What Fools These Mortals Be: The State of American Politics

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In that famous line from A Midsummer’s Night Dream advising whether a “ridiculous scene” should be observed, William Shakespeare has Puck warn us: “Lord, what fools these mortals be.”

According to an NBC News Online Poll conducted after last Thursday’s Fox TV Republican presidential candidates’ debate, Donald Trump still topped the list of GOP candidates that Republican primary voters would support if the presidential primary were being held now.

First, I suppose I should establish my Republican bona fides.

I became a Republican when I was 7 years old. For my birthday, my aunt gave me a book about the life of Lincoln. That so impressed me that I registered GOP when, in 1958, I became eligible to vote at 21. I remain so today, but with no great enthusiasm.

During my eight years’ service in the U.S. House of Representatives, based on my votes, the respected Congressional Quarterly rated me as the one most Republican — meaning I voted consistently with the majority of my party more than any other GOP member. (They also found me to be one of the most conservative members). I have been a delegate or alternate to six GOP national conventions.

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With that history, I think I have a right to render my opinion on the current Republican presidential primary fiasco.

Perhaps calamity would be a better word, since that usually describes an event causing great distress — although 23% of GOP Trump voters don’t see the presidential primary that way.

Are Republicans upset about the turn their presidential primary is taking? Should they be?

I think most Americans are upset.

Both political parties are alike in all the worst ways — spending, debt and destruction of our liberties. We are told repeatedly, “Believe us, we really will be conservative if elected this time.” The same leftward bent, premised on the “need to compromise,” afflicts the U.S. Senate GOP “leader” Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and to a lesser extent, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio.

I tend to agree with conservative talk show host, Laura Ingraham, who sees a “… seething fury at the leadership of the Republican Party, and it’s going to bubble over somehow with somebody, and right now it’s with Trump. A lot of ticked-off people are willing to throw both parties into the fire.”

Americans are bombarded daily by infuriating media reports of official stupidity and willful disregard for our rights — by legislators, bureaucrats, police, judges, even questionable acts by the president himself.  The resulting mood of frustration, even despair, serves as the background for most people’s political thinking. To whom can we turn to get real change?

Psychology suggests that people perceive and interpret ambiguous or complex issues in the simplest form possible. We prefer things clear and ordered that seem safer and take less time to process intellectually.

Enter a wannabe President of the United States: Donald Trump.

Buying Americans With Simplistic Solutions

The administration of Barack Obama has underscored painfully the need for a return to sound policies. But has Mr. Trump seriously addressed any of the crucial issues facing America today?

We at The Sovereign Society believe in libertarian/conservative principles that support government/political stability, fair laws and judicial systems, free markets, personal and financial privacy and minimal taxes. We respect the U.S. Constitution as a limitation and guide, and support individuals’ rights. We respect the role of the government in national defense.

Where does Trump stand on any of these issues?

My friend, the late President Ronald Reagan, used to refer to politics as “the second oldest profession.” That fits with the definition of “demagogue” as a political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular prejudices rather than by using rational argument.

I believe the foundation of real leadership is honesty. People should want a leader they can trust; a leader who has morals, values and integrity and who speaks the truth.

Alexis De Tocqueville may have been right in predicting that once Americans discovered they could elect leaders who would buy their votes with other people’s money, democracy would become a farcical bidding war.

The same warning applies to the farce of political pygmies offering simplistic solutions when in truth the times demand revolutionary change.

Yours for liberty,
Bob Bauman Sovereign Investor
Bob Bauman JD
Chairman, Freedom Alliance