When you swing a pendulum one way, it will go a certain distance before stopping, reversing, and swinging an equal distance the other way. If energy is added on the return swing, it will actually go further on that swing, before once again reversing and swinging an equal distance the original direction. This will continue ad infinitum, until eventually the pendulum makes a complete revolution on its axis. Even then, if more energy is continually added, the swinging will continue to get faster and faster, and the revolutions will thus happen more and more frequently.
That is a basic concept of science. But why am I bringing up science on a political blog?
Because when you have only two political parties and/or only two competing ideologies in politics, you get an effect that is very much like a physical pendulum. One Party will achieve power and advance its agenda as far as it can, swinging the pendulum as far in its direction as possible. Eventually – and it could be a LONG wait for that eventually – the other Party will gain power and work to swing the pendulum as far in its own direction as possible, thus adding to the energy of the swing and advancing its agenda further than the original Party could advance theirs.
The problem is, BOTH of the two primary competing ideologies in this country seek to advance government control in our lives, whether it be in the master suite, the executive suite, or the operating suite. They seek to limit our freedoms to advance their own agendas. They fight each other, and We the People get screwed in the process.
So what can be done about this?
In physics, the surest way to stop a pendulum is for a force outside the pendulum to work against it, slowing it as it swings in either direction. With this slowing, the pendulum cannot swing as far in whichever direction it is going, and with continued slowing it will stop completely. In real-world physics, this outside force can be nothing more than the resistance of air. Something unseen and unheard, yet will stop even the most powerful of pendulums dead in its tracks if given enough time.
Because the physical applied to the political with the swinging of the pendulum, the physical should also apply with the stopping of the motion. Thus, a force outside the “two” primary Parties is needed to work against them to stop the pendulum and restore Liberty. That force could be any number of the so-called “third” Parties, though presently the Libertarian Party is best suited to begin that effort full-throttle. The force of the rise of the “third” Parties will slow the pendulum of the Big Government Party, and will eventually stop it.
The problem is, the Big Government Party knows this, and long ago (specifically, during the era of Jim Crowe and the Red Scare) put in place laws to limit “third” Parties’ ability to place candidates on the ballot. Thus, for any chance of true Liberty, for any chance of slowing -and eventually stopping! – the pendulum of the Big Government Party, we must restore equal ballot access to all Parties and individuals. With equal ballot access, we can become much more public in our efforts to slow the pendulum of the Big Government Party.
Until equal ballot access is achieved, we will be like the air – unseen, and unheard, yet able to stop even the most powerful of pendulums.
After all, the only way to get out of this mess is to ease the pendulum to a complete stop, and make sure it never starts swinging again.