Explaining What the Heck Just Happened?
The country is divided. How best to explain the election results of 2016? I thought of a simple illustration even a 5th grader would understand.
- Jan. 2017
A Hypothetical Scenerio
Suppose a new Administration came to power, and they decided to go after Hollywood and the film industry. They put forth the theory that our culture is degraded due to the exploitation of our youth by the sex and violence and drug culture glorified in our films. They propose legislation to limit or shut down the film industry and succeeded to do so even without passing a single law. By use of regulations and mandates that were not voted by the public but instituted by bureaucrats in Washington DC. As a result, the actors and film related workers lost their livelihood. They protest and demonstrate against their Congressional leaders with no avail. Not only that, the government decided to fund a Christian movie project to the tune of $500 million dollars and subsequently went bankrupt. Does this sound fair to you? I thought we are suppose to be a democracy and ruled by the people?
Given the above hypothetical, replace the Administration with the Obama administration. Replace, Hollywood and film industry with the coal industry. Replace the course culture theory with Climate Change. Replace the actors of Hollywood with coal miners In West Virginia. Replace the Christian film group with Solyndra solar company. Now, do you understand what the heck just happened?
The lesson we should all learn from this is that democracy works only when people are able to debate issues and discuss and compare and finally vote on the best course of action. When laws and regulations are forced upon the public, they usually fails. The genius of our Constitutional Republic is putting the power in the hands of the people rather than by fiat of a king or a tyrant.