Trump and Obama, The Same? (Campaign Edition)

Discussing either President Trump or President Obama during their initial campaigns, the same can be said of both, you either love em or you hate em. Both men ran incredibly similar campaigns. Both took a bullhorn and pronounced to the world their base’s frustrations. They did not cultivate anger, they simply emboldened it. The other candidates that ran, attempted to tell us what we should be frustrated about, instead of listening to us, they ignored us. President Obama beat out career politicians, just as President Trump did. The more I look and listen to both on their campaigns, the more they become interchangeable.

If you criticized Obama, you were racist, if you criticize Trump, you hate America, regardless if either were true or false. That’s how simple their platforms were and it worked. It worked so well, that is has become the new model for success in elections. Any politician running for office today knows, the harder they echo the frustrations of their base, the better they will do. Everyone who lost complained that the values of both, were not the values of America. Again, politicians telling us what America’s values ought to be, rather than listen to the voter. Why wouldn’t Obama or Trump win?

The importance of exercising criticism on the one you voted for is paramount. The less we criticize, the easier it is for them to execute their desires instead of doing what they were hired to do. Once President Obama was elected, the majority of the press in our country and around the world fell in love with him and the complete opposite is true of President Trump. That should show you the barometer of our nation and the world. We are either hot or cold, there is no middle ground. They left blames it on Trump and the right blames it on Obama. Sound familiar, it’s always someone else’s fault.

Perhaps I am mistaken, but I truly see the two as almost interchangeable, during their campaigns. Whenever the press becomes emotional about any elected representative, it is that much easier to control the population. It becomes easier to identify and label the “bad guy” and run with it, with no regard for accuracy. Meanwhile the remaining representatives just go along to get along. As long as they can blame the president, there is no need for them to work, since the press does all the leg work involved.

The more we begin to think for ourselves, the less power they will hold over us. If you find yourself mimicking lines from the “news” then you’re only seeing what they want you to see and you’re only hearing what they want you to hear. The same talking points over and over and over again. They become less relevant and more annoying the longer they are regurgitated.

If we are as simple as Trump or Obama, then why do we deserve better?

“Keep the Change”

Picture this, a group of teenagers are hanging out around a convenience store. They are evaluating the customers walking in and out, their target is downtrodden. Once they spot the person, they casually walk up and attempt to strike up a light yet probing conversation. Once they make their mark, they go for it. They nervously hand over twenty dollars and tell their newly acquired mule to keep the change. They wait outside for what seems like an eternity, once their mule exits the store they desperately try to appear nonchalant and encourage their mule to approach them out of sight of on-lookers. The teenagers get what they want, the cheapest alcohol in the store and their mule makes off with the change. Both parties get what they want, although the price they just paid for the harshest alcohol, was probably two to three times the actual sticker price. But who cares right, they got their alcohol and they couldn’t care less about the money they lost.

This very scenario is playing out in the states that have legalized recreational marijuana. The states that have legalized it, are the highest taxed states in our country. But who cares, now you can get high without the fear of getting locked up or fined. Sure, the legal weed from the weed store might be priced sky high compared to your local drug dealer, but hey, you only live once right. Marijuana, weed and drugs, in general I really couldn’t care less, do whatever makes you happy. But just understand, some of the states with legal weed, also have some of the highest unemployment rates, highest tax rates and highest real estate in our country. I just think that the possibility of these states legalizing recreational marijuana use and consumption is to encourage its citizens into willful sedation.

Sedation to numb the feeling of poverty, sedation to champion mediocrity and sedation into servitude. The industrial revolution is over, the majority of production has either become robotic or shipped overseas, and now they have just bid your local drug dealer out of a job. Drug dealers and bake sales, both cause controversy and both are usually done with no license and under the nose of the Internal Revenue Service.

Do what you want, do what makes you successful and fulfilled, just remember there is no such thing as a free lunch. Weed shouldn’t be illegal just as selling homemade dishes without consent from the government shouldn’t be criminal. You gotta ask yourself, these so-called progressive states that have legalized recreational marijuana consumption, why aren’t the political representatives of those very states toking up with their constituents? Maybe they know something, maybe they are hiding something from us all.

My Way or the Highway

From education to healthcare or insurance, happiness and satisfaction, money and job security there are many that attempt to dictate the path to success in these examples and many more. They always say something along the lines of, “I just want to make the world a better place”. Yet the only way to follow and adhere to their plan is to forfeit your own free will and your rights. They clamor to fix what they believe has been broken or what has been overlooked. People are people no matter where or when. The ideology behind creating a new “system” or a “better” way should only be taken with a grain of salt and taken for what it is. No one has ever figured out the perfect plan or the perfect society. Smokers and the obese, both must be outlawed if we are to ever institute socialized medicine and healthcare. If these people cannot be shamed into conformity, then, when this practice of “free” healthcare comes about they will take the majority of the money funding this exact program that only has a chance of succeeding if every person is fit and healthy. Smoking and obesity is what people have been doing since the beginning of time, yet for some reason marijuana is considered healthy if not applauded.

When it comes to education, happiness and wealth, again, the same is true. For generations now, a college degree was considered the distinguishing criteria that would separate you from your peers. Yet no one earns a college degree to sweep floors or clean toilets. All of these college graduates go to college to be a boss or a supervisor, if everyone is getting the same credentials to be in management, where will the workers and employees come from? I’m not trying to slander education, I’m simply stating that perhaps college is not for everyone. However; for decades that was the supposed path to happiness, wealth and success, now our nation is filled with graduates that don’t want to work and refuse to pay back their education loans.

The passive aggressive nature of creating a system or path to happiness and success is merely the “my way or the highway” ideology. “I will tell you what you should do, but I may not practice it myself”. There is no solution to people, other than allowing everyone to exercise their free will as they see fit. With that being said, to be free and to use your free will you also must accept the consequences of your decisions and actions, whether positive or negative. Without personal accountability or responsibility, there is no need or requirement for free will. Once that point has been reached, it’s always someone else’s fault.

A Fantastic Idea

I realize that the possibility of this idea is based in fantasy, but here goes anyway. Did you ever notice how we are always made to choose between this or that, we never really get what we want, only partial buy in. To this day there are many absolutely ridiculous laws that are on the books and the enforcement of those laws hardly take place today, yet they remain in effect. The laws that are drafted in the present do nothing to get rid of what is already in place, only compound on what has happened in the past. The situation at our southern border has me wondering, if this law was a law for decades now and this is the first time it has been enforced. Maybe, exercising this law as it is written is only now bringing to light the massive flaw of this law. If this law was never enforced until now, then for decades our elected representatives merely sat back, hoping that no one would ever enforce the law as it is written. But now we know, and what do we do about it? Nothing, we fight amongst ourselves, never holding our three branches accountable and never expecting them to actually do what they were hired to do in the first place. Our elected representatives are merely that, representatives, they are not leaders, as we are a free country.

So, now we know about one law, but how many more are out there that have yet to be enforced? Are we all walking and driving around, going on about our day, never realizing the laws that we are breaking? I think the possibility of this being the case is highly likely, if not actually true. The laws that our nation and states enforce and have are often very different. Taxes and laws, how many are actually worthwhile, and how many are completely useless? It’s only a matter of time until another law is being enforced, that has practically never been enforced, even though it has been a law for generations.

Now, let’s take a gander at felons and other previous criminals. Did you know, that once you have been convicted of a felony, any felony, automatically you lose your rights? Not just while in prison, but for the rest of your life, is it fair? Possibly and possibly not, the thing that stands out to me when it comes to felons, is that once they do their time for their crime, they are released back into the public, they get jobs and they pay taxes. They pay taxes, yet they do not get their rights back. Their taxes, pay the politicians, yet the felons who paid their debt to society are forever punished, and they pay taxes. Taxes, I always thought, made us all equal in the eyes of our government? Perhaps not though, felons lose their right to vote and their right to the second amendment, yet they still pay taxes. I would think that being taxed would automatically grant your rights back, but not in this country. Possibly, if felons were not taxed, or if their rights were granted back to them fully once their penance has been completed, then perhaps, justice would truly be blind.

Taxes are a funny thing, if the person you voted for doesn’t win the election, then you must still pay taxes to the winner, regardless if you agree with them or not. Let’s be honest, everyone who talks about term limits knows that they will never pass. In order for term limits to be made law, the house and then the senate would have to pass it. They would be voting against their own interests. Why would they vote themselves out of a job? Instead, what if we actually had a say in what every fraction of a cent of our tax dollars were spent on? What if the person we voted for didn’t win, what if in that case, none of our tax dollars would go to the salary of the winner? Taxes, they are spent regardless of what we vote for and what we vote against. If we could actually pick and choose what each and every single tax dollar went to. We would be taxed as individuals, instead of as classes or groups. They say you can never please everyone, but why can’t our elected representatives try? Because they tax us without consent, because they pass ridiculous laws without our consent and because they appoint people to select positions and offices that we wish our taxes would not finance their paychecks.

It’s all about money, it always has been. They will never enact term limits just as they will never grant us the power to dictate their salaries. Once a felon, always a felon, but they must still pay their taxes. If we could just stop paying into parties, campaigns and other nonsense, then perhaps they would be beholden to us. As I stated in the beginning, I know this is a complete fantasy to think that this could ever happen. But the more we speak amongst ourselves, the more powerful we become, the bigger we are, the harder it is for them to enforce laws and taxes upon us. We pay for them, why do they never foot the bill?

Spend your money on what YOU want, do not expect me to follow suit. If we could ever stop paying the taxes we do not want, then we wouldn’t have to follow the laws that we do not finance.