, a stand that was even supported by the NRA 20 years ago, and the Senate easily musters a majority against this simple regulation.

The law in its majesty prohibits “insider trading” to everyone engaged in stock market transactions, except for Congress-critters who are by law exempt. What a blatant violation of ethics! And what does Mr and Mrs America do? Nothing.

Congress critters retire from a fulltime job as our “representatives” and end up with a greater net worth than if they had actually worked for a living. We have a President with a documented career as a community organizer, part-time college instructor, state senator, U.S. Senator and President who has accumulated a fortune of $ 12 MILLION and  no one questions it.

Factories are closed and jobs shipped to China. This is done as the result of an industrial policy promoted by our political and corporate elite. It isn’t an act of God nor the result of a natural process, it is the deliberate result of policy known in advance and set in the understanding that the mass of American workers would suffer. And what do Americans do as the jobs disappear and as 100s of millions of dollars are sucked up by Chinese commissars? Sigh, and slump back to the couch. Soon, those who still have couches will be slumping to the curbstone instead.

America didn’t lose in an open competition with other nations. The game was fixed and we were sold out by our coaches and team managers. But most importantly, while our grandfathers fought to give us the country and the liberty that was ours, we were unwilling to fight to keep it.

Americans wimped out.


One response to “The People Won’t Stand for It? The Wimp Factor in History

  1. The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC).

    Every vote, everywhere, would be politically relevant and equal in presidential elections. No more distorting and divisive red and blue state maps. There would no longer be a handful of ‘battleground’ states where voters and policies are more important than those of the voters in 80% of the states that now are just ‘spectators’ and ignored after the conventions.

    When the bill is enacted by states with a majority of the electoral votes– enough electoral votes to elect a President (270 of 538), all the electoral votes from the enacting states would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and DC.

    The presidential election system that we have today was not designed, anticipated, or favored by the Founding Fathers but, instead, is the product of decades of evolutionary change precipitated by the emergence of political parties and enactment by 48 states of winner-take-all laws, not mentioned, much less endorsed, in the Constitution.

    The bill uses the power given to each state by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution to change how they award their electoral votes for President. Historically, virtually all of the major changes in the method of electing the President, including ending the requirement that only men who owned substantial property could vote and 48 current state-by-state winner-take-all laws, have come about by state legislative action.

    In Gallup polls since 1944, only about 20% of the public has supported the current system of awarding all of a state’s electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the most votes in each separate state (with about 70% opposed and about 10% undecided). Support for a national popular vote is strong among Republicans, Democrats, and Independent voters, as well as every demographic group in virtually every state surveyed in recent polls in recent closely divided Battleground states: CO – 68%, FL – 78%, IA 75%, MI – 73%, MO – 70%, NH – 69%, NV – 72%, NM– 76%, NC – 74%, OH – 70%, PA – 78%, VA – 74%, and WI – 71%; in Small states (3 to 5 electoral votes): AK – 70%, DC – 76%, DE – 75%, ID – 77%, ME – 77%, MT – 72%, NE 74%, NH – 69%, NV – 72%, NM – 76%, OK – 81%, RI – 74%, SD – 71%, UT – 70%, VT – 75%, WV – 81%, and WY – 69%; in Southern and Border states: AR – 80%, KY- 80%, MS – 77%, MO – 70%, NC – 74%, OK – 81%, SC – 71%, TN – 83%, VA – 74%, and WV – 81%; and in other states polled: AZ – 67%, CA – 70%, CT – 74%, MA – 73%, MN – 75%, NY – 79%, OR – 76%, and WA – 77%. Americans believe that the candidate who receives the most votes should win.

    The bill has passed 31 state legislative chambers in 21 states with 243 electoral votes. The bill has been enacted by 9 jurisdictions with 132 electoral votes – 49% of the 270 necessary to go into effect.

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