The analogy of a runaway train is one that just continues to be relevant in our situation with the United States government under the control of the Obama administration and this Congress.
We’ve been hijacked; but we the people can control our fate as passengers who have somehow managed to work our way to the locomotive. Imagine that we’ve located an emergency shutdown switch that will disrupt the power either partially or fully. Flipping that switch will allow us the time we need to take action to avoid catastrophe. We can stop to make repairs or significantly slow the speed of events to allow us to change tracks.
Those who currently wield the power in our government recognize that a shutdown or a slowdown does not serve their interests. We are on a track of their choosing and they might like to even nudge the speed up a little higher, if they could get away with it. They don’t view the citizens’ interference as being either helpful or legitimate.
From their perspective, we just need to know our place, stay in our spots on the cattle-car floor, remain calm and wait for instructions. They’re in control and in spite of what we see through the knotholes and cracks, peeking out as we zoom around mountain curves, there is nothing to worry about. “Reckless, secretive behavior is normal in government,” and “America has always been governed this way,” they tell us. Our instincts and knowledge tell us otherwise. We know danger when we see it.
When a supposed shutdown took place in late 2013, there were few consequences of significance beyond some park closures and associated Gestapo behavior by the National Park Service and other federal agencies, a large portion of which was completely unnecessary. The Obama regime made the situation worse than it needed to be in order to increase the public pressure against their political opposition.
While they and much of the Republican establishment chose to vilify Senator Ted Cruz, it helped to make him into a hero of much of the rank and file of the conservative movement. He became the personification of the David and Goliath struggle of the people against the unresponsive and oppressive government and against the establishment of his own Republican Party.
That example, in spite of persuading the American people to support the conservative movement in historic numbers in November 2014 has now begun to fade into the history books with only the mantra of “we can’t have a government shutdown” surviving and being carried forward.
Many would ask, “Why not?” Surely passengers on a runaway train would not object to an engine shut down that could avert disaster. A shutdown or slowdown seems like the perfectly natural, logical survival response.
The supposed lessons learned from 2013 were used by the government machinery as a false premise for why we had no option other than to allow the train to continue to gather speed in December as they shoved a secretly negotiated CRomnibus spending package through without debate our public oversight. They promised a future “tooth and nail” defense of our sovereignty against the dictatorial amnesty would take place in February. That proved to be yet another seemingly choreographed episode of Republicans desperate to find any face-saving avenue of surrender to the Democrat demands.
While appearing to have been fruitless, these exercises did accomplish one thing. They cemented in the public psyche the false premise that we cannot act in our own interest to interrupt the dangerous, reckless and potentially disastrous behavior of our own federal government. The fear of the unknown does not allow us to slow down the train.
The two simulated “power outages” have allowed the elites who have hijacked our government to successfully program the people into believing that we must wait until 2016 and count upon yet another election to miraculously stop our downward plunge. They are attempting to finagle two more years of unchallenged abuse. Most of those in Congress with the power to do something about it this October seem more than content to let the status quo continue. As long as it is deemed to be a politically safer route, few in Congress will have the courage to stand up.
This Congress, particularly the Senate, with less than a handful of exceptions, seems to be enjoying the ride. The American people have paid the fare in the politicians’ exciting and pleasure-filled excursion. Their dining car is loaded with entertainment, fine food, interesting people and big Cuban cigars.
Of course, when the train leaves the tracks, their dining care will still be connected to the cattle-cars that the American people occupy. We’ll all end up at the bottom of the same ravine. While many in Congress are content to just sit back and enjoy the ride, we the people are not. We will not simply accept the results of their self-serving subversion as our inevitable fate. We’re working our way towards the front and into the engine.
The runaway train that is the U.S. government will eventually come to a rest. The only question is whether it will do so while it remains in an upright position on the rails or in a calamitous heap at the bottom of an unidentified canyon.
Only the people have the will to stop it. The power of the purse will again become a weapon in October. There are other opportunities that will present themselves along the way. It is imperative that the Congress remembers who they work for and act on our behalf. We must demand they do so. We can still stop this train; we can still flip the switch.
Rick Wells is a conservative writer who recognizes that our nation, our Constitution and our traditions are under a full scale assault from multiple threats. Please “Like” him on Facebook, “Follow” him on Twitter or visit www.rickwells.us