Government is the abusive spouse toward whom we persist in love. We know that that the relationship is unhealthy and against our own best interest, but we refuse to abandon hope. Even when we have no reason to trust the rhetoric, the promises, and the assurances, we believe. We have a will to believe, and so we do.
The right continues to believe even when their man expands spending faster than the left.
The left continues to believe even when their man, on foreign policy, is virtually indistinguishable from George W. Bush, the man they revile.
Obama embraces the drug war.
Bush embraced the welfare state.
This is not new.
Ronald Reagan raised taxes.
Not only did Lyndon Baines Johnson expand the war in Vietnam, he did it under false pretext.
History teaches us that, regardless of rhetoric, government expands in every way, and never contracts. So if the government is involved in anything that you do not approve of, you can be virtually sure that they will continue to spend more of your dollars on that very thing. It does not matter who you elect. This will not change.
Almost everyone says that politicians are opportunistic and untrustworthy—we have plenty of experience to reinforce this assertion—and yet with our pet politician, we replace that cynicism with faith. But that faith contradicts what experience tells us; it is the nature of government to expand and it will not do otherwise.
We need to reevaluate our confidence in any individual politician, in any political party, and in the political system as we know it.