Paul Jacob

It’s hardly a fair contest. You could almost certainly do it better.

The “it" is “promote freedom."

I’m pretty sure you can do it better than standard-bearers and other mouthpieces of the major parties.

Like I said, it’s hardly a fair contest. The major party folk are in the power biz. They make their money by favoring first that group, then the next group; this constituency, then that — all the while tap-dancing for the 85 percent of us in the middle class.

The idea is to get to most of the population by throwing a bone or two at people according to their membership in some discernable group. It works because, though very, very few people get much actual advantage out of the thrown bones, it’s easy to forget that, as the rounds are being made, most of those people have paid far more in taxes and regulations than they get back in benefits.

But the taxes are something of a constant (at least that’s the way politicians play the game) and the legislatively directed benefits are variables. So we forget about the constant, and pay attention to the variable.

And vote accordingly.

And thus get gypped, time and time again.

This you know.

Every now and then a GOP candidate will say an obvious truth, like “wealth in private hands is more productive than wealth in public hands" . . . but elected Republicans do so little to decrease the amount of wealth hoarded in the public sector — the wasteful sector — that the rhetoric tends to fade away, remaining a mere pleasant memory.

Democrats have at times demanded respect for the rule of law from the current administration. I thank them for that. But at the most critical times, Democrats have been mostly silent. Besides, their vision of government as wet nurse is a non-starter, the very acme of today’s con job.

The minor party pols, on the other hand, do more often call attention to the con job. They can get away with this because they are not in power, (in)conveniently placed beyond temptation.

But look at their rhetoric: How successfully do the Constitution and Libertarian Party candidates (or the Boston Tea Party candidate, for that matter) really convey the message?

The answer? Not very well.

Paul Jacob

Paul Jacob is President of Citizens in Charge Foundation and Citizens in Charge. His daily Common Sense commentary appears on the Web and via e-mail.