Why I Retain Some Hope For My Country
Why do I retain some hope for my country? I am not an especially brilliant individual. Therefore, if I can understand how we have been swindled, I think most people capable of eventually reaching a similar understanding. However, I have no idea how or when the American people will reach that understanding. I just fear we are running out of time — losing the opportunity to peacefully recover the free country we once enjoyed.
What is the best evidence that Americans are slowly figuring out they have been swindled? That’s the Tea Party Revolution, that spontaneous uprising the began in the latter days of the administration of President George W. Bush. When Bush decided he needed hundreds of billions of dollars to bail out Wall Street, the truth finally began to dawn on millions of Americans. Our leaders no longer respect our Constitution or our nation’s traditions.
Does every member of the Tea Party Revolution think like me? No. Some undoubtedly have a better understanding the problems facing the country. Others just want to protect their Medicare and Social Security benefits from the ravages of a runaway, big-spending government. Many have yet to see the erosion of our Christian heritage as the core issue. Nonetheless, the Tea Party is united in one important respect. All understand that our government has become too big. All recognize big government as a threat to the rights of the citizens of this nation.
In previous series, I have written about:
- The relationship between Christianity and Socialism => CHRISTIANITY AND SOCIALISM — PART 1
- The difficulty of defining The Establishment => WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO CHALLENGE THE ESTABLISHMENT — PART 1
- How and why our leaders use identity politics to divide us => MAKING AN ISSUE OUT OF IDENTITY
- The moral issues posed by the choice between Capitalism and Socialism => THE MORAL CHOICE BETWEEN CAPITALISM AND SOCIALISM — PART 1
Unfortunately, those posts missed an important concept. Why? I did not understand that concept well enough to put it into words. Fortunately, when I read A Man Taking Care of His Wife and Daughter Is Now an “Alternative Lifestyle”? by Biltrix, an idea began to form.
In his post, derided a news story that treated a man taking care of his daughter as an “alternative lifestyle.” Here is how I commented on that post.
Consider this expression: the corporate mass media. Why would I use that expression?
What is a corporation? A corporation is a government creation. Unfortunately, in this era of big government, corporations no longer serve the same purpose they once had. In past, governments authorized corporations so that private citizens would have the legal means to amass capital for business projects. Now, with so much regulation and so many tax “incentives” corporations have become instruments of government policy. In fact, their survival often depends upon incestuous relationships with government officials.
So why does the corporate mass media twist and spin the news the way it does? Perhaps what is more amazing is that the news media retains any objectivity whatsoever. (from here)
When we think of government, we usually think of departments and agencies that call themselves departments of the government or government agencies. Because they seem so ordinary, we forget the incestuous ties that exist between so-called private collectives and local, state, and the federal government. In our country every type of organization now finds itself the subject of intense government regulation. If nothing else, our tax collectors demand to know how each and every organized entity collects and spends its money. Consider this ever expanding list that just covers nonprofits.
According to the IRS Publication 557†, in the Organization Reference Chart section, the following is an exact list of 501(c) organization types and their corresponding descriptions.
501(c)(1) — Corporations Organized Under Act of Congress (including Federal Credit Unions)
501(c)(2) — Title Holding Corporation for Exempt Organization
501(c)(3) — Religious, Educational, Charitable, Scientific, Literary, Testing for Public Safety, to Foster National or International Amateur Sports Competition, or Prevention of Cruelty to Children or Animals Organizations
501(c)(4) — Civic Leagues, Social Welfare Organizations, and Local Associations of Employees
501(c)(5) — Labor, Agricultural and Horticultural Organizations
501(c)(6) — Business Leagues, Chambers of Commerce, Real Estate Boards, etc.
501(c)(7) — Social and Recreational Clubs
501(c)(8) — Fraternal Beneficiary Societies and Associations
501(c)(9) — Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Associations
501(c)(10) — Domestic Fraternal Societies and Associations
501(c)(11) — Teachers’ Retirement Fund Associations
501(c)(12) — Benevolent Life Insurance Associations, Mutual Ditch or Irrigation Companies, Mutual or Cooperative Telephone Companies, etc.
501(c)(13) — Cemetery Companies
501(c)(14) — State-Chartered Credit Unions, Mutual Reserve Funds
501(c)(15) — Mutual Insurance Companies or Associations
501(c)(16) — Cooperative Organizations to Finance Crop Operations
501(c)(17) — Supplemental Unemployment Benefit Trusts
501(c)(18) — Employee Funded Pension Trust (created before June 25, 1959)
501(c)(19) — Post or Organization of Past or Present Members of the Armed Forces
501(c)(20) — Group Legal Services Plan Organizations
501(c)(21) — Black lung Benefit Trusts
501(c)(22) — Withdrawal Liability Payment Fund
501(c)(23) — Veterans Organization (created before 1880)
501(c)(24) — Section 4049 ERISA Trusts
501(c)(25) — Title Holding Corporations or Trusts with Multiple Parents
501(c)(26) — State-Sponsored Organization Providing Health Coverage for High-Risk Individuals
501(c)(27) — State-Sponsored Workers’ Compensation Reinsurance Organization
501(c)(28) — National Railroad Retirement Investment Trust
501(c)(29) — Qualified Nonprofit Health Insurance Issuers
What is the point? Organizations that work with politicians — that establish political connections with the government — receive special benefits and competitive advantages when they do so. How bad is that? Think about this question. What if an organization, even a religious organization, has to compromise its values to work with the government? Doesn’t our government reward them for doing so or punish them when they refuse?
So what will this series be about?
- How has private commerce been corrupted by government?: March 10, 2014
- How have labor unions been corrupted by government?: March 17, 2014
- How have nonprofits been corrupted by government?
- How has the mass media been corrupted by government?
- Who is the enemy?
- How do we defeat the enemy?
Do I have the answers to all these questions? Not really. The problem is more complicated than I know. I don’t really see the overthrow of our nation as a devious plot by masterminds. I just see a society slipped loose from its mooring — drifting further and further from the Truths it once held dear.