"But I don't want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
"Oh, you can't help that," said the Cat: "we're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad."
"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn't have come here."
(Alice's Adventures in Wonderland)
It appears America has become that mad land Alice stumbled upon down the rabbit hole. There is so much about American society that no longer makes any sense. Up is down, black is white and right is wrong. We've witnessed the implementation of programs, policies and court opinions over the last several decades that defy commonsense and logic. And there appears to be no end in sight to the madness.
Consider that FDR's New Deal created a government with an insatiable appetite for more money, more federal workers and more bureaucracy which are expended in the most wasteful manner. Lyndon Johnson's Great Society programs incentivized unemployment and created generational dependence on government handouts. Jurists became activists by ignoring the Constitution and legislating from the bench.
There exists in Washington, D.C., today, a political climate that considers business evil, hard work to be without virtue, and individual liberty and freedom a plague that must be eliminated.
Time after time, government bureaucrats, politicians, academia, major news organizations and the cultural elite demonstrate themselves to be out of step and out of touch with the American people and their values.
Consider the following juxtapositions.
A country whose national character is typified by the great melting pot is continually being redefined by individuals who promote racial, ethnic, religious, and gender division.
Servicemen and women who are fighting a determined foe in Iraq and Afghanistan are undermined by service chiefs who announce the military's number one strategic priority is not winning these wars but instead to achieve diversity in the ranks.
American businesses have shed millions of jobs due to inane economic policies while billions of taxpayer dollars are spent to subsidize "green jobs" that lead to nothing other than bloated government bureaucracy.
Washington, D.C. power brokers treat the AIG bailout as a national security matter by covering up details at the same time that the CIA's counter-terrorism policies are widely publicized as if they were part of a national advertising campaign.
In Congress, the term "cut" is not a decrease in spending but is instead only a slight reduction in an expected spending increase that is well-beyond the inflation rate.
Government employees are among the most handsomely compensated in America even though the public sector is the most dysfunctional and inefficient component of our economy.
Major press outlets celebrate the lives of morally repugnant individuals such as Ted Kennedy, Michael Jackson, and George Tiller and ignore the passing of actual heroes such as Medal of Honor recipient Robert Howard.
A national leader who accomplished absolutely nothing was given the Nobel Peace Prize over freedom-loving grassroots leaders and citizens -- including scores who were killed – who opposed totalitarianism in Iran.
The practice of religion -- particularly Christianity -- is treated like a hate crime.
Officials in charge of the Justice Department's anti-terrorism policies are the same people who worked feverishly to free to terrorist detainees.
The federal government overturns two centuries of banking law by subordinating the rights of secured creditors to the interests of politically-connected unsecured creditors.
The Administration argues that pro-lifers, supporters of the Second Amendment, opponents of the flood of illegal aliens, and even military veterans pose a domestic terrorist threat while actual terrorists who slaughter Americans are coddled.
American citizens and businesses generously donate more than a billion dollars to ravaged corners of the globe such as Southeast Asia and the Caribbean yet other countries that offer a mere pittance dare to criticize our motives.
The remarkable accomplishments of World War II veterans are denigrated by a president who apologizes for their having defeated Nazism and Japanese Imperialism.
After a president declares no lobbyists will work for him he immediately appoints high-powered lobbyists to positions throughout his Administration.
Elected officials engage in world record-setting government spending while making the absurd claim it will grow the nation's economy however, it only results in world record deficits.
The political left finds it reprehensible that U.S. intelligence agencies listened in on telephone calls between suspected terrorist cells in the U.S. and known terrorist entities abroad but are silent when school officials spy on minor-aged children using school-issued laptop web cameras.
Sadly, we could go on listing more examples. But it is not necessary. It is abundantly clear the wheels have come off the cart of America. How we got here is not really important. How to get our nation back on track is.
Perhaps this explains the emergence of a tea party. A bit of a mad tea party, at that.
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