If you arrived here from a Nachez Democrat article you already know what a mess we are dealing with here. It is hard to believe, that in this day and age, we actually have unelected officials levying taxes anywhere, in any capacity.
I make my living writing about the decay of government. I am always critical of any government agency that has accrued too much power unto itself. However, almost invariably, the situation is actually the fault of the governed.
The people who we hand more and more power to at the local, state and national level are laughing at us. The have no fear of us. They work to keep us divided and think they are safe. They truly do believe you are too stupid to see their abuse and they come back year after year, hungry for more power.
But I think the problem isn’t your IQ. I believe it is apathy. For years it has been seen, in an adolescent sort of way, as cool to remain uninvolved in politics. Adults make all kinds of excuses for allowing themselves to be walked on. The coolest of attitudes is the petulant, phony intelligent excuse that there is nothing citizens can do to take charge of government, especially state and local government.
“Dude, they’re all the same. We can’t change anything.”
The guy listening at the party or on the golf course may pretend he is impressed with talk like that. But he knows that talk like that IS the problem. And so do you. But it feels cool to pretend you are above it all, doesn’t it? The fact is your are not above it. The fact is you are now, almost completely, a puppet of those who are supposed to be working for you.
Here’s what won’t feel cool.
Mississippi is a sparcely populated state. As we drift further and further from our duties as citizens and voters, we further ensure our own demise. Being a small state, with fewer resources, we will fall further and harder than the rest of the nation when the gravy train rolls to a stop. And that train always does.
But we can turn ourselves around. We can create a Mississippi that isn’t populated by drones that let themselves get walked on day in and day out. And we even have an issue that crosses all party and philosophical lines with which we can start taking back our governance and teach our politicians what Jefferson meant when he said the government should fear the governed.
The fact that we have unelected school board who can tax people would be laughable, a piss poor comedy show, if it weren’t such an abuse of power. It is a terrible precedent. No government, without a sound slap in the face from its constituents EVER stopped at one successful abuse. In Mississippi where the unelected can tax you, the natural next step is to put more of those people in place in other capacities to do the same thing.
“So what,” they’ll say to you. “So what if we have unelected zoning officials funding projects you didn’t vote for by taxing you. The school board did it, and you didn’t complain.” In context and after the fact, they’ll be right. Once learnt, twice burnt, right?
This is an issue that has no party or philosophical father. It is unadulterated BS. And anyone reading this, no matter where you fall on the politics spectrum knows that is true. The only people who favor this idiocy are the people who wield this power and the benefactors of the power.
I’ll let you in on a little secret. It’s not the students in Mississippi who benefit. It is administrators (there are far too many), purveyors of useless pet projects and contractors who build and maintain school buildings who LOVE this kind of abuse of the citizenry. This is also where the $10,000 per student K – 12 goes in this state. It doesn’t go to educating children. That’s among the lowest of priorities.
But you, dear reader, know this is wrong. You also know it is a symptom of everything we see as wrong in our dysfunctional government at all levels. But this one is easily fixed. And this little issue can be the new paradigm upon which Mississippi leads the nation back to sanity. If we can end this practice, and of course we can, we can end other practices. We can end the practice in DC where a bill is born in the White House, written by special interests and shoved down the throats of our legislators with no debate.
We only need to prove ourselves here and the rest can follow.
So what will it be? Are you going to continue to pretend to be “cool” (which means wimps and puppets) or are you going to stand up? It will take you about 10 minutes to stand up and make a difference.
Bookmark this page and like Paul Brown’s Facebook page. Details will follow soon. This is a fight we can win.