We are at a turning point in our history. There are two paths to choose. One is a path I’ve warned about tonight, the path that leads to fragmentation and self-interest. Down that road lies a mistaken idea of freedom, the right to grasp for ourselves some advantage over others. That path would be one of constant conflict between narrow interests ending in chaos and immobility. It is a certain route to failure.
All the traditions of our past, all the lessons of our heritage, all the promises of our future point to another path, the path of common purpose and the restoration of American values. That path leads to true freedom for our nation and ourselves.
— President Jimmy Carter, July 15, 1979.
I periodically revisit President Carter’s significant speeches, and with every year that passes he’s proven just that much more right. We live today in the world he warned us about, and only because WE chose the certain route to failure. Congress is in stalemate with “constant conflict between narrow interests ending in chaos and immobility”, and it was done on purpose by people who told us that they were going to do it if we elected them. They said they wanted to beat government down until it could be drowned in a bathtub. It wasn’t a hidden agenda. It was right out in the open, and WE voted for it.
It was not lost on me that a Democrat signed NAFTA into law. It was not lost on me that Hillary Clinton, in what she intended to be taken as a non-commitment, said that she would reserve judgment about TPP until after the negotiations are over and would only support it if it contained provisions to aid displaced American workers. Think on that for a moment. Isn’t she saying that she knows TPP will displace American workers? And that it’s not reason enough to stand opposed to TPP? Her husband was the democrat who signed NAFTA into law, so it should come as no surprise that every indication is that she covertly supports TPP. It’s time to paraphrase one of her husband’s lines: Hillary Clinton, it is time for you to go!
If you’ve not paid any attention to Bernie, here are a few of his agenda items:
- Universal single-payer health care (“Medicare for all”)
- Free tuition at all state universities and colleges
- $15/hour minimum wage
Sounds a lot like the foundation of equal opportunity, doesn’t it? Sounds like a big step toward finally fulfilling the promise of the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence, doesn’t it? Isn’t the entire purpose of our government to secure the unalienable rights of all to equality, life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness? Ain’t it about time we got around to honoring that promise?