Demagoguery, from Vocabulary.com: “Demagoguery is an appeal to people that plays on their emotions and prejudices rather than on their rational side.
Demagoguery is a manipulative approach — often associated with dictators and sleazy politicians — that appeals to the worst nature of people. Demagoguery isn’t based on reason, issues, and doing the right thing; it’s based on stirring up fear and hatred to control people. For example, a politician who stirs up a fear of immigrants to distract from other issues is using demagoguery. Demagoguery is one of the most negative aspects of politics, but it’s also one that’s all too common.”
You can probably spot the partisan slant to this definition. Yes, not unlike Hitler and the Jews in mid-twentieth century Germany, Donald Trump has taken his stance on immigration beyond the boundaries of reason. Something that was succinctly pointed out by Jeb Bush during the latest Republican debates. The Democrats have been anything but shy in reinforcing that notion.
Donald has been spotted and called out.
Today’s most dangerous demagoguery however, is being perpetrated by Bernie Sanders. He would have you believe all of your financial problems to be the fault of the one percent; those individuals who are the top one percent of wage earners in the United States. Ascribing them all as being greedy, over charging narcissists who steal from the poor and refuse to pay their fair share. A very hasty generalization. Sure, there are some. That is why Bernie is being so successful in selling it. This flawed image of successful individuals however, is not the norm. People who act that way seldom achieve such high levels of success. For example, do these characteristics describe Bill Gates? Warren Buffet? Of course not. They are currently spending their fortunes in ways that will benefit all men and women.
The top ten percent of wage earners in the United States are paying 68 percent of the Federal Taxes. I think that indicates a fair share. Most, also give freely to worthwhile charities. When an individual, or a company for that matter, work hard and build a successful business, they earn the benefits of their labor. Something Bernie Sanders has never experienced. For the government to simply spot a surplus and then claim ownership, is just plain stealing. There is no reason, absolutely no reason, why anyone should ever have to pay more than 25 percent of their earnings to the government. It is not the job of the government to discover ways to loot and spend our surplus. It is the government’s job to take a fair tax and provide for the safety and welfare of this nation’s citizens the best it can with what it has. It is not that the one percent fail to pay their fair share, it is that the government is not content with a fair tax. Instead of spending countless hours discovering new ways of obtaining revenue and even more creative ways to spend it, our elected officials need to be competing to see who can take a fair tax and provide the most from it. More efficiency and less foolishness or grandstanding is what is needed.
The past two hundred years has proven capitalism the quickest and surest way to build a nation’s wealth. Recent history has also shown large Government means less freedom, slower economy and a stilted life for its citizens. Think about it, more laws, less freedom. It really isn’t rocket science. We should all sacrifice and strive to be successful rather than waiting for an over bloated and overweight government to come to our aid. It won’t happen. Large governments spend most of their revenue supporting the government itself to the detriment of the tax payers. If your life is not what you wanted, it is probably because of your unwillingness to sacrifice and work to obtain your dream. You will find fulfilment in personal responsibility. Bernie and his demagoguery will only disappoint.
Bernie Sanders is an anarchism, a leftover of bygone days who missed the memo. The ideological wars of the twentieth century are over. Capitalism and personal freedom won.
Samuel Waen Jensen