On Morning Joe today the crew and guests like Tina Brown, Ezra Klein and Al Sharpton talked about the breakdown in Washington DC -- they can't get anything done on the debt ceiling, spending cuts or raising taxes -- they're frozen in a partisan divide -- Obama can't make bold decisions and lead the way -- politicians are too worried about the next election -- so on and so forth. Tina Brown either lamented the fact, or simply stated the fact, that people are beginning to take matters into their own hands to solve problems. Imagine that.
I will say this -- if the inadvertent result of Obama's presidency is that Americans take responsibility for their problems and creatively find solutions, then I will declare Obama's presidency as the most important in our history. Seriously, what Morning Joe was discussing this morning is the failure of statism. Many of us know that statism always fails -- it has to -- it can't end any other way. In the history of mankind there has never been success from central planning and social engineering. Domination has always led to decline -- freedom rises for a minute, then domination returns.
The challenge of the 21st century is not to fix statism/domination short-term so that interventionist governments can prop up a coercive State machine and stretch out it survival for another decade or two -- the challenge of the 21st century is to finish and do right what our Founders attempted in the beginning -- truly limit government and establish an authentically free market. Unless we apply fundamental solutions at this point in time, we will continue our decline, and collapse won't be far away. Statism has been pushed to the breaking point -- we have even surpassed the USSR's long run, but mainly because we had a measure of freedom. Now, we need to do the hard thing -- oppose statism, defeat statism and place real limits on government power. The State machine is powerful, but if the American people want change, we can make it happen -- even if we have to vote every current politician out of office and start over.
Joe Scarborough and Mika said they were tired of Sarah Palin news then spent ten minutes talking about how the media should quit talking about Sarah Palin. I have an idea -- Joe and Mika can use their influence and get the producers to establish a Sarah Palin black-out on Morning Joe -- no discussion at all about Sarah Palin, to show how Sarah Palin is not news-worthy -- yes, make a statement about Sarah Palin, that she's not a player, not important, not worthy of further discussion -- no more Sarah Palin news, seriously, no more, because even though Sarah Palin went to Iowa, it's not...