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Charlie Daniels: Politics Is No Longer Public Service

Charlie Daniels
By Charlie Daniels | August 7, 2017 | 3:10 PM EDT

U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C. (Wikimedia Commons Photo)

Politics is no longer public service. It is a jaded, high stakes game, played by power drunk career politicians who have only two priorities in their lives, and the prosperity and security of the United States is not one of them. Reelection and power have taken the place of patriotism and honor in an atmosphere where betrayal is acceptable and common sense is as scarce as unicorns.

Why did members of Congress try to make their voters believe that they felt the pain caused by Obamacare? Why did they lead us to believe it was “We’re all in this together,” knowing full well that 70 percent of their cost was subsidized, so they could buy the very best coverage with the lowest deductibles at a fraction of the cost that an ordinary citizen would pay for a high deductible, low coverage plan?

Folks, the reason is simple, those folks, with very few exceptions, don’t give a d--- about us

or the country. All they care about is winning, and they’d sell your whole generation down the drain if it meant they could keep their ivory towers for another season.

In fact, they’ve already done it.

Who paid for the incompetence of the Wall Street housing bubble debacle?

Whose sons and daughters are in Iraq taking back territory we’ve already captured twice?

Reality and truth are no longer the tenants of operation. It’s perception and what you can get away with, and we are being lied to, mislead and made to think that the unmanageable national debt that hangs over our heads like Poe’s pendulum will not one day destroy our economy, devalue our savings and so weaken our country as to make us vulnerable to the nations who hold the notes on our debt.

Nobody is willing to raise the debt alarm, but everybody is willing to raise the debt ceiling.

I’m not talking Democrat or Republican here; I’m talking both sides of the aisle. Admittedly, Barack Obama created over half of this staggering national debt, but he holds no patent on profligate spending. The R’s and the D’s have both done their share of it, and both stand guilty of the deep hole our nation has dug itself into.

And why is it that there is a protected class in Washington?

Do any of you think for one moment that if the ordinary, unconnected citizens that we are had done what Hillary Clinton did, or what Lois Lerner did, or what Eric Holder did, or what Loretta Lynch did, or looked the American people in the face and lied like Bill Clinton did, or whispered what Obama whispered into the ear of a Russian official or any of the other myriad of things we’ve witnessed our so-called “public servants” do, that you’d still be walking the street or drawing full government retirement?

No, you wouldn’t because you’re not part of the club, and you never will be. You’re just a hard-working American citizen who doesn’t participate in subsidized platinum insurance programs or spend the taxpayer’s money to ensure that you’ll return to your job next year.

You don’t get immunity from crimes and misdemeanors. You’re only a means to an end to these people, a vote and a taxpayer. In other words, all they need from you is to keep them in office and finance their reckless, self-serving spending.

Once in a while, they’ll throw you a bone, hoping that you’ll go back to your corner and lie down like the good little puppy they view you as.

I’ll let you in on a little secret, Donald Trump is not a member of their club either, and while I’m very well aware that his juvenile name-calling and acerbic tweets do not serve him well sometimes, the main problem the establishment has with Donald Trump is not Russia.

Do you think that Chuck Schumer actually thinks that Trump colluded with Russia, had some secret deal that would benefit him to the detriment of America?

I’d be willing to bet my Ram pickup truck against a lug nut that if you hooked Schumer up to a lie detector and asked him that question he’d fail the test.

No, Schumer, the rest of the Democrat attack machine, George Soros, the Barack Obama’s well-financed underground – et al – have known better than to believe that.

(I really can’t say about Nancy Pelosi and Maxine Waters.)

But Russia, just the very word has elicited a distrust and feeling of dread and fear in the hearts of Americans for over 70 years, and what better buzz word to attach to a political opponent.

You see, if what Trump is trying to do is successful, there will be no need, for the Schumers, Pelosi’s and Soroses will spend millions of dollars in vain.

If American industry does come back, if the economy does soar, if the chronic influx of illegal immigrants does ebb, if our streets are ridded of violent street gangs, if the Supreme Court is again weighted toward constitutionality, patriotism and common sense, if our one-sided international trade deals are either fixed or discarded, if our military does regain and retain its rightful place as the best equipped, best manned, most technologically advanced and highly motivated on the planet, if the little Pillsbury Doughboy in North Korea gets his chubby butt handed to him, if Iran’s feet are held to the fire, if American energy sources are tapped and utilized to make us totally energy independent, if these and other goals of the Trump administration are reached, the days of the career politician are over.

As the people of this nation realize that we don’t need the power cliques and shady fraternities that now run Capitol Hill, that we don’t need career politicians at all, that all the old mossbacks – those who have been in office for decades and try to corrupt and co-opt every new member of the House and Senate who comes to the beltway – are unnecessary, and that them and their nests of influence peddling and corruption need to be cut out down to its rotten core, they’ll realize that our founders never meant for legislative politics to be a vocation.

It was only ever meant to be a term of service, then to move over and let somebody fresh off the street, who understands the situation now and not twenty years ago, to take their place, representing the people who sent them there. It’s not about the “R” or the “D” after their names.

If that day ever comes, people will demand term limits, and empires will fall as Senators, Congressmen, lobbyists and bureaucrats find themselves on a level playing field with the people they lied to and took advantage of for so long.

Come on home, y’all.  Come on home and work for a living for a change.

What do you think?

Pray for our troops, our police and the peace of Jerusalem.

God Bless America

Charlie Daniels

Charlie Daniels is a legendary American singer, song writer, guitarist, and fiddler famous for his contributions to country and southern rock music. Daniels has been active as a singer since the early 1950s. He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on January 24, 2008.

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