Here we are well into the month of July. A time when we celebrate that great document—The Declaration of Independence.
A quote by John Adams on sovereignty:
“The Revolution was affected before the war commenced. The revolution was in the hearts and minds of the people, a change in their religious sentiments of their duties and obligations. This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments and affections of the people was the real American Revolution.
You have rights antecedent to all earthly governments, Rights that cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws, Rights derived from the Great Legislator of the Universe.”
There are so many great quotes from the men of that time. And among the people was a mantra, “root hog or die.”
Now here we are over two hundred years later, celebrating the few freedoms we have left, mourning the loss of so many we once had, in between the “dog days of summer” and a heated Presidential election. So many are struggling from loss of jobs, rising food cost, unrealistic elevated gasoline cost, along with everything else, except the downward price of real estate. Even though home prices were so inflated, thousands are losing their homes, unable to pay the high price of housing despite the fact prices are going down. Everything seems out of whack and broken, and no one knows how to “fix it” or seems to want to want to.
We listen to the Presidential candidates, Obama and McCain, flip-flopping around like fish out of water, making non-specific speeches, jumping around like Mexican jumping beans from one thing to another. They yell “change,” but talk about the same old boring stuff without any apparent understanding of exactly what the problems are, much less any reasonable and rationale solutions to the problems Americans now face.
I suspect many are sick and tired of listening to all the babble.
Then the news media and pundits try to make the candidates’ speeches newsworthy, just vying for some spot on radio, TV, or newspapers to entice a tired, bored and disenchanted audience who listens to them try to make news out of no new news.
So few writers, pundits and news casters seem to have any idea of what is going on. In the beginning of this campaign era, which started so long ago, the fact a woman and an African American were running for President was rather entertaining and newsy for awhile.
The honeymoon period of campaigning is over. Now we are in a period of sweating from the summer heat as air conditioning prices soar, struggling to pay for food, a roof over our heads, a tank of gas to go to work for those who still have jobs, wondering just how bad things will get before any solutions are forthcoming from a Congress whose approval rating is down to 9 with no one on the horizon with answers to the decline of a once great nation.
Last night I listened to Ted Koppel being interviewed on a television program. He pointed out that during these years a war has gone on that is so expensive it staggers our imagination when we hear the figures. Then he reminded us taxes have not been raised. My ears perked up as he suggested foreign countries are financing the war and spoke of the billions and billions of dollars we owe China and other foreign countries. Then begin to wonder if I misunderstood what he said.
After the program, I recalled what Lenin said back in the mid-twenties. He laid out the plan of conquering countries across Europe and Asia, then said, “The United States, we will not have to attack, it will fall into our hands like over-ripe fruit.”
What did this Marxist, Communist leader know that we still do not grasp? Is his prophecy coming true that this nation will crumble from within, economically? Just how close are we to that happening? While the dollar value goes down and our debt to other countries rises, just how bad is it?
During the last Great Depression with long soup lines, homelessness, and people out of work, the government under Roosevelt came up with work programs like the WPA and other programs, and the people with a lot of grit and determination pulled themselves out of that depression. However, if the central government is so many billions in debt, it does not seem plausible we can look to the government to bail us out this go-round.
Political government is a con game. Keep your eye on this ball while we are doing something else is the name of the game. In this day and age of information, have we become so numbed out with electronic devices in our ears that we are not paying attention, not listening, and ignoring what is actually going on?
Or is it something else? I’m one of those people who believes in freedom of the individual, to live and be responsible, to own property, to choose how to live our lives. Yet recently, have been quite shaken and taken aback as I listened to a young intelligent man in his twenties say he believed the government ought to pay for everything. As I mulled over this statement and stance, I realized he’s not alone and that millions want the government to pay for everything from health care and education to housing, food stamps, and every other facet of their lives. And flock to the polls to vote into power those who will continue all these programs and more.
Both Presidential candidates are a part of that Congress which now has a 9 percent approval rating, which suggests the majority of the American people know what they are doing is wrong, but seem to think they can vote the same people into power and they will magically switch gears and become someone different.
Insanity by definition is doing the same thing repeatedly expecting different results. Of all the rhetoric and speeches I have listened to, I have heard nothing that suggests centralized political government, those who operate it and want to be in the seat of power, have any plans to get off our backs. Quite the contrary actually. The notion is to take from the haves to redistribute to the have nots, with more and more social programs.
“Listen my children and you shall hear, the mid-nite ride of Paul Revere.”
As we celebrate The Declaration of Independence this month, stop, listen, and think about all the words of wisdom from the writings and speeches from those great men who fought and formed the documents for this great country—George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Paul Revere, Thomas Paine, and many others—who spoke so eloquently about the joys and rewards of freedom, which is simply self-control and self-responsibility.
We cannot have it both ways; we cannot place men in power over our lives and property and retain control of our lives and property. Obviously, to a very large extent, we have turned the mastery of our lives over to others. We have given it to those who seek power and all is not enough. They always want more. It is the nature of political government to take more. This country was founded upon a limited form of political government. How did it happen, that in just over two hundred years, there is unlimited, unbridled power? From the top down, everywhere we turn in our daily lives, we face restrictions. From City, County, State and Federal agencies and departments numbering in the thousands, those appointed and elected decide what, when, and how to live our lives, drawing salaries we the people pay for.
I go back to the inverted pyramid. When this nation was first formed, the balance of power was at the broad base of the pyramid that represented the people, with the limited power at the top tip of the pyramid. Now it has been turned upside down with the people at the bottom tip and the awesome power of government at the broad top. The hypothetical pyramid is teetering on its unbalanced tip. Is it real or is it imaginary?
When the lady asked Jefferson, “What kind of government have you given us?” He replied, “A Republic if you can keep it.”
Have we kept it, or have we fallen into a socialistic state?
Saint Thomas Aquinas said, “In order for a war to be just, three things are necessary. First, the authority of the sovereign…. Secondly, a just cause…. Thirdly … a rightful intention.” Does this war, the longest and most expensive ever, meet these criteria?
Frederic Bastiat, one of the greatest minds ever and author of the book titled, “The Law” wrote these words:
“Sometimes the law defends plunder and participates in it. Thus, the beneficiaries are spared the shame and danger that their acts would otherwise involve…but how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them and gives to the other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime. Then abolish that law without delay. No legal plunder; this is the Principle of justice, peace, order, stability and logic.”
Never has anyone stated the rightness and correctness of human behavior more perfectly than these words by Frederic Bastiat…so simply stated a child can understand.
Let Freedom Ring!