DELRAY BEACH – The complete quote by Sir Walter Scott (an Eighteenth-Century Scottish author) is, “Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive”. Doesn’t that quote sort of describe the present-day politicians who are now running our country? No matter what party you are affiliated with or support, you’ll have to admit that deception (and obfuscation) are endemic as to how they operate in the pursuit of their political goals.
It seems that all politicians are not in favor of excess government spending, but how come we have excess government spending? It seems that all politicians are against poverty and for the poor people, so why do we have more poverty and poor people today than in the past? It seems that all politicians are against excess taxation, but why do they continue to raise our taxes (at least the Democrats want to do that), especially against the job-producing entrepreneur class, the “doer’s not the takers”? Many politicians (mainly all Democrats) say they are in favor of border security, but why are they against the wall that would cut down on illegal immigration, human trafficking, and drug smuggling? Most all the politicians seem to be against all the excesses of government, but we seem to have more excesses than ever before. Is that the “tangled web” Sir Walter Scott was referring to?
In this, one of the best stock market and economy in years, we have a group of politicians (mostly liberal Democrats) who are continually bad-mouthing the economy and its present architect, President Donald Trump. What could be up is down (food stamps usage, unemployment rates [especially black and Hispanic], and poverty is the lowest in years. And, what could be down is up (wages, the stock market, consumer confidence etc.), yet all you hear from the Democrats and the “fake news” media is nothing but “doom and gloom”. It’s like they are living in a fantasy world all their own. Compare these results with the mediocre economic results of the Obama years, where we never averaged more than a 2% GDP in any of his 8 years. Today our GDP is averaging around 3% and 3.5%. Doesn’t that demand some praise, especially for President Donald Trump?
Look at the most recent election where the Democrats wrested control of the House of Representatives from the Republicans. Most all their candidates, with a few “socialist” oriented candidate exceptions, ran a campaign that was basically moderate in tone (many distancing themselves from Nancy Pelosi and the extreme leftward tilt of the established Democrat Party). So now after the election, these “moderates” fell into line and backed Pelosi for Speaker of the House and many have reverted back to bashing President Trump, 24/7. They are claiming that they will have one investigation after another in order to possibly tarnish the president enough so that he will not run for re-election or that he will lose in 2020, if he runs, as a result of the constant negativity being heaped upon him by the Democrats and their cohorts in the main stream media. I wonder if this is what the voters who voted to turn the Congress over to the Democrats, really wanted? Many of these successful “moderates” won in districts in 2018 that was won by Trump in 2016, but in 2020 Trump will be heading the ticket so many of them might just get the boot for their anti-Trump rhetoric and actions.
Do we really need any more verification as to what Sir Walter Scott opined in the Eighteenth Century when he said, “Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive”? I think that many of today’s elected politicians will find out that the electorate has finally figured out that they have been deceived by the people they elected to represent them and come the next election they will meet the same fate as the candidates they beat in the last election due to this “tangled web of deception”.