Promising Panacea

From:                                               By Rich Loudenback 

If someone offers you a pill that promises eternal life, don’t take the pill. It’s a panacea, a remedy that falsely claims to solve every problem ever. – Definition of Panacea from

A favorite comment of a friend of mine in South Carolina that was always spot on when he used it was that ‘someone was worrying about the wrong thing.’ I frequently remember him saying that when I hear about our elected politicians ‘bringing home the bacon’ and doing busy work that appears constructive while at the same time not paying attention to how countless unconstitutional and generally unaccountable bureaus and agencies creating runaway numbers of new rules and regulations that are meant to run our lives are conversely really ruining our lives. Big, ‘unlimited’ government wants you to think of it as your ‘Panacea.’ And our elected representatives are part of the problem because they are for the most part not trying to stop it or reverse the indiscretions already put upon us.


The mentality of ‘bringing home the bacon’ must be recognized for what it is. The abusive raiding of our collective tax coffers by ‘hero’ politicians with a Robin Hood like complex, if you will. Except, that money does not belong to the rich, it belongs to citizen owners of this country and the State of Idaho. Sure these monies have been responsible for much local good. So would entering the local bank and taking its money for the sake of helping folks and doing public good. The bank wouldn’t like that and we citizens shouldn’t like that in the accountability of all things considered with our governments’ use of our money. Think of a commune where everyone puts all their money in a collective pot and then various members just start taking amounts willy-nilly because they have justifications.

Politics are and should be local, including endeavors of local and state commerce. Grants from the public troughs are certainly a boon to local matters, but those matters usually could have been accomplished privately if they truly make economic sense!Most of the time communities and states would do just fine without beautiful new image creating grant projects. Nothing spends like someone else’s money and our troughs should not be willy nilly available for most that it is used for today.

America is not supposed to be a Panacea providing material and monetary benefits for its citizens and certainly not for non-citizens (illegal aliens). America is, most simply put: ….about Freedom. The Freedom to win and the Freedom to benefit from learning when not attaining our goals and then moving on strengthened from the experience. The consequences of guarantees, freebies, entitlements, subsidies, welfare, grants, abuses, redundancies, waste, loan interests, extravagant perks, unfair loans, fixed bids, kickbacks, and utter theft all actually damage our freedoms by penalizing our costs, unbalancing our markets and commerce and de-incentivizing our citizens.


Citing the consequences of today’s liberal folly I give you a pertinent quote from the great American economist, social theorist, political philosopher, and author, Thomas Sowell in his book the ‘Vision of the Anointed:’ Dangers to a society may be mortal without being immediate. One such danger is the prevailing social vision of our time – and the dogmatism with which the ideas, assumptions, and attitudes behind that vision are held.

“It is not that these views are especially evil or especially erroneous. Human beings have been making mistakes and committing sins as long as there have been human beings. The great catastrophes of history have usually involved much more than that. Typically, there has been an additional and crucial ingredient – some method by which feedback from reality has been prevented, so that a dangerous course of action could be blindly continued to a fatal conclusion. Much of the continent of Europe was devastated in World War II because the totalitarian regime of the Nazis did not permit those who foresaw the self-destructive consequences of Hitler’s policies to alter, or even to influence, those policies. In earlier eras as well, many individuals foresaw the self-destruction of their own civilizations, from the days of the Roman Empire to the era of the Spanish, Ottoman, and other empires. Yet that alone was not enough to change the course that was leading to ruin.Today, despite free speech and the mass media, the prevailing social vision is dangerously close to sealing itself off from any discordant feedback from reality.”

Liberal democrat’s and neo-con republican’s quest for everything to be fair, equal, balanced, re-distributed bla, bla, bla… and supposedly conservative republicans bent to favor large multi-national corporations because ‘it drives American commerce’ (never mind the abusive effects of this interest on our most important majority small business community and our individual freedoms) are on a tear to reach their particular panaceas as they envision their particular panaceas with utter disregard for commensurate consequences.


MostAmericans are ignoring reality and the foreboding consequences of strangling programs, rules, regulations and taxes that have been foisted upon us and we are absolutely fed up with ‘our‘ federal government’s abundance of violations of ‘our’Constitutional law and lying on so many matters such as:

The above list doesn’t even speak to the ‘fundamental’ socialistic changes to America: • the new long list of entitlement spending with money we don’t have for free phones to free everything for thousands of newly ‘invited,’ undocumented (very illegal!) immigrants, 30 hour work weeks causing most of the affected workers to seek second jobs that falsely effects new job reports, high minimum wage laws that effect job losses, government subsidies falsely portraying green energy success, and again on and on and on… And now, the surprise revelation that the proud, hotshot creators of Seattle’s new $15 minimum wage didn’t expect: many of these new $15 recipients are asking to have their hours cut back so they won’t lose their qualifications for food stamps and welfare. Lovely. Love that Panacea.

If all this isn’t bad enough, all U.S. Senators and Congressmen need to pay attention to these additional remarks of Thomas Sowell, “The United States seems at this moment about to break the record for the worst political blunder of all time, with its Obama administration deal that will make a nuclear Iran virtually inevitable.”


This is not about parties. They are both to blame. Democrats should be embarrassed at the audacious ruination of their once proud party by its hi-jacking by extreme left wing Marxists socialist crazies. And republicans should be righting their ship from the effects of the fraudulent neo-con and RINO members who are overrunning their party’s platform. Constantly, both party’s members are in gross violations to the oath they took to follow and protect our wonderful Constitution. In the two year, 113thCongress just completed this January, here is how abysmally our congressmen and senators in Washington, D.C. voted with the Constitution: U.S. House 47% and U.S. Senate 36%. So there you see now why we are where we are.

Both parties are just maintaining their gentleman as usual composure and prestigious lifestyles to wait their turn or see what happens because that’s the way they are. They are truly un-patriotic opportunists and fools luffing in the wind letting our country’s lifeblood freedoms and commerce starve to death because they are not feeling the consequences of living in their particular Panaceas…. Yet! I call their world Fantasyland. And their world is killing us slowly, but increasing in speed!

There are only a couple hands full of real patriots in Congress. All the rest need to be replaced at our voting booths with serious objectivity driven men and women with a methodical plan to reverse most of the insanity that our once great nation has evolved to, because like Thomas Sowell’s statement: “the individuals who foresaw the self-destruction of their own civilizations, from the days of the Roman Empire to the era of the Spanish, Ottoman, and other empires’ and did nothing,” ….that same time is now upon us.

Losing our sovereignty not only can happen, it most certainly will, if we don’t act quickly! Because there are some very devious, deceitful and serious people working overtime to take America into the realm of a member state of a world government run by unaccountable, unelected global elitists who know what’s best for everyone and you will have to conform to their ways. It will not be even close to living in our free society. And our Congress and our citizenry are just watching it happen. If you are noticing their effectiveness, and not addressing it, you are part of the problem and you need to get patriotic.


We need to study issues, inform others, study voting records closely and hold politicians accountable like never before.

There’s a very simple way of identifying which elected representatives need replacing in our Idaho statehouse and in Congress in Washington. You study The Freedom Indexes for both bodies which shows exactly how they vote with criteria in keeping with the Constitution and then cull them at the voting box. Here in Idaho The Freedom Index is published by

For the U.S. Congress see The Freedom Index at A Congressional Scorecard Based on the U.S. Constitution” rates congressmen based on their adherence to constitutional principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, national sovereignty, and a traditional foreign policy of avoiding foreign entanglements.

Don’t count on a thing politicians say, only believe what you see and judge them on how they vote!