Our government has been stolen from the people
I don’t (yet) have an answer for this one, but I wonder how we, as a nation, have allowed ourselves to get such crappy leadership. Congress, you suck! The executive branch is on a power grab, and it’s not just the current regime. It’s been happening for years. Our government “of the people” is no longer. We are now vassals of a vast, far reaching, overpowering federal bureaucracy.
As a society, it’s a nice luxury to be able to provide everything to every body and protect everyone form everything. But it’s also impossible economically and socially. I don’t care how much anyone says otherwise, providing entitlement programs and “free” stuff to citizens paid for by The State is, by its very definition, Socialism. Not all Socialism is necessarily bad, but most is. We should stop our trend toward becoming more Socialistic and moving back toward personal accountability.
It’s bad for many reasons. It’s expensive and inefficient. It steals ambition and dreams. It concentrates undeserved power into the hands of an elite ruling class, which is NOT what America is about. Sure, a move away from Socialism comes with some pain. Everyone needs to pitch in a bit more and I’m not talking taxes. I’m talking about getting out and contributing to society ins some way. Not working? Get a job. Got a lot of money, donate some to charity. No job? No money? Donate your time! Do something instead of taking something.
Basically, if you’re not pitching in, it’s time to start.
Before I start a 50,000 word screed, I’m going to stop here and just leave this as is (don’t worry, I’ve will have more later). I’ll close with this: If the founding fathers of America were alive today, they would stage another revolution.
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We, the people, re-elected Barack Obama. If what you say is correct, that would not have happened. Do you not respect that the majority of citizens in the U.S. thought that the Obama administration was functioning well enough to be granted a second term? As for the Founding Fathers staging another revolution, I think not. In the early days of the Republic, there was a call for renewed revolution from citizens who could not afford to pay taxes. They felt that the new government was as oppressive as the British had been. Shays’ Rebellion was crushed and the Founding Fathers saw the need to replace the Articles of Confederation with a Constitution that gave the government more authority. Washington later put down a similar rebellion over a tax issue. The Constitution provides for the peaceful transfer of power and it must be defended against all who would consider unlawful rebellion (the Civil War is a fine example). What is liberty? It is the balance between law and personal freedom. However, I do agree with you wholeheartedly that Congress sucks. One should not be at that level of political office unless one has mastered the art of compromise.
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“Do you not respect that the majority of citizens in the U.S. thought that the Obama administration was functioning well enough to be granted a second term?” — Correction, it wasn’t the majority of the citizens of the U.S. It was the majority of those who voted, and a narrow one at that. I respect THAT “the people” have chosen, but not their choice. And if the best that can be said is “well enough” as opposed to “excelling”, that’s pretty telling right there. We had two lousy choices for president this past election is you ask me. Too bad one of them had to win.
And really, that’s my point. It isn’t about Obama specifically, although he’s obviously lumped in. Bush (who I voted for twice) was just as bad. Romney would be no better, just different. The process is broken enough that we’re getting lousy candidates.
Our so-called “leadership” is not leading. They’re protecting their power bases and worse, enhancing them. Obama, Boehner, Pelosi, and at least 400 others.
Really glad you shared your thoughts! Thanks!
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