In the spirit of elections, this Money Weekly article will dabble in politics just for this week. Whether we like it or not, our money has a direct correlation with what goes on in politics. To be quite honest with you, I hate that my money is impacted by a system that I have relatively no control over — I could be screwed at any number of points throughout the process with the system that is in place.
My journey to becoming libertarian minded, with a lean towards very minimal government and regulations, did not happen overnight at all. I wasn’t taught to have this mindset in school, and it was something that would ultimately have my beliefs going against the grain of society. My views really began forming as I experienced first-hand what it was like to have the government interfering with goals I was attempting to pursue.
The Default American Voter
My fear now is that the default American voter, who is relatively uneducated and brainwashed by conventional wisdom, will be set to vote for things that screw over hardworking entrepreneurs and those with a passion to succeed. Notice, I didn’t make this into a rich and poor conflict, because that’s not what it is; it’s the people who want to work hard and those who want handouts. Just because someone is poor, doesn’t mean they want to live in a society where hard work isn’t rewarded and success is punished.
The truth is, most fiscally conservative members of society I agree with in theory, it’s just that the mainstream republicans are still way too big government for what I would ideally choose. It was sad to see the way society disregarded Ron Paul as such a crazy old man, because his ideas were extreme compared to what was already in motion. But it goes to show you that society has slipped down a slippery slope of bigger government that will be virtually impossible to slow down, and those who want to win in office are going to have to accommodate their values to the deteriorating system that is on an inevitable crash course.
It takes out of the box thinking to embrace ideas that do not line up with the main stream thinking. From what we have learned through the education system to what we hear in the media, conventional wisdom says the government is good and it’s the job of the government to tax and redistribute wealth.
The Rabbit Hole of Truth
From my experience, when you go down the rabbit hole of truth and explore what is best for a country, then you see where everything is headed; it’s enough to make you throw in the towel and just stop caring. Getting to this point actually becomes very liberating, and you begin to just focus on ways to just succeed your way through your own problems. It really is a distraction from the noise when you are busy making money or doing what you love. Granted, the government will want their share of what you are doing sooner or later, but it’s still a win in my book.
There really is no middle ground compromise for me… I would love to see a guy like Ron Paul get elected into office and clean house. Not exactly sure how much he could actually be able to do, but I know he would sure try. If someone with his mindset never makes it into office, then just let the big government guys blow the whole thing up where everything could potentially reset.
The more uneducated society is, the more ignorant things they demand, and the more screwed-up politicians get elected into government. The republic that we theoretically have, does not exist and the mob is ruling and voting themselves entitlements and handouts from politicians, who’s only goal is to have more votes than the guy next to him.
All of this comes at the expense of what used to be the American Dream. You can either get wrapped up in the problems that exist in society, or just focus on your journey and overcome the problems through your own personal victories. I choose the latter!
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