The Fourth of July has come upon us once more. A day off from that stressful job. A long weekend for some. Time for the summer kick-off. Time to get out there and enjoy the great outdoors, if only in the park or your back yard. Time to spend with family and friends. Time to eat, drink and be merry, before returning to the same old 9 to 5.
And somewhere in all that, we take a moment to recall the reason for this holiday: Independence Day! Hooray! This country that we live in began as a group of rebellious colonists, who went to war against the most powerful nation in the world. It was a real, shooting war — you know, one of those immoral, “war never solved anything” kind of wars. Lots of folks died because they wanted to be free from the tyranny of King George, III. And they were willing to fight, in order to assume the responsibilities of self-determination, rule themselves and be “independent”.
Frankly, I’m flabbergasted to think that anyone in America today would be celebrating “independence”. Flabbergasted, because everything that has happened in politics for at least the past 50 years points to an exponentially growing trend. Rather than celebrating independence, Americans seem to prefer being dependent upon government authority for everything.
America keeps electing leaders who enact programs to control every aspect of our lives. Instead of preserving “freedom of choice” as an aspect of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” America has opted to allow mothers to murder their defenseless, unborn babies, but not let anyone have a choice as to whether or not to purchase healthcare insurance. And there’s no freedom of choice for those who oppose paying for abortions because of their religious or moral convictions.
How can anyone who has paid any attention to politics and the news lately think that America values independence? America doesn’t want freedom of speech or freedom of religion because so much about speech and religion is offensive. And we don’t like being offended. America believes that political correctness should define the limits of what we say and what we believe in. America believes that we all should be told what we can and cannot say. That means we must depend upon our leaders to codify political correctness for us, and clearly delineate what is permissible.
Or I should say, permissible permissiveness. America wants every aberrant sexual practice to be deemed socially appropriate. Never mind the cultural traditions of civilizations for thousands of years. Never mind the Bible. Never mind God. Those appear to be the things America wants to be independent from: traditional history, the Bible and God. A great deal of time and effort is spent in our courts and legislative bodies to rid ourselves of restrictive, hateful and bigoted influences such as Biblical traditions, so that everyone can do what they want, without being made to feel guilty.
America wants to be dependent upon a big, powerful government that will take care of everyone from the cradle to the grave. A government that has a seemingly endless supply of money to dole out. Never mind that it comes from confiscatory taxation. America believes it is great because of the uneducated, ignorant laborers who keep everything working from their position on the bottom rung of the economic ladder. Never mind the employers who pay them. Don’t ask where the money will come from when their money is depleted by increasing wages, increasing healthcare costs and increasing taxation.
America doesn’t worry about things like that. It’s happy just being dependent. America forgets little details like when people who couldn’t afford buying a home in the first place lost their homes, or when pensioners lost their pensions — all because some organization that was “too big to fail” stole their money. Big government reneged on their promise to these people — as they always do. And yet American morons continue to believe that big government will bail everyone out and we’ll all live in glorious, politically correct ease — My oh my! Pie in the sky!
And one day, we’ll all be safe on the streets and in our homes — not just because smoking tobacco has been eradicated (while smoking pot for medicinal purposes is OK) but because private gun-owners will have been done away with. Then, America can depend on Homeland Security and it’s associated police forces — both local and international — to keep us safe and protected. They’ll even come inside your home to make sure you’re safe. Yes, America loves its dependence on Big Brother.
Two questions: 1) Why not rename the 4th of July holiday “American Dependence Day”? and 2) Are the almost half of all registered voters who didn’t vote happy now?
[UPDATE] This morning (7/4/13) I got a forwarded email consisting of Thomas Sowell quotes. I did searches on each quote and found them all attributed to Thomas Sowell on reputable sites. They are included here.
- Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.
- Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good.
- I think this man [Obama] really does believe he can change the world, and people like that are infinitely more dangerous than mere crooked politicians.
- It is amazing that people who think we cannot afford to pay for doctors, hospitals and medication somehow think that we can afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, medication and a government bureaucracy to administer it.
- It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.
- If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 60 years ago, a liberal 30 years ago and a racist today.
- I have never understood why it is “greed” to want to keep the money you’ve earned, but not greed to want to take somebody else’s money.
- If you have been voting for politicians who promise to give you goodies at someone else’s expense, then you have no right to complain when they take your money and give it to someone else, including themselves.
- One of the consequences of such notions as “entitlements” is that people who have contributed nothing to society feel that society owes them something, apparently just for being nice enough to grace us with their presence.