The more I look at this country and the direction we are going in, the more concerned I become. Many people recently have also noticed the direction and have taken it upon themselves to become informed of our constitution and all that it represents. These people have learned that the United States has slowly moved away from the country our founding fathers framed, and has morphed into a beast of giant government that tries to take care of its citizens. Those who are reading this and think
“well that guy is just a Republican who is upset that his candidate didn’t win the election”
are terribly mistaken. This movement that has begun in America is completely devoid of partisan lines. Many believe that like me the most recent elections have been about electing the candidate that is the lesser of two evils. When dealing with the lesser of two evils, in the end you still get evil. No I’m not calling the government evil, just using the phrase as an example. The problem is that both parties have taken our country down the path of ruin. We have strayed from our principles of freedom and liberty and have allowed these principles to be replaced by ideas that promote common shared wealth.
One of the largest infringements on personal liberty happened several years ago under President Bush. Yes, on September 11, our country suffered a travesty that will not soon be forgotten. The shock that our country suffered from these attacks was used by those in power to pass the Patriot Act. The Patriot Act is commonly referred to as the largest infringement on civil liberties since the inception of our country. Were we scared, yes. However, the words of Benjamin Franklin come to mind
“Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both”.
Franklin’s statement goes directly to the issue. We as Americans gave up liberty in order to feel safe again. And the politicians were watching. Now it has become common for politicians to try to get votes by trying to scare the American people. Why? Because they know that if they can get us scared then they can pass anything they want.
Flash forward several years and we enter a time when our country is facing a financial crisis. Bush again tells the nation that if we do not pass something like a stimulus package then we will suffer another great depression. What happens? A stimulus was passed that our country could not pay for. Then our new president entered office on the platform of change. What has he done since being elected? He has followed in the footsteps of those before him and continued down the path that’s moving away from the constitution.
Once again we were threatened with another great depression if we didn’t pass another stimulus package we couldn’t pay for. What happened? We passed it so fast that the congressmen neglected to even read the bill. Why was the bill so long and needlessly complicated? Perhaps so that it would become so long that nobody would be able to read it and things that have no place being in the bill could be put somewhere in the middle and nobody would be the wiser.
Now we are trying to spend our way out of an economic crisis. We are the guy who has all of his credit cards maxed out and cannot afford to pay his next months bill. What does he do? He gets another credit card with which to pay his bills. This is a temporary solution that will stop the creditors temporarily but in the end the only thing that can happen is that everything will come crashing down around the man in spectacular fashion. The debt that the federal government is currently incurring is something that will be passed down to my generation. Our founding fathers had something to say about this.
“We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty or profusion and solitude”. Thomas Jefferson
I will take this a step farther, I believe that not only the current president, but the previous 4 and congress are all immoral. “Whoa that’s some pretty strong words there” you might say. Well yes they are, but I am not the only person to feel this way. I share this view with somebody you might find familiar Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson believed that it was immoral for one generation to incur debt that would burden future generations even in times of war. This is why whenever our government incurred a debt in the past they would immediately strive to pay it back. They wouldn’t even mind if taxes were raised because they saw it as their responsibility to future generations to not leave them a debt to take care of.
The current movement is a byproduct of these views. The mainstream media tries to paint the protesters as right wing nut jobs. Let me tell you that the majority of the protesters are real Americans who have taken to the streets out of concern for this great country and the direction it is going in. We need to stop listening to those who try to sew the seeds of division and label this a partisan deal. Nothing could be further from the truth. I have a feeling that if our founding fathers were alive today, they would not be members of either of the current political parties. Why? Because both parties Republicans and Democrats have strayed so far from the original principles this nation was founded on they have become organisms that perpetuate division. Those elected have sold their sole to their party in order to get themselves elected and I say it has to stop.
Real Americans are finally standing up, we are living in historic times. We the people are finally understanding that the direction the politicians are moving us in is not the direction we want to go in. And we are now standing up and shouting at those in Washington. The only problem is that our shouts seem to be landing on def ears. But they can’t ignore us forever after all, it is us that they answer to. Sooner or later they will have to answer to We the people, and I’m sure not many of us will be happy with their answers.