Many teens, and adults, would happily sit back and do nothing, until it came to voting. So they do their one act of politics that year and vote, then they go home and wait to see the results. Surprise surprise, they candidates they voted for didn't win. What happened? They hardly did anything. If all someone does is vote, if they don't get involved then their not going to make a huge difference. The sad thing is, some don't even vote. Not to say voting isn't important, that is a civil duty. Given our freedom it's our responsibility to vote. (Of course, if you're a teen I don't expect you to vote yet, nor can I vote yet, but have no mistake that I will vote when I turn 18)
I was reading a book yesterday entitled A Century Turns by William J. Bennett when I read about an education bill in congress. George Miller, a liberal congressman from California, proposed an amendment that would practically outlaw homeschooling. Mike Farris and his Home School Legal Defense team weren't happy about this, nor was Focus on the Family. Soon tens of thousands of homeschoolers and their supporters were phoning the capitol. The capitol's phone lines were so backed up that the congressmen and congresswoman could hardly even call their offices. Soon the capitol gave up crying for the mercy of the callers. They removed the amendment from the bill. Point of the story? We got involved. I realize that not all of my readers are homeschooled so it doesn't have the same affect as it does for me. But the point is that this was an example of people getting involved and stopping something they didn't want to happen from happening. This is a perfect example of what we should be doing. We need to get involved in our government and change things. Us as teens are not limited by our age[and certainly not adults]. I will be out there campaigning for good, conservative republicans into congress and my state legislature. If you don't think that our government is in trouble see part two of this post below.
I think we can all agree that communism is wrong. If you don't let me explain. Take the two sides of Berlin during the Cold War. One side, West Berlin, was controlled by the U.S., France, England, and other generally free countries. The other side, East Berlin, was controlled by the U.S.S.R., a communist government. When you look at pictures and statistics it is clear that West Berlin was very prosperous under the free governments, while East Berlin was the exact opposite. I will not go further then that, if you need more information, Google it[that's the norm these days isn't it? If you really want to get into it, go to the library]. The basic thing though was that the communist side was like a wasteland, while the free side was a very prosperous land.
We can conclude from this and other examples that communism is not a good thing. With that in mind, let me inform you, if you did not already know, that America was founded as a free nation, a capitalist nation, and a democratic nation[actually, it was not a simple democracy, it was also a republican nation, but that's another topic]. We don't want our nation to become a communist nation, or a socialist nation. Besides the fact that socialism itself is bad, the simple fact is, one way or another, socialism will always lead to communism.
The other night, at my economics class (it was the night after the health care bill passed in the House) we were talking about command economies, otherwise known as communist economies. The curriculum was written around fifteen years ago. In the first page of the chapter we studied it listed seven things that would happen before we, America, became a communist nation.
- Confiscation of private property-The government can now take your property if they deem it necessary. There was a time when the government 'bought' a house from a family in order to put in a mall in the area.
- Restraint of economic competition-This is happening with health-care reform because the government is now going to control one seventh of the economy. When they take over health-care their removing health-care insurance companies economic competitive market.
- Governmental monopolization of production and distribution-This happened when the Obama administration took over General Motors, a top car manufacturing and distributing company.
- Control of consumption through forced rationing-This is one that you have to think about, but in a way the government has started to do this through health care reform. I won't explain.
- Strict control or abolition of labor unions-This is the only thing I could not find out via internet or remember from the class, but I am certain that this has happened in some form.
- Nationalization of banking systems-Sadly, I could again not find a direct source for this, though I am certain it has happened, if not from economics class, from watching the news. One way, in an indirect relation however, the government has nationalized banking systems is by bailing them out. If the government can bail the banks out they can take them over, simple as that.
- Governmental determination of wages-The government made the minimum wage. This may sound nice at first but if a company has to pay their employees more their unable to hire more employees and/or build up their company. When this happens the company starts to go down and then there's less and less jobs until the company goes bankrupt.
That's the last political post hopefully for a while, as I don't like to be so negative as I was in this post. The next post[hopefully] will be on wizards and powerful beings.