“What happens when both parties are completely corrupt and the ivory towers are falling down?”
A Little background on me and my upbringing
I am a rare breed to say the least. A breath of fresh air for some and a pain in the ass for others.
Unwilling to succumb to the status-quo, determined to bring about real change. Dedicated to proving that America is, was, and always will be the greatest country ever know to man.
I was raised in a Christian home by loving parents who emigrated from Puerto Rico in the early 80′s. Puerto Rican born citizens are automatically citizens of the United States but other than that, the similarities between my family story and any modern day immigrant are eerily similar.
My dad: was a poor country boy, who grew up in New York until he was 7 and then moved back to Puerto Rico where they lived with no running water or electricity. I’ve seen the house and it always blows my mind when I think of what that must have been like.
My mom: was the rich city girl (if you can call Guayama PR a city) who fell in love with the country boy. They decided to get married and come to the states for my dad to finish his degree. I was already in the womb when they came over. Apparently I was a journey man before birth.
They were on a quest to make a better life for themselves and open doors for their children that had never been opened for them. They were as lost as a couple from a small island might be after moving from their homeland, to a much larger city, learning to cope with the cold winters, and mostly just trying to figuring out how to survive.
We lived a simple life…
My parents took us to church most Sunday’s while we were growing up (against my will most of the time), but I learned the bible and its message all while rebelling in my own way.
I was a renegade from early on. I remember always questioning authority and giving my parents a hard time. You could say I was the text book case study on how to be a black sheep.
My sister is a few months and a year older than me and my brother is about 3 years younger. There I sat, right in the middle of a five person household, in a modest cape cod style home (with only one bathroom, I-might-add). The house sat one block away from some of the rougher neighborhoods on the north side of Columbus Ohio.
The rules I learned to play by
Ever since I can remember, I’ve played this game called life by my own rules. Running around questioning authority and pushing the limits of acceptability; often crossing over the proverbial line-in-the-sand which usually carried it’s own own set of consequences.
Most of the time, my efforts lead to a tanned hide at the hands of my moms favorite wooden spoon or my fathers leather belt which was branded with his name. Something he had picked up on a recent trip to Mexico.
No matter which of them was reminding me how much of a screw up I had just been, I learned early on that decisions had consequences. I learned that the choices I made, were not un-makable and that once I did what I did, I would get what I had coming.
“I know I have something special waiting for me when I eventually have children because of the nightmares I must have given my parents growing up.”
Sometimes I deserved every bit of the whooping I got, but most of the time, I deserved more.
How much have I really learned?
I can’t say I really learned anything because I still make all sorts of mistakes. However, the way I see the world is what they truly affected. I might mess up once in a while but they instilled good values. They taught me the most important things and left it up to me to learn the rest.
I didn’t realize it at the time, but now I can appreciate that tough love more than ever, as I watch a culture of idiocy sprouting up all around me, I wonder if I will do half as good a job raising my children as they did raising me.
There are so many children running around unchecked by neutered parents, unwilling and unable to be restrained. Entitled to everything, working for nothing and otherwise raising themselves in a society that becomes more and more unrecognizable as time goes on.
Lost, wandering around aimlessly, unprepared for the rude awakening that will surely find them one day soon. Unaware of the backhand that awaits around one of the next corners in their maze called life. The smack down they desperately need and undoubtedly deserve.
Growing up liberal, err… creative.
I have always been a man of the arts. I remember on one of our family trips to Puerto Rico as a child, my mom tried to bribe me with bubble gum to sing for random members of the family. I was part of at least 4 different choirs growing up, attended a Commercial Arts program my senior year of high school and would attend a prestigious design school to study industrial design when I graduated high school.
My mom would later tell me that at times she worried I might turn out to be gay… Me? I just loved to create and capture my ideas. First visually, then later through my words. It would become an addiction I would never break.
As a child I remember drawing all the time. It started when I was younger. I used to copy characters (X-Men mostly) out of the comic books I used to collect. One time I remember showing one of the drawings to my dad. He looked at it and told me there was no way I could have drawn it. He said that I must have traced it. I persisted and showed him the comic book I had copied it from. When he compared the drawings and saw that the scale didn’t match he had nothing left to do but apologize for telling me he thought I traced it.
My time as a liberal…
Lasted about as long as a blink of an eye in the grand scheme of things.
I still remember thinking at one point, that money was silly and that people should just have what they needed and give what they could. I never studied Marxism formally but there was a time in my life where I believed in the ideology of socialism and the principles of communism. I think it is a natural progression in the development of a curious mind. The exploration of a truly ideal society is appealing to everyone at some level.
Even to this day I understand the appeal of that ideology. I understand the desire to believe in a Utopian society where people are always good, have everything they need and there is no suffering anywhere.
I quickly discovered that this utopia I dreamed of would be impossible to actually pull off. There is no chance for a perfect society, and there can be no equality in life, whether talking about outcome or income. America was the closest man will ever come to a true Utopia and we are doing all we can do to destroy it.
Later in life I would get an opportunity to chase my dreams, but I also learned early on that it would be the hard work that paid off in the end. The road would be bumpy and success would be no ones responsibility but mine.
I quickly realized that there would be no one there to hold my hand or make sure I didn’t get hurt in life. There would be no do-over’s or mulligan’s. I discovered that I would have to fight, claw and suffer in order to truly be the man I thought I was destined to be. I learned that I would have to lose it all before there was any chance at having anything real.
A constitutionally conservative libertarian
I actually remembering helping my parents deliver newspapers early in the morning and hearing Rush Limbaugh on the radio. I don’t ever remember listening to it and I am sure I even protested it at times but that was before children ran all over their parents so mine just told me to shut-up.
It wasn’t until much later in life that I stated to really explore politics and learn about American History on my own. I had this thirst to understand the founding of this country and to understand other parts of world history. I wanted to know about the rise and fall of the other great societies that came before America.
I wanted to know why we were different and why, over the last 200 years America was able to grow technologically and economically like no country before it.
I am sure I studied the constitution growing up, and I’m sure I even memorized the preamble without ever really understanding what it meant. But, for some reason, at this point in my life, I had a genuine desire to know more about what it all really meant. I wanted to understand the political and ideological philosophy of the great leaders and nation builders of the past.
When I made the switch
I was carving my own path as a freshman sales professional at a Toyota dealership in Bradenton Florida, and I was finally making some real money. I started paying attention to the world and wanted to understand business and economics.
These were all things I might have learned in college… had I stuck it out. Instead, I would be forced to discover my own path. I would explore the world for myself and appreciate what it meant to live in a free country. I decided early on that I wanted to be my own king and build my own castle.
I learned to learn, and I learned to love it. I read book-after-book, not only discovering the foundation of this country but the demise of other great nations throughout history.
I wanted to understand the background for what is now the progressive political movement in America. The spawn of Marxism, Communism and Fascism. A movement that has been patiently executing a long-con on the inner workings of our entire political system.
I wanted to know everything about everything. I finally stepped out of the bubble, started exploring for myself and learned that the world is an amazing place. I saw that there was so much to know and learn about it and the human species. So much to learn about our behavior and habits as social beings.
I need to understand how and why these behaviors are constantly manipulated and how they are used to move entire sections of society. I wanted to learn more about how we are socially engineered on a mass scale and why anyone would want to corrupt the most brilliant social experiment on the face of the earth.
I wanted it all.
I started learning about political philosophy and life itself. I mixed everything I read with my own life experiences and then started to understand why someone would want it all for themselves.
I started to understand why a group of people would eventually want to take it all for themselves and turn the rest of us into their slaves. Leaving us all ultimately unable to change the national decision making process by neutering the power of our entire political system.
I saw how both of the political parties had corrupted the entire system from the inside out, and how they desensitized everyone to politics as a whole. I discovered a religion of government being built right underneath our noses and that we were falling for it hook line and sinker. I saw that it was more of a battle to protect their power than to govern under the constraints of the constitution. Or even under the pretense of protecting the people.
I saw corporations greasing the wheels of a political machine that runs the vehicle of progress that is America. I watched them pervert the word progress as a whole and dictate the entire premise of any debate.
I began to see their master plan and started to wonder when they would finally pull the rug out from under all of us. When they would have enough leverage to pull the cloak over the entire country and finally flip the switch.
I wondered if we even had a chance to stop and turn things around. Whether we even had a chance to save the country I had fallen in love with all over again.
I’m still a liberal at heart
In the truest sense of the word I am a liberal. I believe in maximum freedom and limited government. I believe in personal accountability and even used to call myself a liberal until I realized how badly the word had been bastardized.
My Struggle with the current political establishment
I don’t really know what I am when it comes to a current political affiliation. At least in the sense of using one of their popular labels.
I am usually able to understand both sides of most of their arguments, I even think there are some pretty logical solutions to many of our current political problems. I am just utterly appalled at the current state of affairs in America. It seems as if we are incapable of playing nice with one another. As if for some reason the system was set up to get us to fight among ourselves. Almost as if they were purposely dividing us in order to distract us while they ran away with unchecked power.
They have lulled us to sleep and put us all inside of boxes. With their political labels they have branded us and we are to conform or be crushed. We must fall in line with popular opinion or fall under attack. As if for some reason, all of us should somehow be ok with getting put into one of their boxes and never speaking out.
We should all live under the name of one of the labels they give us and never question a thing. We are all bridled in political correctness, unable to express an opinion for the fear of being labeled a bigot or racist. We are to throw common sense out the door and instead follow only their direct instruction. We are to trust in them with as much faith as any religion and we are not to ask questions.
I for one think that’s an utterly absurd premise and refuse to accept it. I am unwilling to succumb to the pull of one established political party or the other. In my eyes the political parties in this country are both irreversibly corrupt. Both sides pulling us towards a tyrannical state in which we will all be left at the mercy of our beloved king.
The only difference is that we will refer to our king as president. And his kingdom will be capital hill.
My european mind has a hard time grasping your 2 party system. Most european countries has 2 maybe 3 very big parties, who has taken turns lead our countries. 1 party with roots to the nobility (Conservative landowns), 1 with roots in the “Bourgois”- marxs term, rich entrepeanurs and similiar and the last party with strong ties to the labour unions. This has balanced each other out i nearly 115 years. How you can have only the first 2 parties is a mystery to me. So i think the challenge of your politcal system started a very long time ago.
I am a socialist by heart and i think the goverment has a great role in providing the oppotunity for everybody to get an education. How do you become a carpenter in the US? do you still have to go to collage?
And liberalism is as flawed utopian dream as socialism or communism.
I love reading your stuff.
I believe you are a “classical liberal” or “libertarian”. Maximum freedoms all around in both social and economic issues, limited government to protect our state.
I have often refers to myself as a classical liberal but seems like people do not know what that means anymore.
I agree with most of the tents of the libertarian movement but not all of them.
I call now call myself a constitutional libertarian. I think that’s the best way to easily describe my political positions.
Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts.
I like what you wrote, but would not limit the blame to liberals/progressives; all politicians, including conservatives, are responsible for the corruption you reference. Conservatives and liberals are necessary balancing components between tradition and progress. Left to their own devices without the other to check them, society would either stagnate, or change too rapidly; both of which could be major problems.
So how do we clean out and heal this infected wound? As I see it, we need to take money out of politics and leverage the Internet to its full potential. Lets allow people from more walks of life, with fresh ideas and perspectives to enter the arena. I think we’ve all had enough of being ruled by those who have the money to rise to power in the current political paradigm.
I put the blame purely on the backs of the progressive movement. It has been brewing for 100+ years and is at the heart of big government, bloated spending and walking away from the constitution. Progressivism has infested both the left and the right and I would argue that both of them are worthless. Both moving us towards tyranny.
We throw them all out. That’s what we do. We set term limits for everyone. Including judges. We revert back to appointed Senate seats, not elected ones. We institute a flat tax and hack the massive bureaucracy. We eliminate massive chunks of government and revert the power back to the states and local municipalities.
We take back/privatize schools and relaim our place as a leader in education.
We open up the internet and business, encouraging innovation and growth. I say we go back to a place where everyone has an equal chance at success. Life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Without the interference of a massive government at every step.
Then you do so in error, as nothing can be that absolute in the realm of humanity. Its categorically impossible that progressivism is solely to blame for the mess we are in.
Term limits sound good on paper, but in practice I feel that can lead to far worse legislation as the politicians will no longer fear repercussions. Take the money out and suddenly the incentive to hold office forever is gone.
As for a flat tax, that will still result in a problem of the massively wealthy hoarding capital, essentially forming the noble class due to the influence that money gives them. We’re already seeing it now, a new feudalism…something the founders surely would not have supported.
I agree we throw them all out, but what problem will appointing Senate seats resolve? Would that not lead to a different type of cronyism and corruption?
Here’s a very out there idea. What if those leading this country see that, sooner than later, we will reach a point of terminal employment? What if they know that there will come a day when there are 20 jobs, and 300 people looking for work? Robots and computers are replacing people left and right, companies are combining job titles and shrinking staff, not to mention shipping an inordinate number of jobs overseas (for whatever reason). Could it be possible they are laying the framework to manage just such a time, when employment will be the rarity rather than the norm? Could they be planning so far and so well ahead, that what appears to be lining us up for slavery is in fact preparing for a future not many can comprehend?
I do not lay all the blame at their feet. After all, we have followed their path but I think you might be a little naive on the progressive movement as a whole and how detrimental it has been to any real “progress” in this country.
The thought that the constitution is old and outdated, the thought that it should be a living, breathing document and their covert strategies to collapse america from the inside out have been seamlessly integrated in every aspect of our lives. Media, entertainment, politics and business.
These guys are purposefully trying to collapse this country and doing a great job at it. They are following their play-book to the “T” so yes, as far as political, social and economic collapse, the progressives sit at the base of the pyramid.
Term limits are the only way to stop this out of control government. Kick them all out in the next 10 years and cap participation to 2-3 terms after that. You go to Washington to do something or get out. No perpetual election processes or sweetheart deals. You abide by and live under the same laws as the rest of us and you do so from your district. Not full time in Washington.
There is no reason someone should be in office for decades back to back to back.
There should be no incentive for politics. It is a service to the country. Not something you do to go get fat and retire on. This is not the way the system was designed, and I would argue that it is the perfect perversion for how to truly stagnate a country. Create more oligarchs and a pseudo Monarchy that rules for years and years. Oh, and then have your son run to replace you after 25 years so he can hold the seat for 30 more.
The noble class? Get real man. What do you think we already have. how is requiring that everyone have some skin in the game wrong? How is making everyone pay the same share anything other than fair? How much of a persons wealth is it ok for the government to be entitled to?
And that is an interesting point you bring up about the future but I think we are a ways away from a robot economy. At least at the level you describe.
Robotics and technology, artificial intelligence and computing power are displacing jobs to be sure but that is why it is important for people to innovate and create on their own. What am I doing after all? Chasing my dreams with the hopes to produce revenue and jobs and products that scale in a whole new economy.
Even if we presume that your future is correct, creating a dependent class through government entitlement is not the answer. Even if there were no jobs to be had, I would not be ok with just subsisting. Sucking at the robotic teat if you will while the world is run by a few technocrats and their robotic army.
And honestly, these are some forward thinking mother fuckers, they have been working for more than 100 years to take the country down (or fundamentally change it as they like to call it publicly) but I don’t think most of those empty suits up there have a clue.
I think the technological revolution that is coming is how we redefine ourselves as the great super power once again. Much like the industrial revolution paved American growth, the information revolution will pave the way for a whole new economy. A decentralized means of production available to anyone willing to go out and get it.
I just wonder how ling it will be before the government goes all North Korea on us and restricts our internet experience all together.
And if you don’t think they are working on doing that then you and I need to have a completely different debate.
When I was in high school, I hated history. That dislike started at an early age, and followed me the rest of my high school years. It started with learning about slavery, and I guess you could say my compassionate self could not stomach the thought of belonging to such country that once thrived on things like such. It wasn’t until I started college that I began to realize how history played an important role, and how necessary it was for me not to overlook it. That being said, I must also say, the more I learn of the places our country has been on a socioeconomic scale, the more frustrated I become as the rose color on my glasses begins to fade. Many of our triumphs began with actions we would not dare resort to today, without a great fight. I, too, memorized aimlessly the Preamble, the pledge, and our constitutional “freedoms” as promised… But I never took them to heart. The truth is, none of us ever do until something we are passionate about is threatened, then we find ourselves looking a little more closely at the laws in which we blindly have trusted.
We are a great country. We are built with hands that had a dream of something much greater than what we’ve become. Republican, Democrat, Liberal, conservative, independent and such…. All titles that we claim- all WORDS that tell us what social norms to adopt…
I don’t know where my political party alliances fall- but quite often I find myself wondering: Whatever happened to the simple “I’m proud to be an American!!” American- why can’t that be enough?
Have yet to read a blog I didn’t love! Keep using that voice.
As always spot on Grace. This one was riddled with typos though so sorry for that. I went through it late and scheduled it to post before doing my final pass through. It should be all good now though.
I think more people need to just open their eyes as to what is happening around them. They live in ignorant bliss and will ultimately be complacent in the collapse of this country.
I agree, too many of us have started to live solely through this spectrum or republican or democrat and we have all forgotten what makes us all American,
I ran across this quote today, while half-heartedly skimming articles for class. It made me think on you, so I thought I would share:
“There is a season for wildness and a season for settledness, and this is neither. This season is about becoming. Don’t lose yourself at happy hour, but don’t lose yourself on the corporate ladder, either.” -Shauna Niequist
That’s all. :)