Ever heard the saying about history repeating itself?
Guess who said this: ”The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our government’s reckless fiscal policies.”
Surely it was someone sorely in opposition to raising the debt limit? It was then-Senator Barrack Obama on March 20, 2006, in a Senate floor speech.
Has anyone even read this bill yet? Or is it one that, as the now U.S. House of Representatives Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, would say, needs to be passed so we can all find out what is in it?
Is it just me that sees this, or is a pattern prominent here? Elected officials fail miserably in their duties and allow a crisis to develop. Said crisis is presented to American citizens as dire and catastrophic, allowing little time for reflection or honest investigation into culpability. The citizen is told that, in order to save them, they must relinquish some liberty and trust their elected officials to know what is best for them.
It would be naîve to assert here that the people are not in some way culpable themselves for the crisis we currently find ourselves in, but it is so much worse than that. The people are surrendering their birthright at such an alarming rate that it is conceivable they may not have one anymore.
Benjamin Franklin said, “We’ve given you a republic. What remains to be seen is if you will be able to retain it.”
It would be reasonable to assert he was right.
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