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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Different sides - same coin

One of the many epihanies I've had in recent years is the realization that the two political parties in Washington are really just two sides of the same coin. They spend ridiculous amounts of time trying to differentiate themselves on a given issue but, in the end, it comes down to the same thing - the government controls your life.

For example, the Republicans generally insist that any two people have the right to conduct business with each other without government interference but that the government should act to prevent those two people from getting married if they are of the same sex.

The Democrats insist that those two people have an absolute right to get married but the government should act to prevent those two people from engaging in certain business activities.

I realize I am greatly oversimplifiying the matter and ignoring all sorts of extraneous arguments for both sides, but the point is still valid - both sides want the government to control your lives, they are just arguing about which side to control. And so the pendulum swings. Obama is bringing us change - but only from one side of control to the other.

'We the people' get caught up in the battle for which side to control and completely forget that it is our lives they are attempting to control.

In the grand scheme of things - 'we' lose.

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