Interview with Peter Schweizer

I had the good fortune of interviewing Peter Schweizer on today’s show. He was traveling along the East Coast by train, so his call presented a bit of a challenge. What follows is my monologue from the show:

I almost named this show “A Country Poised to Turn Upside-Down”. When you hear people talk about nearing the “tipping point”, what do YOU think about? It’s scary to think about a country that is different than what we grew up with. After all, we have a bit of history, don’t we? Didn’t we endure a revolutionary war to cement our independence? Didn’t we carve out a Constitution to manage our country in that war’s aftermath? Didn’t we fight a Civil War to end one individual’s dominance over another?

What in God’s name has happened? How did such an honorable endeavor turn into what we see today?

Unfortunately, I can’t answer that. I can only give you clues that suggest how we might have gotten here.

One of my favorite quotes comes from Rush Limbaugh. I have to paraphrase it, because he reconfigured his site and the quote is no longer where it was in the past.

“Most people’s historical perspective begins with the day of their birth.”

The reason I like this quote is because it’s true! We all have a great perspective when we look at things in relationship to our past. The issue becomes the fact that our own past should not be the only thing to advise us of our future. We also have 200+ years of history that we must take into account! Sadly, most educational institutions do not teach our youth the facts of our heritage to help broaden their perspective.

We are now witnessing the results of the disenfranchisement of our youth from our history. They no longer champion the entrepreneur. Instead, they villainize him. Why do they not recognize the entrepreneur’s vital contribution to our society? Why do they treat the entrepreneur’s success with disdain? It’s because our educational institutions have taught them to. Moreover the target of their disdain in misplaced by focusing solely on Wall Street or, for that matter, Main Street.

As conservatives, we dedicate our lives to providing for our families. We sacrifice much in the pursuit of a “new idea” that we hope might advance society and improve our family’s well-being. That maxim is now being thwarted by the policies of our federal government in its pursuit of power.

The power to control our lives is tantamount to our existing government’s ability to enrich itself at our expense. In my lifetime, I’ve seen the detrimental effects of government’s insatiable desire to control us. It has unraveled our foundational principles and made us totally subservient to it. It no longer governs as “We the People”.

If you have connections, however, you can game the system to your advantage. As government grows larger and larger, the influence of special interest becomes entwined within the bureaucracy. It’s like allowing Morning Glory to grow in you flower bed. At first, the plant might stay where you put it and help populate your trellis with a blanket of leaves and the morning flowers. Left unchecked, however, it will quickly take over everything within reach and begin altering the intended appearance of your flower bed. If left to go to seed, you will spend the rest of your life trying to keep it from coming up every spring.

Our government has reached the stage of a garden overrun with Morning Glory. It can no longer be contained within its intended boundaries. It has morphed into a hideous weed that threatens to destroy any appearance of a garden. It’s now providing cover for other undesirable elements like rodents and herbivores, which we call lobbyists and legislators. Mosquitoes and bureaucrats hide in the shade of its leaves during the day and then attack us at nightfall.

There is only one answer to correcting such a state. The garden must be completely uprooted an tilled over before you can replant. It might take a few seasons to rid yourself of unwanted growth, but in time, the garden will once again take on its intended appearance. Never again can Morning Glory be allowed to take hold.

As Sarah Palin likes to say, the only answer is sudden and relentless reform.

You can listen to my interview with Peter Schweizer HERE.

Special thanks to Stephen Bannon for arranging this interview. Stephen, you ROCK!

Crony Capitalism

What follows is the monologue from today’s Roderic Deane Show.

Crony Capitalism. Perhaps a way to describe it would be legalized corruption. This is how Dictionary.com defines corruption:

(noun)

1. The act of corrupting or state of being corrupt.

2. moral perversion; depravity.

3. perversion of integrity.

4. corrupt or dishonest proceedings.

5. bribery.

6. debasement or alteration, as of language or a text.

7. a debased form of a word.

8. any corrupting influence or agency.

Now, here is how BusinessDictionary.com defines crony capitalism:

An economy that is nominally free-market, but allows for preferential regulation and other favorable government intervention based on personal relationships. In such a system, the false appearance of “pure” capitalism is publicly maintained to preserve the exclusive influence of well-connected individuals.

Anytime money can be used to influence a governmental outcome to one’s own advantage, it could be described as a form of corruption. Why? Because once you allow a governmental system to become skewed toward a special interest, that governmental system can no longer be described as “of the people, for the people and by the people”, a phrase coined by Abraham Lincoln in his Gettysburg Address.

Crony capitalism has grown exponentially as our government has become more complex. The legalistic mumbo-jumbo of legislative language does not serve we, “the people” when the least of our members is powerless to comprehend the impact of a legislative outcome on his or her own life. The people can no longer be described as self-reliant when they become dependent on someone else to explain a law or regulation that affects them. It is that self-reliance that has propelled the citizens of The United States to achieve more than has ever been achieved by any group of people in the history of the world. That spirit of self-reliance has been corrupted to the point where it is no longer recognizable.

For those of us that continue to live our lives in that spirit of self-reliance, our current government is also no longer recognizable. Although we cannot place singular blame on crony capitalism for our current state of government, it has been a significant contributing factor in our government’s devolvement from its original design. The power of our governing institutions has grown so much that there is barely any aspect of our lives that it doesn’t touch and seek to control. As Lord Acton so famously put it, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

Today, we are seeing the effects of crony capitalism on the integrity of our elected officials. Common law is no longer the law of the land. It has been usurped by the willingness of elected officials to turn a blind eye toward its basic principles. These officials now march in lockstep with the special interests that pad their pockets with campaign dollars. These campaign dollars allow the politician to maintain power and the corrupting nature of that power is obvious to anyone outside its influence. Unfortunately, once inside the prism of government, the light of that knowledge bends away from those we most desperately need it to shine on. We have but one alternative and that is sudden and relentless reform.

You can listen to the show HERE.