Democracy's Achilles Heel
By Daryl L. Hunter (11-11-2006)

Today's partisan politics begs the question, who's side are they on anyway? and regardless of which party the answer spoken in deeds not words are always the side of their party. And America is becoming the victim of their divisive ways.

To become a representative of the people a candidate must decide if his view of America's responsibility lies with the insurance of general welfare of the populace (Democrats and big government), or the opposite side of the spectrum that emphasizes personal responsibility, local autonomy, and fiscal conservatism (Republicans and small government).

Idealism is the driving force on both sides. They are both well meaning with opposite visions and approaches of a better America.

Once a candidate has picked sides they then must pander to the coalitions of their particular ideology to gain support and the money necessary to get elected. Pandering necessitates promises and promises always cost money on some level.

The Democrats promise government social programs for the masses facilitating a secure worry free future a position rooted in empathy. The opposite Republican vision is to grease the wheels of commerce and get government out of the way facilitating the entrepreneurial and independent spirit of our people which expedites commerce and job growth.

The Democrats constituency mandates continual government intervention and implication of insurance of the general welfare of the people and their pandering representatives deliver the legislation to implement it. The fiscally conservative Republicans although 100% against most social spending must agree to half measures of all social spending proposals to avoid being villainized by the opposition as heartless because Republicans need the support of fiscally conservative, self reliant blue collar workers as well as the business community. The result of this kind of compromise is we always get half of something despite how ill conceived or the eventual cost of new bureaucratic bloat.

There have been several democracy's over millennia and their average length of existence is about 200 years. They always collapse due to the crippling exponential pressure on the treasury to deliver the promises made during democracy's pandering process.

There is a constant that we Americans should factor before we support new social spending. On average, a social program's actual cost is 400-percent more by its 20th anniversary than the programs projected cost at inception, and they are never a bargain at the time of proposal and implementation. The cost of war and natural catastrophe, as expensive as they may be, have a finite beginning and end, social entitlement programs do not.

Democracy's nature, people voting for their self interests as they perceive them seldom factor the real cost of a piece of legislation at the ballot box, their scope of reference or interest is usually limited to their lifetime; a price ultimately paid by their progeny.

The American Republic will endure
until the day Congress discovers that
it can bribe the public with the public's money.
- Alexis de Tocqueville