How could it ever come to this?

© 2016 Jim Spence Your choice for president might be Hillary Clinton. Hillary is part of a husband and wife team that is allowed to run a money laundering operation in America. Some call this operation the Clinton Crime Syndicate, while others know it as the Clinton Foundation. 
How corrupt are the Clintons? Bill was disbarred for committing perjury. This means Bill does not conduct himself with enough integrity to be a lawyer. As for Hillary, she is a compulsive liar who should be in jail for violating national security laws.
Alternatively, you can select Donald Trump as your next president. Trump is an unprincipled braggadocio who inherited hundreds of millions dollars from his daddy. Trump would have us believe he made his millions on his own. But the truth is Trump has stiffed investors many times with his self-serving bankruptcy filings. He is a master at illusion. Trump is also known well for his sexual conquests, which he describes vividly in many of his books he wrote himself. Imagine a president who has told his readers exactly how great he is. Ooops, Obama already did that. Trump does distinguish himself from Bill Clinton in that he brags about the babes he has diddled, whereas Bill Clinton denies his well documented encounters, many of which have involved force, according to his accusers.
The two characteristics these slime bags (Trump and Clinton) have in common is an insatiable thirst for power and the willingness to trash and destroy anyone who gets in their way. The power both want to get their hands on is possessed by the American federal government. When the Clintons had this power before, Trump gave them money to access it.
How could it ever come to this?
The answer is simple. Our federal government has seized so much power from individuals, families, municipalities, counties, and states it scarcely resembles the constitutional republic that was established more than two hundred years ago merely so that another would-be despot like George III would never run roughshod over our citizens again.
Before we identify the missteps along the way to America’s gradual march towards its demise, let’s consider a list of really good things that our constitutional republic accomplished to evolve from thirteen defiant British colonies into the greatest nation on earth. The list starts with the adoption of the Bill of Rights, also known as the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution. These amendments were ratified simultaneously with the Constitution in 1789, and guaranteed by law, the basic freedoms we now take for granted. Unfortunately, our freedoms for all men and women were incomplete in the eighteenth century so we Americans amended our constitution repeatedly and improved upon and expanded basic freedoms. The thirteenth amendment to the U.S. Constitution abolished slavery. The fourteenth amendment specifically provided equal protection under the law to all citizens. The fifteenth amendment provided us with protection from discrimination. The nineteenth amendment guaranteed women the right to vote. All of these were steps taken to improve America. And they did. They improved our country because they expounded on and broadened freedoms for all Americans.
So where did we start to go wrong?
We went wrong by allowing appointed judges to look the other way while ambitious politicians in our federal government violated the U.S. Constitution. Instead of our courts doing their duty and INSISTING that ambitious politicians wanting to expand their powers amend the Constitution to make what they wanted to do legal, they gradually rendered the document useless. There were hundreds of bogus court interpretations of what simple words in our Constitution actually meant. 
With Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in 2016, we see that nothing they say about what they think is required to mean anything. It is all just gibberish to placate the ignorant. Both Clinton and Trump want to seize the awesome power Americans have naively handed over to the federal government via the judicial system.
Thanks to our judicial branch of government, the branch that ignores instead of protects our governing document from perversion, the U.S. government has become so powerful, with so much control over all aspects of the lives of its citizens, that billions and billions of dollars are spent every year to either seize or maintain this awesome power.
Again, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are products of a corrupt system where the citizens have been poorly educated regarding the basic concepts of freedom. It is precisely the opposite of what Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and John Adams rejected when they began to take on a British king and his armed forces in the 1770’s. 
Sadly, up until now Democrats have naively thought that their efforts to constantly expand the size and scope of government at the expense of personal freedoms benefited them. But as the Venezuelans and Greeks are learning fast, when you are so corrupt that you are willing to use the federal government to confiscate someone else’s property for your personal use, pretty soon, when all of their property is gone, that same federal government will come after yours. 
We are almost there now.