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Who Is Willing To Clean Up This Mess?

I normally do not post like this, but I just read a post that I believe needs to be shared. John Carey from Sentry Journal has written a post called Because we’re here and no one else is going to do it. Stop what you are doing and ponder for a moment, the condition our great nation is in. Consider how far we have came, in what seems to be a relatively short time. In my mind’s eye, the pile of garbage we have to deal with in America is getting deeper and deeper. All the while, its stench is greater and greater. What John Carey wrote has stuck in my mind, so from his pen to mine, and then to you, here is a portion of the post. We would all do well to read it and ask ourselves exactly how we are going to help clean up the mess.

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Let me give a few examples of the mess I’m talking about.  The safe guards put in place to keep government in check have now been coopted and corrupted by leftist ideologues.  An example of this can be found with the mainstream media.  The newspapers and other forms of news media were given a powerful tool in the first amendment of our constitution to use in order to keep the government honest and close to the people.  The press is supposed to be the watchdogs of the republic.  They have great power to influence the national discussion.  This means they have a responsibility not only to the people but to the nation as a whole and they have failed.  The placed their own ideological position on the issues ahead of journalistic integrity and have decided to throw their lot in with the left.  They’re no longer the watchdogs of the republic; instead they have become the lapdogs of the left.  And now we’re here to clean up the mess.

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The same can be said for the out of control spending and the massive debt that has been left to us.  This debt wasn’t accumulated over night and the last time we had a balanced budget a man name Gingrich was Speaker of the House.  So do we kick the same can that was kicked to us to the next generation or do we clean up the mess the previous generation left us.  You see what people fail to see is that we’re the generation of the future that has been left a massive amount of debt.  We’re the generation that is paying for the sins of the previous one.  The reason it’s harder now to double our standard of living than it was for our parents is because we’re the generation that is chained to this debt.  We’re the generation that entitlement programs like social security and Medicare will go bankrupt.  And we’re the generation that will need to suck it up, sacrifice, and clean up the mess they left us.

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Founder and author of the political and news commentary blog Political Realities. I have always loved to write, but never have I felt my writing was more important than in this present day. If I have changed one mind or impressed one American about the direction our country is headed, then I will consider my endeavors a success. I take the tag line on this blog very seriously. Above all else, in search of the truth.

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  • The error may be in the assumption that the mess can be cleaned up.

  • I’m not so sure that the 1st amendment was written with an eye towards the press playing government watchdog. It wasn’t until the 20th century that all of a sudden the press was expected to be unbiased. It was of course the creation of liberals to pretend to be unbiased and then shut out conservative news content. In any event, when the nation was created newspapers had ideologies. The 1st amendment protects their right to print news and editorial content without government interference. It doesn’t set them up as government watchdog.

    How we get out of debt is anyone’s guess. It starts with a balenced budget. Even the supposedly radical Ryan plan doesn’t balance the budget for a decade. Until we start balancing the budget, we cannot dream of paying off our $15 trillion debt.

    • Steven, I respectfully disagree with you on the press issue. The founders trusted the press about as much as we do today because they saw first-hand the bias embedded in it back then; but this doesn’t mean they didn’t realize the power of it. This is why both freedom of speech and press are in the very first amendment because they knew both freedom of speech coupled with a free press would have the power to check the federal government.

      In 1823 Thomas Jefferson stated the following about the importance of a free press; “The only security of all is in a free press. The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely to be expressed. The agitation it produces must be submitted to. It is necessary, to keep the waters pure.” Keeping the waters pure sounds like keeping the government honest. Yes Jefferson like many of the founders had his reservations about the press, but he also respected the role it played as watchdog of the republic. We need to remember the first 10 amendments of the constitution were specifically crafted to restrain the federal government and keep it in check. And everything to include freedom of the press played a role in making that happen.

      That’s my two cents for what its worth.

      • Jefferson also said that “the only reliable truths in newspapers were the advertisements”, and that a “The man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them”.

  • Thanks for the mention Larry. I really appreciate the kind words.

  • Dragonconservative

    How to clean up the mess? Cut spending, privatize Social Security, make Medicare a voucher system, cut spending in Medicaid, cut short-term capital gains taxes, make income taxes flatter and fairer, fix the healthcare mess, reinstate the work requirement for welfare, and cut corporate taxes to 25% or less.

  • Dragonconservative

    Also one thing we have to keep in mind. Spending must be reduced GRADUALLY. Otherwise we administer shock to the economy, which will be disastrous.

  • Government can’t really do anything about the press, but the American people can, and they are. CNN has leftwing dingbats like Wolfie Blitzer and Soledad Obrien masquerading as real journalists, and they are in the ratings toilet, as is MSLSD.

    By Picking Ryan, Romney has made this election a referendum on cleaing up Government. They could get into office and end up being just as bad as the rest, but at least they are running on cleaning things up, and that’s a good sign.

    Step 1 is to elect them. Step 2 is to watch them like a hawk and make sure they know we have pitchforks sharpened and torches ready if they stray from the promised path.

    • I couldn’t agree more, Kurt. We have to start somewhere, ie. electing Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. Once that is accomplished, we need to take a picture of the pitchforks and torches and send it to them about once each week. Remind them of what we expect to happen. If they refuse to comply, act accordingly.

      The same goes for Congress. We have to make them do their job, or we will suffer the consequences.

  • We have reached a new low in Yellow journalism. But for the Internet and bloggers, little would be known of this nefarious government we now have.

  • Sadly, Newt Gingrich really didn’t do as much as claimed. The so-called “balanced budget” was all accounting tricks and political smoke and mirrors. Total national debt (in current dollars) continued to rise in each of those years, even as the revenues/outlays portion of the budget showed a surplus. They magnify the effect by showing it as debt related to GDP, but that doesn’t negate the fact that overall national debt continued to rise.

    The first step is it recognize the problem. It’s not just leftist ideologues alone, but also rightist and middle of the roadist ideologues helping. As Einstein said, “Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.” You also can’t clean up a mess while you’re actively adding to it. As leftists seek to empower the central government to control rightists, rightists similarly seek to empower it to control leftists. Both sides are screaming for them to decrease spending, but always with the caveate not on ours, but on their programs.

    Second, if we must continue to subscribe to the silly notion that we must have a national level department of education instead of a small list of minimum requirements, there must be one basic requirement to teach the economic principle behind the broken window fallacy to all primary school students. The whole country falls for it, embracing the fallacy with open arms, allowing government to grow being so well fertilized with it. Even Paul Krugman who won a Nobel prize in economics fails to consistently recognize it. They can make you feel good with fictitious GDP growth and jobs, all while stealing more of our wealth, making us all the more poor. We need to raise awareness or we’ll keep making the same mistakes.

  • I had the same reaction as you when I read John’s post, it was a terrific post and it really hit home with me. We have to clean up this mess because we are here, yet we helped to create this mess over the years. We owe it to our children to fix what has been broken.

    • It is our responsibility to at least try.