Do The Freakin Math

Liberals and conservatives alike frequently rely on limited evidence, personal experience, religious beliefs or gut emotions to determine solutions for complex problems. From immigration to global warming - taxes to terrorism - or health care to free trade - analytical study is rare. Science based policy making isn’t the way of Washington. And the consequences are catastrophic. Change is urgently needed. Just do the freakin’ math.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Government is broken. World federation is fix.

Harlan Ullman’s “Where stands the party of Democrats?” (7-27-06) should be required reading for all Americans. I’ve heard/read no one else who so clearly explains the problem we all face – our “government is broken”.

And, as Ulman states, Democrats do have more to offer in achieving national security than the Republican ‘shot first, talk later’ strategy. But as Ullman points out, Democrats can’t come up with anything that is “marketable” and that ‘might actually work’.

But Democrat failure to come up with any “alternative national security policies” has more to do with their lack of courage than their “Will Rogers” acclaimed ‘disorganization’. Democrats can’t outline what is needed to preserve both America’s freedoms and security in a hyper-globalized world because they can’t convince themselves or the American people by November that we need a federal world government. Their plan is to get elected with no plan running against the Republican’s failing plan.

The real flaw underlying our broken government isn’t party loyalty. It’s much worse. It’s every American politician’s unquestioned loyalty to the imaginary concepts of ‘national sovereignty’ and ‘independence’ (the foundational concepts of our government’s structure and function) instead of the reality of a hyper globalized interdependent world that we all actually live in.

Our government’s broke because it’s based on imaginary concepts. ‘Independence’ only exists in our minds and in our government’s documents...not the real world. Our government can’t deal in any adequate way with the real threats of globalization (terrorism, pandemics, climate change, poverty, immigration, crime, extremist religions, proliferation of WMD…) without fair and enforceable global rules and regulations. These however, would require an elected global government able of legislating and fairly enforcing the protection of inalienable human rights. And, this would require an international police force and a means to finance it -- global taxes.

Given most American’s aversion to global government and our loyalty to the illusion of ‘national sovereignty’ it will likely persist until an interdependent world provides us with the reality of far more pain, suffering and loss of freedoms. So, the Democrats are gutless and the Republican are in error. Both are unwilling to fix what’s broken. Perhaps its time to stock up on nonperishable goods.


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