Last evening I listened to a speech by Newt Gingrich on C-SPAN, given before a group in Iowa. It was the best speech I have ever heard from a politician. He was quite specific in his remarks, and used the Declaration of Independence as the basic, frequently quoting those inalienable Rights given to us by our Creator. I believe the Declaration of Independence is the most nearly perfect document ever devised by human beings. It is specific about sovereignty of the individual, and God-given Rights to individuals. In his speech he outlines specific plans of promises to the American people, if he is the Presidential nominee, plus promises if elected. No one else has done this.

I’ve never particularly liked Newt Gingrich, but I must say, that speech was quite impressive. This country is in the ditch of Socialism, mired up to our gills in it. And if we the people “need” anything at this juncture in our history, we need someone to stand up and articulate the Principles upon which it was founded, and a plan to return to those undeviating, immutable Principles as stated in the Declaration of Independence.

Newt Gingrich is a candidate who has been around, involved in politics for many years. A rather checkered past, but has today reappeared on the political horizon as one who may have learned his lessons. A smart historian, steeped in the politics of political government, an intellectual, very familiar with persons, places, conditions, and things which have brought this nation to its knees, on the brink of disaster. And in the speech yesterday, spoke with specifics, relative to where we came from, where we are today, with promises of his plan of what to do, to return to America as we once knew it. And I have heard no one else get down to the nitty-gritty like he did in his speech last night.

Quite different from all the rhetoric, the non-specifics we have heard over and over like a mantra, “Change we can believe in,” “Transformation of America,” vague campaign speeches of “trust me,” and all those repetitious, nonsensical slogans, so condescending to one’s average intelligence. However, political rhetoric the majority of voters hitched their star to, like sheep to slaughter. Non-thinking, non-specific, rattling.

Why , one must ask, why were we led so blindly down the bridle path of Socialism? Was it out of fear? Was it seeking approval, to go along to get along? Was it some misguided notion about the meaning of morality? Were the aspirations for “Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness” so lowered, we concluded some unknown entity was in a better position to decide what was in our best interests, than we ourselves? What happened to the convictions so eloqently spelled out in the Declaration of Independence? Why did we surrender our individual sovereignty to the empty promises and loose, non-specific rhetoric, over to those whose lust for power, is to rule and take from the haves to give to have nots, and feather their nests? Why did we fall line, hook, and sinker for the noblesse oblige, political rhetoric, of smooth-talking politicians?

Was it out of selfishness, generosity,or stupidity, we flocked to the polls and surrendered our individual Freedom and property Rights, which has resulted in the dismantling of the Principles upon which this nation was founded, as stated in the Declaration of Independence?

I suggest a combination of all three. Because we are a generous people, we never gave a second thought about walking into a poll booth, to pass laws to take from our neighbors to re-distribute to others. Because we are inherently selfish, we thought it quite okay to support laws to take from the producers, or the so-called rich, to enhance our well-being, by third-party taking, to be re-distributed to us via all the social nanny state programs.

And thirdly, we are stupid enough, to think that because political government is smart enough to put a man on the moon, the takers and shakers are smart enough to honor the moral principles of Life, Liberty and private property Rights. Our big mistake was believing those “Inalienable Rights” given to us by our Creator, were transferrable to elected politicians, and in so doing, would invalidate the self-responsibility of Freedom.

So here we are today, facing the challenges We the People created. Wandering around, angry, upset, confused, sleeping in tents on the streets, scurrying to food bank lines, wondering how we’re going to pay this winter’s high heating prices, worried about the lack of education of our children in the socialized schoolroom. And on and on infinitum, concerns over the corner we have backed ourselves into.

Continued in Part Two

Just me AC

Email: annecleveland@bellsouth.net

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