I have an addiction. I try hard to avoid it. I don’t know why it fascinates me so. I don’t know when it began, and I don’t know that I will ever get over it. I’m addicted to process– the order of things.
Maybe it’s because I “invented” one too many ways to play card games with my grandmother growing up, or perhaps it’s because I always wanted to be “the one that knew the rules”, but I’ve always liked and have been fascinated with knowing what the rules are.
That’s one of the reasons that I would actually give Ron Paul the time of day in my brain. That’s why I like reading about people like Sen. Tom Coburn from Oklahoma. I like people who stand for the side of the rule of law and want to do things in the right order.
But I’m also a realist.
You see, I was the Chairmen of the Deacons at my local church during an especially difficult time. They say that you really get to know your church Constitution only when you need to and this was one of those circumstances.
You see, without getting into details, it became very important very quickly to understand exactly what was in our church constitution and what was not. Most of the people that attended the church were surprised that the document was written in such a way that we were a Pastor-run church when we all thought we were congregationally run.
Why the confusion? Because we’d not been following the rules– like many bodies of government tend to do when things are going well.
So– How does this relate to the Federal Government?
There’s been a lot said how Rep. Paul is the “Dr. No” in the House of Representatives– basically, if it isn’t in the Constitution, he doesn’t vote for it. All of us can support a man of principle, even if we disagree with him. For what he does here, I can support him.
The problem comes into play when we start to talk about the Presidential Election.
You see Congress has neglected the true intent of the Constitution that it no longer really knows what the Constitution is. They’ve eroded the rules to the point that they can justify anything through twisted readings and applications and they’ve run away with it– and I’m not sure it’ll ever be able to go back.
That’s pretty defeatist of you
It’s blunt, yes. But people that have taken power are loath to give it up. The only way that I can see it going back is through revolution or a systematic giving up of power after people see that they have a problem. It would take many changes in the people that run the government for them to want to go back.
There are truly two schools of thought about this country, but it’s not as much the red states/blue states or rich/poor problem, it’s more about how much government we want and what its role in our lives should be.
I’m not sure that those that want big government are ever going away, as I don’t think those that want a small government are either.
No one plays by the rules
Which brings me back to my point. No one is going to play by the rules. Right now, there’s disagreement to what the rules even are. And there’s going to be no agreement to write new ones. So, as much as I could agree with Rep. Paul’s desire to adhere to the rules– and would probably follow his lead to a large extent– I cannot say that he is the best candidate for President.
You would need a whole lot more grass roots support for him than he is currently getting for him to be the right man for the job– and that’s not even covering my disagreement with him over Iraq and legalized prostitution.
Until the people wake up and see the rules– or care about them– we need someone who will be able to work to wake the people up to see their problem and want to change it. In the meantime, we need someone with the desire to lead toward that end with the wisdom to take us there in an indirect method.