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Personal Responsibility Over Political Control

There seems to be something in strongly held political positions that don’t just want to win. There is a strong temptation for the winners to use their government’s victory to control and even punish the losers. Not all in either party would suggest such extreme measures, but it seems that the extremes on either side can be tempted to want nothing less than exercising “control.” 

Politicians seem to convince themselves in a closely divided country that a slim victory, sometimes less than 1%, somehow becomes a clear mandate for radical change. Naturally, initiating radical changes only enrages and energizes the opposition to rally their base in the next election. The result is a natural, destructive pendulum swing that smashes all who dare to search for something in the middle that might receive more widespread support. Attempting to control the masses has always been popular, but seldom successful. A.S. Sussman has been attributed as the author of The Harvard Law: “Under the most rigorously controlled conditions of temperature, humidity, and other variables, the organism will do as it damn well pleases.“Such “laws” are unacceptable to radical politicians, they seemed locked into demanding compliance. It’s the modern-day version of “My Way or the Highway!” Even when the choice is possible, they often demand control and move to silence dissent and eliminate options. California is facing a continuing drought and a serious water problem. In response, local water companies have imposed overly restrictive rules that defy logic and invite non-compliance. In ou …

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