HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?
In the first three parts of "How Did This Happen", I very briefly described how things were and how they have changed during the 20th century. The country has gone from a government that was strictly controlled by the limits of the Constitution to a government that basically ignores the Constitution (a very dangerous change since the Constitution was designed very carefully to protect the God given rights of the people and to prevent the government from usurping the people's rights and freedoms).
We went from a religious and religiously tolerant country to a county that doesn't tolerate religious displays or public prayer. We went from a citizenry that knew our history and our founding documents, our rights and our responsibilities, to a people that are ignorant about all of these things.We went from a society that encouraged self-responsibility to a society that not only encouraged dependency on others, but dependency on the Federal government. (A person who is dependent is not free.) We went from a people who understood that liberty is a combination of both freedom and responsibility to a people that think liberty is just freedom.
We were so confident that nothing could harm our rights and liberty that we became lax about watching what our elected officials did and stopped holding them accountable for their actions. The lowered moral standards of our society are reflected by the lax moral standards of the politicians. The socialists' work to change our culture, society and government has been very successful.
On the cultural front we need to teach ethical values. Those of us old enough to remember what life was like - before the "free love" of the 60s, before your moral compass depended on "what the meaning of is is", before lying and stealing was "justified" because you were the victim of some unfortunate life experience, before every problem's solution had to come from the government - have to model and teach the younger generations that honesty is a virtue, that how you act matters, that what you do and say affects others, that you are responsible for your actions and that when someone has a problem the right thing to do is to help them. Helping them does not mean enabling them to be or remain dependent on others, but to stand on their own feet and be responsible for themselves. The old saying about it being better to teach a man to fish than to give him a fish is true. We need to stop just "giving a fish" to anyone with a problem and teach them how to fish for themselves! Most people can do this - many are just too lazy to try or don't even know they can do it.
The economic system that supports liberty is capitalism. The main thrust of capitalism is that resources are owned by an individual or a group of individuals. For instance, a company can be run by one person or a group of people. The resources of the individual are used and traded solely by his decision. Under capitalism the government is not allowed to interfere with the individual's dealings, except to ensure that laws are being followed. In socialism the government either controls private industry or owns industry outright.
Liberty can not exist under socialism. We need to reduce the government's interference in businesses. The thousands upon thousands of pages of rules and regulations made by unelected bureaucrats in agencies created by Congress, and left to function with very little or no oversight, is killing business in America. Between the high corporate taxes and the extremely burdensome regulations, it is no wonder companies that can move overseas do!
We the people need to hold the Legislative branch (Congress) and the Executive branch (the President, his cabinet and his czars) accountable. Where does the Federal government get the right to take over private companies? Where does it get the authority to tell a private company where it can have its headquarters or factories? Where does it get the authority to tell a private company who should be the CEO? Answer: IT DOESN'T HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO DO ANY OF THESE THINGS!
This is supposed to be a country ruled by law. People are supposed to be treated equally under the law, so why do we let the Federal government get away with breaking the law or choosing when and how to apply the law? In the past few years, the Federal government has done all of these things! Why have we the people allowed this? Things have gone very, very wrong and we need to correct course before it is too late.
"A good form of government may hold the rotten materials together for some time, but beyond a certain pitch, even the best constitution will be ineffectual, and slavery must ensue." - John Witherspoon. I personally believe we have hit that pitch point. Those of us who care about this country, care about liberty and care about the rule of law, have to get engaged and become active. "The price that good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men." -Plato
In the old days the way to enslave a person was to defeat them in a war and take them prisoner – to be sold at the victor's will. The modern way to enslave a person is with debt. The outrageous debt of the Federal government enslaves all of us. As of August 18, each and every one of us owed $46,978.40. We are all being enslaved by the irresponsible actions of the Federal government.
In a nutshell, we have to change the way we behave and think in America. The socialist government approach does not work and has created the problems we face today. "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."- Albert Einstein.
Why not start with learning about the Constitution? Hillsdale College is giving a free online course on the Constitution Sep. 15, 2011. "Constitution 101: An Introduction to the Constitution" Register for this free online Constitution Course at https://constitution.hillsdale.edu/sslpage.aspx
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