I’ve been blessed with a long, interesting and productive life. Particularly fortunate to be born in this beautiful America. The land of the free and the home of the brave, as the slogan goes. Pretty much a term now-a-days in the past tense.
I grew up on a farm in northeast Georgia, as the firstborn of teenaged parents. During the Great Depression era of President Roosevelt, I had living grandparents, lots of aunts, uncles, cousins, and a great-grandparent who lived with us, in my early years. We had plenty of everything on the farm. Blacks and whites lived in harmony on the farms, worked together, and shared the plentiful food grown on the farms.
In the thirties of the Great Depression, it was taboo to talk about money and I grew up thinking my family did not have any, however, in later years I discovered documents which proved otherwise. For example, I have the divorce papers of my great-grandmother who lived with us, revealed she received ten-thousand dollars in gold, and awarded land acreage in her divorce settlement in 1918. A lot of money back then, when a loaf of bread was ten cents.
I grew up being taught American history in school, and enjoyed a lot of freedom, roaming the farmlands we lived on. No telling how many times I heard the term, “A man’s word is his bond.” But there has been a dramatic shift in so many areas in life in this great country, lo these years later. Sometimes I feel like “a stranger in a strange land.”
Living in this era of the twenty-first century, I enjoy so much from modern day inventions, that make life so much easier than my growing up years on a farm, but sadly in the thinking process of value judgments, of the majority, in my opinion there has been drastic deterioration. A departure from the Principles this nation was founded upon.
This country has changed from one of individual freedom, and the free-enterprise, capitliastic system to one of Socialism. The German minister of of propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, stated, “To be a socialist, is to submit the ‘I’ to the ‘thou;’ Socialism is sacrificing the individual to the whole.”
Then the premier of the Soviet Union, Nikita Khrushchev, in 1971 said, “Comrades, we must abolish the cult of the individual decisively, once and for all.”
Karl Marx, of the Communist Manifesto slogan, stated, “From each according to his ability to each according to his needs.”
Lyndon Johnson preached, “taking from haves to give to have nots.”
Today’s politicians condemn the rich, bemoan the plight of the poor, and talk about the missing “middle class.” No they are not missing, the majority of the 300 million-plus in this country fall in the category of middle class. But many are on foodstamps and government hand out programs, and silent.
Beyond the few in the organized tea party, those crying out to the government and elected politicians to solve our problems, and resurrect this nation to standards of the Principles upon which it was founded, we have pretty much become a nation of silent socialists.
Individuals no longer speaking up, speaking out and standing up, in areas of their lives, where the opportunity presents itself to do so, in their everyday living. There is an obvious “dumbing down” in individuals, I describe in my previous article, “Racketeering in Politics, Schools and Business.”
There is a pervasive attitude of pandering and placating among the citizenry of this nation. An apalling attitude of no resistance to whatever is dished out, by those in politics, schools and business. It’s as though the third stage of takeover, which is fear, has set in.
There’s an abandonment of the self-responsibility required to be free. I’m not certain how to describe the attitudes of the majority, aside from the apathy of fear. However it is glaringly apparent, the average person is refusing to stand up and speak out, in areas of mistreatment, on the local level in their own communities.
There’s an attitude so prevalent among the people, of doing nothing about add-on cost by companies, gouging and overcharging, as if one erroneously believes by remaining silent, it will all eventually go away. When the fact of the matter is, there’s plenty each individual could do, by taking their head out of the sand, and standing up, and speaking out, for themselves and young children.
Like dripping water, bit by bit, this entire nation has changed from a nation of people who stood up, spoke out and refused to accept mistreatment, to a nation of apathetic, do-nothing individuals. Not one-hundred percent, because there are a few who still stand-up, speak out and act to right the wrongs perpetrated on the populace, but not many.
Unfortunately, the majority is still thinking that change for the better is coming from the top down. It is obvious that ain’t gonna happen. Only from the bottom up, when each person assumes their responsibility to stand up, speak out and act to right the wrongs perpetrated upon individuals on-going daily in our lives, can anyone expect change for the better.
Freedom is individual, personal and non-transferrable self-responsibility, and has requirements which this nation as a whole has abandoned. Resulting in the state of bondage we are now experiencing. Not something in the future which might happen, it’s upon us today.
Clifford Thies, an economist, stated, “Thus individualism is not antithetical to community. Rather, it can involve free association, and a belief in an overarching harmony of interests. In a free society, individuals join with others because of love and mutual benefit, not because they are programmed or coerced.”
Email: annecleveland@bellsouth.net

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