As promised, I'm up and at it again. It's going to take some time for me to get this all on track as I have been away from it for quite awhile and there is SO much to blog.
Most people who know or are acquainted with me know I lean to the conservative side of the political spectrum. I believe in the Constitution http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html and support it 100%. I don't think our Founding Fathers created it by accident or without much prayer and consideration. I have no tolerance for those who choose to ignore it and treat it as just an historical document.
I believe in the Declaration of Independence http://www.earlyamerica.com/earlyamerica/freedom/doi/text.html and that all citizens are created equal and have the inalienable rights to to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
There are a few key words in what I just wrote. First of all, we are all CREATED equal. That says NOTHING about us being entitled to what another may have. We are created with the same options, choices. What we do with those options or choices is up to each of us, individually.
We have the rights to life, liberty and the "pursuit" of happiness. Nowhere does it say that our government is to provide such. Being born and raised in America,or becoming a citizen through the citizenship process, aka legally, offers endless opportunities to anyone who cares to work hard, get an education and be willing to fall a few times. NO ONE is ENTITLED to take from one person who might be successful because of his/her hard work and ingenuity because the other person is too lazy to earn success for him/herself.
There are varying degrees of success, too. Money and possessions do not always constitute success. Doing what one loves, whether on the executive level or on the home front, makes one successful. Many things contribute to one's success. A government who takes from one to give to another is not one of those things.
The past 19 months have changed our country in such a way as to make our Founding Fathers cringe and "roll over in their graves". Our sovereignty is crumbing. Our position as the leader of the free world is in jeopardy. Our worldwide respect is now a joke. Leaders of some of our most trusted allies are shaking their heads while those of our enemies are
laughing at our impending peril. Our backbone is now collapsing -- we apologize for our country while appeasing our enemies; turn our backs on our allies while bowing down to those who seek to destroy us.
I've heard some folks call themselves "fiscally conservative and socially liberal". I struggle to understand that description. It seems to be contradictory. Social liberalism, to me, would tend to wipe out the fiscal conservatism, would it not?
To be fiscally conservative, again in my opinion or understanding, would mean cutting spending, cutting out many "social" programs, trimming the fat so to speak and cutting taxes to bring about fiscal responsibility.
Being "socially liberal" seems to me to mean creating more entitlement programs, therefore, creating more spending, more and higher taxes, digging the deficit hole deeper and deeper. A country cannot tax itself into prosperity. It does not work! History and common sense tells us that!
I consider myself a compassionate person. I believe that there are folks who truly do need help getting back on their feet, feeding their families, etc. I have no problem with helping folks -- none. However, our government makes it nearly impossible for these folks to help themselves. They hold them in bondage to the system. Therefore, we now have have a society of
freeloaders. Why should they try to help themselves when the government gives them everything . . . except pride and dignity?
Our open-border policy has now become a problem as well. It has added thousands to our entitlement programs, and unfortunately, many are illegally getting these "benefits", adding to the financial burden of our citizenry, who themselves are struggling to provide for their own families!
I TOTALLY understand people wanting to come to our great country for "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness"; to partake of the liberties and freedoms they do not have in their home countries. I really, really do. However, there is a process in place in which to do things right. Yes, it's a lengthy process with much room for improvement, but if one truly wants to become part of this country, they should be willing to do it right. If they scoff at and mock the laws of legal citizenship, many other laws will be ignored as well.
America is a country of laws, not created to oppress but to protect! We have the Constitution in place for a reason. It is to protect us from what is going on right now in this country. One by one, inch by inch, we are losing the liberties that our Constitution was created to protect. Slowly, but with increasing speed, our government is becoming "by the government, for the government", forgetting "for the people, by the people". The government believes it knows what's best for the citizenry, destroying individuality, creativity and initiative. WE, THE PEOPLE, are supposed to be the government, not those elected to REPRESENT us. Somehow, we've let that tenet slip through our fingers. We are being seduced by the charms and personalities of our leadership, all the while giving up what this country was based on.
I truly believe we are in trouble. Our economy has not improved in 19 months, despite the words coming out of Washington DC. Unemployment is holding at near 10%. Our national security is weakened to the point where we could be wiped out by the push of a finger or by the parking of a minivan. Our schools are over-crowded and not educating; public officials are crooks and scammers; partisan politics is running amok; Washington is out of control and needs a good enema; our defense is weak and costs continue to be cut, while entitlement spending is at an all time high with no end in sight. Big corporations are being blamed for the countries failures while those who set policy get a free pass, except G.W. Bush, of course (though he's not without fault). Religious freedom is under attack. Parental rights almost no longer exist. Citizens rights are being replaced by rights for the law-breakers and hardened criminals. Everything is bass-ackwards and just wrong.
It is my opinion that we'd best get a hold of ourselves and shake the shinola out of our heads. We'd best make some drastic changes or the America we grew up with will be unrecognizable in the not-so-distant future.
Remember November, folks. DO YOUR HOMEWORK. KNOW YOUR CANDIDATES!!! We've got to get "the most transparent and ethical administration" out of Washington DC while we still have a chance!
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