I had the good fortune of interviewing Peter Schweizer on today’s show. He was traveling along the East Coast by train, so his call presented a bit of a challenge. What follows is my monologue from the show:
I almost named this show “A Country Poised to Turn Upside-Down”. When you hear people talk about nearing the “tipping point”, what do YOU think about? It’s scary to think about a country that is different than what we grew up with. After all, we have a bit of history, don’t we? Didn’t we endure a revolutionary war to cement our independence? Didn’t we carve out a Constitution to manage our country in that war’s aftermath? Didn’t we fight a Civil War to end one individual’s dominance over another?
What in God’s name has happened? How did such an honorable endeavor turn into what we see today?
Unfortunately, I can’t answer that. I can only give you clues that suggest how we might have gotten here.
One of my favorite quotes comes from Rush Limbaugh. I have to paraphrase it, because he reconfigured his site and the quote is no longer where it was in the past.
“Most people’s historical perspective begins with the day of their birth.”
The reason I like this quote is because it’s true! We all have a great perspective when we look at things in relationship to our past. The issue becomes the fact that our own past should not be the only thing to advise us of our future. We also have 200+ years of history that we must take into account! Sadly, most educational institutions do not teach our youth the facts of our heritage to help broaden their perspective.
We are now witnessing the results of the disenfranchisement of our youth from our history. They no longer champion the entrepreneur. Instead, they villainize him. Why do they not recognize the entrepreneur’s vital contribution to our society? Why do they treat the entrepreneur’s success with disdain? It’s because our educational institutions have taught them to. Moreover the target of their disdain in misplaced by focusing solely on Wall Street or, for that matter, Main Street.
As conservatives, we dedicate our lives to providing for our families. We sacrifice much in the pursuit of a “new idea” that we hope might advance society and improve our family’s well-being. That maxim is now being thwarted by the policies of our federal government in its pursuit of power.
The power to control our lives is tantamount to our existing government’s ability to enrich itself at our expense. In my lifetime, I’ve seen the detrimental effects of government’s insatiable desire to control us. It has unraveled our foundational principles and made us totally subservient to it. It no longer governs as “We the People”.
If you have connections, however, you can game the system to your advantage. As government grows larger and larger, the influence of special interest becomes entwined within the bureaucracy. It’s like allowing Morning Glory to grow in you flower bed. At first, the plant might stay where you put it and help populate your trellis with a blanket of leaves and the morning flowers. Left unchecked, however, it will quickly take over everything within reach and begin altering the intended appearance of your flower bed. If left to go to seed, you will spend the rest of your life trying to keep it from coming up every spring.
Our government has reached the stage of a garden overrun with Morning Glory. It can no longer be contained within its intended boundaries. It has morphed into a hideous weed that threatens to destroy any appearance of a garden. It’s now providing cover for other undesirable elements like rodents and herbivores, which we call lobbyists and legislators. Mosquitoes and bureaucrats hide in the shade of its leaves during the day and then attack us at nightfall.
There is only one answer to correcting such a state. The garden must be completely uprooted an tilled over before you can replant. It might take a few seasons to rid yourself of unwanted growth, but in time, the garden will once again take on its intended appearance. Never again can Morning Glory be allowed to take hold.
As Sarah Palin likes to say, the only answer is sudden and relentless reform.
You can listen to my interview with Peter Schweizer HERE.
Special thanks to Stephen Bannon for arranging this interview. Stephen, you ROCK!