"When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic." - Benjamin Franklin;
"And when politicians find that honor and character matter less than buying votes and a constituency, that too will herald the end of the Constitution. When that happens we must work tirelessly to change their minds, or their occupation!" - Hoping The Blind Will See

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The American Experiment

Our Founding Fathers devised a republican form of government, and supported it with ideas contained within the Constitution, hoping that the foundation they were laying was strong enough to support a country for centuries. It has been described as the American Experiment. But to be successful, the experiment required, and assumed, that the citizens of the then budding nation would be educated, self-reliant, capable, entrepreneurial, God-fearing men and women.

That remained the case for nearly 150 years, and despite the constant attempts to erode the Constitution, no one allowed the erosion of Liberty to take hold. That all ended about 100 years ago, as little by little, small attacks on Liberty were ignored, sometimes even welcomed, and incorporated into our daily lives. And then, about 50 years ago, with the assassination of JFK and the presidency of LBJ, progressivism took hold and a steady, increasingly fast erosion of Liberty has occurred.

Since LBJ's administration the government, with their union partners, have corrupted the educational system. More and more money has been poured into public education over the decades, and yet our educational standing in the world community continues to decline. At the same time, the government has seen fit to create, promote and spread the existence and use of "social programs" designed as "safety nets" for the masses. By doing so they have created whole cities where the culture of dependence and entitlement exist. They have most recently extended unemployment benefits to 99 weeks! A safety net? Sounds more like a fishing net that the government is using to trap their "catch". And also, not surprisingly, the government has acquiesced to a minority who have attacked God - driving Him out of our schools, our public lives, our culture and our consciousness.

So is it any wonder that the American Experiment is in peril? The cornerstones of the foundation for Liberty have been attacked and eroded - primarily in the past 50 years. Educated, self-reliant, God-fearing men and women are no longer the norm in America. Instead we have bred a sub-class of largely uneducated, immoral, government-dependent citizens who are sucking the lifeblood out of the country Madison and Jefferson and Franklin and Washington et al envisioned.

And the rest of us can be found in two camps - the first contains a group of people supporting the continued destruction of America as she was created and envisioned, albeit, many of who are doing so in complete ignorance of the consequences. In the second group are those who read this blog and other blogs like it, and yet, sadly, even while seeing the destruction being wrought on America, are largely powerless to prevent it. Unless more people engage actively, unless more people attend town hall meetings in their home districts, surround their Congressmen and demand accountability from them, unless more people call, and/or write their Senators and Representatives on a weekly basis, the American Experiment has run it's course, and we are destined for the scrap heap where other great civilizations have been tossed.

Is that what you envision for America's future? Is that ok with you as long as your daily life isn't disrupted? Have we become that selfish as individuals and as a nation? The left talks extensively about "collective salvation" - that we can not be successful without everyone being in the same boat. And they envision reaching that "utopia" through the "redistribution of wealth" process. But what will really turn this country around, and back towards it's golden years is "collective individualism" - where everyone is allowed to be as good as they want by working as hard as they want, without the interference of excessive government regulation, oversight or taxes. Where everyone has the right to be free and live free - outside the constraints of an ever more oppressive government. Where everyone has the opportunity to pursue their happiness, rather than have government, and it's mouthpieces, sell us their version of happiness and expect everyone will be ok with that.

So I guess it all comes down to a little introspective thinking to see what you really believe. If you aren't too selfish, and if you aren't too shallow, and you aren't too ignorant, and you aren't too far gone... take the time to do the thinking.

Stand With God, Stand For Liberty, Prepare To Fight For Both!