There’s that Lincoln quote. A couple of years ago.
You know, the original Republican who spoke for all future Republicans.
Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.
-Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg, 1863
What a novel concept.
What utter bullshit.
It just is.
Words are easy. Lincoln’s words were worth a little more as he knew how to string together words better than most. As does our current president.
At the time of Lincoln’s speech, women were not allowed to vote. Nearly 60 years from women getting the right to vote and 100 from them getting the right to wear pants.
Neither, really, were black men (I just eliminated black women). The Civil Rights Act was over 100 years away.
This country is, as all my history teachers professed, a representative democracy. Meaning, you vote representatives into positions of power and hope they work in your best interests. Your being the plural your.
I think most of our elected representatives believe that your is singular. Like, America was designed so that people could hold office and vote their personal beliefs without ever checking in on their constituencies and trying to represent them.
To be honest, this form of Democracy is a failure. Mostly because people don’t vote.
Mostly because corporations are people.
Mostly because representatives don’t represent you.
Mostly because money is everything.
Let’s face it, if this were a democracy of the people by the people for the people, then maybe representatives would be forced to check in with their constituents before reading Cat in the Hat and shutting down the government.
If the people had a say, maybe more than 60% of the population would vote over our most important elections.
If Lincoln knew who would be representing the party he started. If Lincoln knew Trump and Cruz would be predominate racists and fascists of his party… maybe Lincoln would have done something else.
If Lincoln would have known he would be starting the party the Koch Brothers would prey on, fund, and butcher.
If Lincoln would have known that he was starting the party of bigotry.
If Lincoln would have known that he started the party which represented Wal-Mart. And the NRA. Those two above all else. Above civil rights, murder, and equality.
If Lincoln would have thought he was getting shot to push the agenda of white supremacists.
And Jerry Falwell.
And Sarah Palin.
Wait, I’m back to white supremacists.
If Lincoln would have thought he was starting a movement that only the wealthy and bigoted would embrace, would he have done it?
I think he would have. He would never be in a position to change what he could not control in the future. Short range changes. Immediate impact.
If FDR would have thought he was in the party which was purchased by Goldman Sachs… there, I was fair.
So here’s my point.
Of the people, for the people, by the people…
It’s all rhetoric.
It’s all a lie.
It was when he said it.
It was when this country was founded.
It is today.
It is and has always been of those in power by those in power for those in power.
Power = money.
Power = land once upon a time, but we are an evolutionary world.
The people have little say, and that is why so few vote for the election of the leader of the free world. It won’t matter.
I lived in Colorado once upon a time. George W. Bush was running for president against Al Gore. Nationally it was close. My state was heavily toward Bush. I voted Nader. People blame me for Bush getting elected, but my vote would not have changed the electoral college.
It’s a scam. The electoral college.
It’s a lie.
And it’s meant to make you feel that way so you don’t vote.
Representative Democracy does not represent anybody. Not you nor I. Only the wealthy.
It’s one of the most quoted and biggest lies of our government. That Lincoln quote. It doesn’t work. But it sounds good. It sounds very good.
Government of the people, by the people, for the people…
It’s not real.
If it was real there would be more options. Not just this or that. Blue or Red. Clinton or Trump.
If it was real, when people wanted gun laws to be passed, they’d happen because of the overwhelming majority who want them to happen.
When people supported pro-choice, it would remain that way.
When people wanted to stay out of the TPP, it would not be part of the platform.
When people want changes to campaign finance, then money would be taken out of politics.
Oh, and monopoly and collusion laws would be upheld which would cause an end to today’s twenty-four hour programming of bullshit.
When the Republicans decided that religion would be a major platform and Bible study would be part of American History, it would be met with First Amendment glares and protests.
I’m done with examples. There are no politicians who truly work for the people. They work for ego. They work for their own ideology. Like it or not, they will be re-elected.
And here’s the problem, instead of saying the original intent may have been wrong, the politicians change the rules to make them more right. Whether the people like it or not.
I think Lincoln was an optimist. He saw something that wasn’t there.
Or was in complete fucking denial.
But he said very true things.
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
The Patriot Act and banning Muslims
You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.
When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.
Or at least not that whole Judaeo Christian junk.
I guess he was more right than wrong.
I also think he would be ashamed.
Doesn’t matter. None of this is “for the people.”