Gentle Reader, this opinion piece was written by my dear friend, Jim Remmert, one of the best and most knowledgeable Libertarians I know.
“Lately, there has been a lot of media criticism about the need for and absence of “compromise” between our elected officials in Washington. One political consultant, Douglas Schoen, has even written a book, the title of which (“Hopelessly Divided”) accurately describes the ideological gap that exists between our elected representatives in Washington, and the frustration of the electorate with them.
However, many of these officeholders told their constituents that, if elected, they would work for economic freedom, individual liberty, lower taxes and government fiscal responsibility. Is it reasonable to expect that these people would compromise with other politicians who promised their constituents that they would work to expand government, and increase taxes? In short, where is the compromise between politicians who promise freedom with individual responsibility and those who promise government benefits and controls in exchange for reelection and expanded government power? These two opposing views of government are diametrically opposed and cannot be reconciled.
We voters created this mess that is driving our country toward the brink of financial and social chaos. Only we can return our country to a functioning representative democracy by giving our elected representatives an unequivocal message in November. The candidates can clarify the choices that are available to us. But between now and then we voters must reach a clear consensus whether the country will go forward as a society of government-dependent or free people. Make up your mind voters and don’t blame politicians for being who they said they would be.”