Jul 31 2009
I’ve never written anywhere on the net about politics, but lately I find that I’m becoming more and more passionate about the topic and it’s driving me to say ‘something’ about it. Maybe it’s because I’ve recently bought a house and started a family or maybe it’s because I feel like so many things are changing. But here I am…writing the word ‘changing’ as if it’s something new. I mean, let me make no mistake,… it is changing and it seems to me that it’s changing fast, but I feel even though I’ve been following politics for some time now, I’ve just recently started to realize more and more how much it’s been CHANGING for quite some time.
Look, I know most people would rather not pay attention to politics. I don’t GET it, but I know it’s true. I think most people are willingly distracted with anything else and I think there’s a large part of the people in this country who take what we have for granted thinking it just runs itself. Unfortunatley, I tend to think it’s running itself into the ground and I agree with the Founding Fathers who repeatedly said that the people must stay involved or they will lose this country. And while I’m sure someone is saying “Who’s this guy saying we’re going to misplace America?”, laughing as if I’m a moron,…unfortunately, it’s true. We could lose the Republic they built for us. You have to seriously consider what this COUNTRY is. It’s something special.
But hey! Wait! lol Before you tune out, glazing over like a Krispy Creme, give me a chance. I promise my intention isn’t to take something from you, but instead to give something to you.
Let’s think about how we got here.
England had become overbearing and attempted to govern us to no end so we dumped England’s tea in the water and told them to go to hell with their taxes. After warring and bloodshed, the founding fathers then struggled hard with devising a plan to create a goverment that not only didn’t resemble England, but that would hopefully never BECOME England. Every effort was taken even to the extent that separate branches of goverment were created to avoid having one branch control too much. And when they wrote the constitution, they did it to limit the federal goverment’s abilites by stating that if the constitution didn’t expressly give them rights, they didn’t have them. All rights not expressly given were states rights or the rights of the people themselves. Their idea was that the people would control the goverment and not the other way around as in England.
The entire idea boils down to three big words. FREEDOM FROM GOVERNMENT. They made sure to build in freedoms that could not be taken away such as the freedoms of speech, religion, press, assembly, petition and the right to own guns. These freedoms ensured that the goverment would never have power to such an extreme that ‘we the people’ couldn’t stand up and demand their immediate change of direction. The Bill of Rights was not only created to provide us with freedoms, but to make sure our goverment would also not treat us unfairly. The Founders wanted to make sure that, unlike in England, the accused were presumed innocent until proven guilty and the people would not be punished in cruel and unusual ways. These gestures, every last one of them, were intended to protect us from our government.
So, why on Earth would the people who helped form our government be so worried about protecting us from it? Because they knew, while they built the goverment with every intention of it being good and just, power had a way of corrupting. They knew that governments, while starting small, over time, could easily transform into a controlling body that dictated to the people just as England did.
|“Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.” Thomas Jefferson|
The founding fathers repeatedly pointed out that any form of government is a necessary evil and that it should be kept small and close to the people so it didn’t become what they called, an ”out of control monster taking on a life of it’s own.” They didn’t want the government to become a giant nanny rocking us to sleep each night. They wanted us to take care of OURSELVES. They never wanted the goverment to take care of us to any great extent because that would mean they controlled us. Control was the eventual progression they were trying so desperately to avoid because with every ounce of control goes an ounce of freedom.
Today, let’s take national health care, welfare, medicare and social security as four good examples. Our hard earned cash goes to the federal government and they dole it out with whatever rules they see fit. Did you know that there are provisions in the new national health care bill to have you and me pay for state workers to visit the homes of young families to provide parents with “well-being, health, and development of children.” classes?? Does it bother you that the government will come into your home and try to tell you how to raise your kids?? This is just one part of the bill that is over-stepping it’s bounds. (reference – http://blog.heritage.org/2009/07/17/stealth-agenda-in-health-care-bill-early-childhood-home-visitation/) As far as welfare and medicare, the waste and fraud associated with those two ‘services’ is insane. Do a Google for Medicade Fraud and you’ll find enough data on that program alone.
Let’s consider social security. Do you realize that the money in the social security surplus they always talk about doesn’t really exist because the government exchanges the excess monies with government bonds? Basically the government is TAKING, I’m sorry, BORROWING you money without YOUR permission. (reference – http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124709721624415177.html#articleTabs%3Darticle)
|“A lot of people in America think there is a [social security] trust [fund] — that we take your money in payroll taxes and then we hold it for you and then when you retire, we give it back to you, but that’s not the way it works. There is no trust ‘fund’ — just IOUs that I saw firsthand.” George W. Bush|
Why can’t we just have the social security money taken out of our check in a 401(k) manner and deposited into a retirement account tax free? Wouldn’t this be a better idea? Why doesn’t the government want us to have the power to handle these things? Do they see us as children or do they just want power.
I assure you the same type of mismanagement and fraud take place in the other existing programs and will surely take place in a nationalized health care plan. Have you seen this thing? If you think your money gets lost going to social security, just wait until it goes into this machine. Here’s a diagram of all the agencies involved in this new health care plan. Pay close attention to the giant blue box called the Health Choices Administration and you’ll realize who will be in control of the choices you’ll have under the new plan.
This brings me to my other point using the analogy of children. If you as a parent coddle your child, giving them rewards for no specific reason, do you think your child has a good chance of succeeding? Or do you think it would be better to give your child rewards for doing well in school or helping out around the house? It seems like a no-brainer am I right? So why, in a nation built on the backs of people coming to this country with nothing in their pockets, dreams at their backs and success in their future do we believe coddling the people of this country and treating them like infants is something we should do? Make no mistake, the government is becoming our parent and they are spoiling their children and themselves on our backs.
If ‘we the people’ continue to live off the government tit we WILL become helpless, thoughtless dependants of a bunch of power hungry, corrupt politicians far removed from the countless generations of inventors and dreamers that have come before us. Eventually, we may have no way back to what our Founding Fathers created or maybe we’ll forget about it completely. Read books like ‘The 5000 Year Leap’ that talk about the design of the United States and explain it to people who don’t understand and most of all, pay attention. Seriously, wake up. Stop watching Survivor and get involved. Make the effort to involve others and talk about your views and most of all HAVE views. HAVE opinions! Stop drinking the tea!
|“The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.” Martin Luther King|
Now it becomes the challenge of trying to determine what to do about it. How can this be reversed or stopped? I guess that’s for ‘we the people’ to figure out. I have to admit I’m not quite sure yet and haven’t really thought beyond making this post.
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Anne Frank
Before I go, I leave you with a present. I’ve been listening to a political commentator named Glenn Beck for just a few months now and I find him a brilliant, sometimes zany, but an all around nice guy who is truly passionate about our country. He has a show on Fox News at 5pm EST and a radio show in New York on 710 AM from 9am – 12pm EST. He recently published a book that I bought on audio due to my long commute to work and I really like it. I think it’s motivating and inspiring and he specifically requests that people who buy his book pass it along to others so they may start to notice some of the things he feels, as I do, are important and potential dangers to this country and our way of life.
To save you time, I’ve added the note from the author here separately so you can decide if you don’t want to download the whole book. You can just click the play button to launch it. Below that is the full download. The book is called Common Sense – The Case Against an Out-of-Control Government, Inspired by Thomas Paine.
Glenn Beck – Common Sense
(A note from the author)
Download Glenn Beck – Common Sense (400+mb)
The Case Against an Out-of-Control Government, Inspired by Thomas Paine.