This IS my Veteran’s Day Post.

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

The organization, machinery, or agency through which a political unit exercises authority and performs functions and which is usually classified according to the distribution of power within it

Definition from Cambridge:

The group of people who officially control a country:

Definition from

The political direction and control exercised over the actions of the members, citizens, or inhabitants of communities, societies, and states; direction of the affairs of a state, community, etc.; political administration: Government is necessary to the existence of civilized society.

Mortimer J. Adler defines government thus:

“Government, with the authority to make laws, to adjudicate disputes, and to issue administrative decisions, and with a monopoly of authorized force where it fails to persuade, is an indispensable means, proximately, to the peace of communal life.”

So, in the English Language, we cannot quite agree what exactly “Government” means.  We can make moral judgments on what a government is supposed to do, what powers it has, and who controls it. We can have philosophical discussions about the extent of government reach, what limits the government has when applied to the daily lives of the governed, or how the government is allowed to enforce its will.  We could even debate by what moral code the government has actually achieved its place of power in the first place.

And it is all bullshit.

I am a pragmatist and a realist.
Government is simply this, according to Ted Bronson, not a philosopher, not a poly-sci major, and most days not even particularly interested in what the majority of people around the world do to occupy their time:

Government is the instrument that human beings create and use to control other people.

People want so very much to exert external control on the internal workings of the human mind that they create governments.  People have so little faith in their fellow man, that they want somebody, anybody, to keep them safe from the vandals at the gate.  People have so little faith in themselves that they create a mystical uberbody that they then empower to do the things that they themselves cannot do.  In other words, people want stability, safety, and order in an unstable, dangerous, and disorderly world.  For this they invent governments.

The rules that any given government operates under are as varied as there are countries, ya?  From Communist China to Canada, Zaire to Aden, the U.S. of A. to Mexico.  Not one governmental system on this planet is identical to another.  Some work better than others, most just do the best the can and struggle through.  Nazi Germany worked. The Pharaohnic dynasties worked.  Rome and Greece worked. I think it is safe to say that the value of the individual was pretty damn low on the totem pole in their list of priorities, but they all worked.  At least until they stopped working.

Regardless of how these governments came to power, via whatever form of cultural evolution or chicanery, divine right or logical thought, they all failed for one simple reason:

They broke faith with their populations.

They stopped listening to the people who had entrusted them with power. These governments failed to notice that they were no longer giving to their populations protections from predation, stability of commerce, or even an orderly progression of events that allowed them, the people, to raise their families without fear.

And now it is happening again.

When ACORN is actually empowered to count the votes in Minnesota, when Ohio has 200,000 ‘questionable’ registrations and election is decided by 200,000 votes, when racist thugs are standing outside the polling booth in Pennsylvania, I say that the order and safety of the election is probably in question.

When our current administration is hell bent on selling us down the river in order to ‘rescue’ the economy, heedless to the fact that there is no way in the nine hells of the Inferno that we could ever pay it back, I say that stability of commerce is in question.  Especially when one considers that the original “plan” puts a blank check in the hands of ONE man who is then charged with fixing everything but has no controls or oversight placed on him; and he then changes the plan that got rammed through the Legislature.

When our borders are a sieve through which the uneducated dregs or the violent zealots of the world pass through with impunity, and the guards who are charged with securing it are put in solitary confinement, I say that the predators are already amongst us.

The predators are inside the walls. Failure one.

Businesses cannot function without massive governmental interference. Failure two.

The very system that is supposed to create the orderly transfer of power from one officeholder to another has been corrupted. Failure three.

And here we sit, watching it happen.

A couple hundred years ago, some bright boy figured out that the purpose of government was to protect the ability of an individual to pursue Happiness.  The same guy said something about Liberty, rights being so obvious that they were self-evident, and that governments should be laid on a foundation of principles and organized to best effect such pursuit.  He also said a little something about the government deriving its power from those it served.

There might be something to all that.

We live in a Republic.  Meaning we all have a voice, but we hire people to carry out our will.

Is it our will that land and homes can be confiscated in order to make room for a higher taxable mega property?

Is it our will that we are barred from utilizing our own resources?

Is it our will that a moneyed minority can affect the transition of our elected offices?

Is it our will that laws passed by a majority of voters, changes to a state constitution no less, can be abrogated by a room full of lawyers and guys wearing robes? Or even that such laws be allowed to be placed on a ballot in the first place?  Or that a State’s governor won’t touch it but will encourage the courts to rule against it?

Is it our will that our government has reason one to poke its nose into what you and your doctor talk about behind the office door, or how you bargain for payment?

Is it our will that a labor union can bring an entire industry to it’s knees, and our government will only make it easier for unions to continue their stranglehold?

Is it our will that the federal government owns more real estate than any single private citizen, thereby preventing citizens from utilizing it?

Is it our will that our government deny us the ability to protect ourselves in our homes or places of business with the best or most effective tools available?

Is it our will that the fruits of our labor be divided forcibly between us and those who need an apple? How about when they come for the whole tree? The orchard?

Is it our will that the people we hire to represent us and hear our voices refuse to listen when we seek relief from what we see as injustice or even just poor management?

Is it our will to be “volunteered”?

Is it our will to send billions of our soon to be inflated/deflated/stagflated currency overseas in an effort to ‘combat worldwide poverty’?

Or is that above list of questions somewhat similar in tone to that list of grievances that same bright boy made a couple hundred years ago?

The current administration has shown no signs of being responsive to the people who put them office, nor has it fulfilled all of the basic tenets of what a government is supposed to do or not do. The next one that takes office in January has stated that not only will it continue said poor governance, but will heap further abuses upon us, the citizens of this country. 300 million people live here.  Less than half voted in the last election.  About eight million votes (three percent of the population) made the difference between winning and losing.

There are at least 23 million veterans in this country.  Vets who, like myself, took an oath to defend my country and my Constitution from ALL enemies, foreign and domestic.  If these continued abuses don’t stop, if my government continues to ignore the basic foundations of the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights, will we see the day when these vets will stand up and say, with one loud voice, that these scoundrels are no longer representing the citizenry, and we want our government back?

Our government has broken faith with us.

My city on the hill isn’t shining right now.

Is it time to turn the lights back on?


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10 Responses to “This IS my Veteran’s Day Post.”

  1. D.W. Says:
    November 15th, 2008

    All I can say is thank you! Just remember that you are not alone in your frustration, my friend.

  2. mulligan Says:
    November 15th, 2008

    veteran, check
    standing, check
    loud voice, check
    cold dead fingers, not yet

  3. Ted Bronson Says:
    November 15th, 2008

    D.W.: I don’t speak from a sense of frustration. I speak from a sense of duty.

    There are 23 million vets in this country. Even if you discount over half of that as being infirm or unwilling, we still have a trained population of at least ten million people.

    A population forged in fire. Trained to take and give orders and recognize duty. Above all, proven to have taken the one step that the rest of the citizens have not: putting their bodies in front of the Constitution instead of hiding behind it or working around it.

    Does that make us vets a better class of people? No. Does it mean that we are superior to our fellow, non-veteran, citizens? No.

    What it does show is that there are least ten million people in this country who actually give a shit about it.

    Now I ask you, can ten million trained personnel take back our country? Or would they be so disgusted about what they see that they would say “Fuckit, I got a mortgage to pay, kids to buy shoes for, and high def TV to watch”?

    Mulligan: if those fingers are doing what I think they are, ask around to see how many others are doing the same.

    Then ask why not if they aren’t.

  4. Bob@thenest Says:
    November 15th, 2008

    Very, very well put. I’ll be sending the link of this one to several folks I know. I’m getting to the point that I wish someone would just go ahead and lay smoke so I’d know where to…

  5. Free In Idaho! » Blog Archive » Breaking Faith Says:
    November 16th, 2008

    [...] The other “best post” I read this week is by Ted Bronson over at The Line is Here.  A must save piece. [...]

  6. Nailed It « The Edge Of Reason Says:
    November 18th, 2008

    [...] This post at The Line Is Here pretty much sums up this veterans current feelings about the state of OUR [...]

  7. shortbus Says:
    November 18th, 2008

    You nailed it.

  8. folly Says:
    November 19th, 2008

    You’ve been linked and blogrolled. You’re writing is outstanding. I look forward to reading the rest of it.

    Oh, and I’m one of your ten million.

    Keep the faith.

  9. Ted Bronson Says:
    November 19th, 2008

    Shortbus, Folly, thanks for the links.

    Folly, thanks for your service to this country. I see you are posting from Canada: Are you ready to come back to this country and serve again if needed?

  10. Ted Says:
    November 26th, 2008

    Shortbus, was that you I heard on the Glenn Beck show this morning? Good call if yes.


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