- - Friday, December 17, 2010

Politics isn’t the art of compromise. Politics as usual is an artful ruse to get us to believe politicians are doing one thing while they do another. Our politicians do this by obfuscating, confusing, denying, blaming and lying. The truth be damned.

For as far back as I can remember, politicians have mistreated our Constitution and the intent of our Founding Fathers with disrespect and disdain. They do what they damn well please. These punk politicians laugh and scoff at those of us who still believe in the 10th Amendment and a limited federal government.

On our embarrassing, apathetic watch, our politicians have built vast departments on top of vast agencies, which sit atop various other vast government institutions. Our politicians have given these inexplicable bureaucracies incredible powers, including what has become, for all practical purposes, unlimited, unaccountable regulatory power, and an army of millions upon millions of bureaucrats to implement the intentionally confusing infrastructure that serves to control us instead of liberate us, stifle innovation instead of reward it and crush entrepreneurialism instead of encourage it.

There is a good reason I refer to this bureaucratic nightmare as Fedzilla: It wrecks everything it touches.

Fedzilla is inefficient, unaccountable and wasteful. The financial books of some federal government organizations are in such disarray and so disorganized that the Government Accountability Office, the government organization responsible for auditing Fedzilla, has literally stated it has been unable to complete the financial audit. Unbelievable.

Welcome to the new, improved and uglier Planet of the Apes.

Our politicians give us 2,000-page bills that they have not read and do not understand but have the audacity to tell usare for our own good. That’s the bizarro anti-logic of people addicted to crack cocaine and not what we should expect from our politicians. These punk politicians deserve a bucket of hot tar and some feathers.

America is literally on the verge of financial ruin. Fedzilla’s solution? Borrow and spend even more. This is beyond insanity. Every man’s, woman’s and child’s portion of Fedzilla’s mountainous debt is $44,000 and growing daily.

Redistribute that, President Obama.

We have a Department of Education that does not educate a single child. We have a Department of Agriculture that does not grow a single bean or stalk of corn. We have a Department of Energy that does not create enough energy to power a light bulb. All the while, these and other Fedzilla organizations spend hundreds of billions of our tax dollars and refuse to explain themselves.

So now we have a debt commission that was chartered to make recommendations on how to get Fedzilla’s gluttonous debt and deficit spending under control. Before the ink on its report had a chance to dry, Fedzillacrats were condemning it.

While I support any movement in the right direction, such as a debt commission, what America really needs is a Starting Over Commission with the purpose of dismantling and restructuring our federal government so that it mirrors what our Founding Fathers envisioned and what our Constitution says.

A Starting Over Commission. What a radical, extremist idea.

No Fedzillacrats will be allowed on the Starting Over Commission. History has proved that we cannot rely on Fedzillacrats to reverse course even when there is an iceberg dead ahead. They’ve caused enough damage already.

I recommend Newt Gingrich to lead the Starting Over Commission. He’s a forward-thinking, smart, idea guy.

If we are going to save America for future generations of Americans, we need to reverse course and start over. We need to ask fundamental questions and demand even more basic answers. We need sound, pragmatic recommendations that will put America back on solid ground. And then we need to educate the American public and inspire it to put heat on our politicians to implement the recommendations.

Pogo once said, “We have met the enemy, and he is us.”

Let’s start over. It may be our last, best hope.

Ted Nugent is an American rock ‘n’ roll, sporting and political activist icon. He is the author of “Ted, White and Blue: The Nugent Manifesto” and “God, Guns & Rock ‘N’ Roll” (Regnery Publishing).