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Every once in a while I switch the TV channel from Fox to CNBC to see what the liberals are saying.  After listening awhile I get a deep sense of hopelessness and foreboding for our country.  The most important thing for the left is giving money to people.  They are happy to see the growth of food stamps, disability payments, housing subsidies, free healthcare and all the other welfare benefits.  They utterly fail to see the damage it is doing to the recipients.  Whole cities that once flourished have deteriorated into rotting eyesores populated with shambling hulks of chemically dependent drones.  These people are no longer employable.  They have become incompetent and helpless and the liberals can’t see that it’s their doing.

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Richard M. Nixon was a lot of different things to a lot of different people, but he occasionally said something worth quoting over the years. He once said that if government---and politicians---don't have an enemy, they had better go out and find one.

Nothing gets people on your bandwagon faster than a perceived common enemy---be it a king on the other side of the mountain, a perceived military threat or the mention of a disease.

For a century or so, the U.S. government has expanded greatly with the mention of various "isms" --there has been anarchism, bolshevism, socialism, fascism, terrorism, nazism, communism and capitalism.

There are many who believe free enterprise is another word for capitalism, but the monetary system on which we are now based is about as far away from free markets as you can get.

If what we have today is capitalism and free enterprise in the United States, the government tells us what money is, directs who gets it from whom, determines the money supply along with its central bankers and now is into the business of education, transportation, agriculture, auto making, banking and the list goes on and on.
We have all sorts of freedoms----to chose the way our government planers want us to. There are "incentives" paid for by others, to buy this type of car, spend this much money on housing, pay this much to go to college though subsidies and the list goes on.

As I get older, and see less and less difference between the various "isms." It about has come to the point that anything with an "ism" behind its name is another word for government----a group of special interests trying to run everyone else.

Richard Nixon was certainly right about that one. As I've studied history, I can't find a generation in several in the United States that was not under the threat of some
type of "ism." This was usually coupled with the government growing bigger and more powerful or often going to war against some "ism."

It is hard to find in nearly the last century in which the U.S. taxpayers were not paying for a war, a threat of war, paying for someone else's war, subsidizing someone else's military or paying for weapons for some other nation it seemed to favor over another.

Richard Nixon was absolutely right. How big---and expensive---do you think our government would be today with fear and always, of course, "an enemy?"

The perceived "enemies" may also be useful in pushing through programs.

It's funny that this sometimes fever level of fear that is manufactured is not about the coming death of the paper Federal Reserve notes, the deliberate loss of our manufacturing base in the United States, or the fear we should have of having among the largest imprisonment rates and largest divorce rates in the world.

We are not sent into a fever pitch of fear over 40,000 highway deaths a year, about some of the trash on TV and in the movies and about the simple fact we as a country are spending far more than we are taking in.

Fear is a useful tool, as Richard Nixon said, used often by government and politicians.
Tell the great unwashed if they don't like government policy, there is always a king on the other side of the mountain who would do far worse to them.

Tell them if they don't like the "ism" they are living under, there is a far worse "ism" about ready to come in and take them over. To show you just how political almost every aspect of life in the United States has become, take a moment and examine our currency and coin since our nation was founded.

Almost without exception, coinage and paper money in this country did not contain the faces of mere mortals, dead or alive, until the last century. I think Washington was on a bill one time, but that was about it.

I'm not even talking here about taking away the gold and silver from our currency and replacing it with paper and tin.

Look at who is ON our coin and currency 100 or 150 years ago. Miss Liberty. She was on most of our coinage in the 1800s. Sometimes there was a flying eagle, or later, a buffalo and so on.

Many school children today could not define the history of Miss Liberty. She may still be found on top of some small town courthouses around the country. Some called her Miss Justice, with the scales of law.

Yes, Miss Liberty was once our "celebrity" in the days before color movies, rock stars and the jet set. Instead of liberty, the battle cry of citizens today is more about the "help" they can get from other taxpayers.

Elections, as a famous Baltimore writer said years ago, are really "advance auctions of stolen goods." Everything now seems to be about politics and government in the United States, even down to buying a car and the "rebates" the government is handing out for "clunkers."

People get into hot debates, follow yelling matches on the TV political talk stations as a once great nation
decides, as many nations elsewhere, who gets and who gets to pay for it. Liberty is seldom even mentioned in political discussion. And states' rights----the federal government now determines most everything except the color of state license plates.

A study group wrote a year ago that after examination, it was determined that there are actually more laws, rules, codes and regulations in the United States than in Communist China.

We just have a better "ism."