All the anger, all the arguments — the bottom line issue is simply freedom

Tue, 09/29/2009 - 3:03pm
By: Letters to the ...

With all the talk of healthcare, stimulus, cap and trade, etc., we Americans are missing the big picture. What is at stake is not a technicality over who pays for what in society. The overriding critical issue is FREEDOM!

Do you want it? Are you willing to pay the price in personal responsibility and political awareness to keep it? Or will you trade away your freedom for a promise of cradle to grave paternalistic care from government?

If you take the easy way out and trade your vote and allegiance to the party which subsidizes you the most, do you think you or your descendants will ever get your freedom back (without a fight)?

The fact of the matter is that freedom. The right to live as you please (as long as you are not hurting or stealing from your fellow man) and keep the fruits of your labor is not the natural state of mankind.

Since the first caveman hit another caveman over the head with a club, the strong, the ambitious, and the intelligent have oppressed the weak, the lazy, and the weak-minded. To be free, you must prove that you have the strength and intelligence to continually protect your freedom or you will surely lose it to the guy with the club.

Trusting in your elected officials to make your decisions, provide your healthcare and retirement, and pick up the pieces when you screw up your life is not the solution. This is the road to dependence, it is followed by oppression.

When someone from the government offers you a helping hand, run (don’t walk) away. They don’t have your best interest at heart whether they are Democrats or Republicans (democrat-lite). They want power, absolute power.

These people are arrogant intellectuals who view you as foolish, gullible children that can be guided, manipulated, and used to order society as they see fit.

They want a society where ideologically correct elites (them) will wield absolute control of every activity or decision. They want you to be dependent, pliant serfs on the Federal Plantation.

We have fallen along the way since the revolution. Our founding fathers were individualists for the most part. They were self-reliant, informed, educated, and willing to stand up for their right of self-determination.

They wanted minimal service from the government (essentially protection from pirates, Indians, and the European powers). One said that “if men were angels, we would need no government at all.”

Other than that, they wanted to be left alone to order their lives, families, and businesses as they saw fit. They did not expect their fellow citizens to take responsibility for their misfortunes and bad decisions and actions. Nor did they feel an obligation to maintain other men’s station in life.

As for me, I want constitutionally limited government. Limit its power to what is specifically allowed in the constitution, not what ever is vaguely allowed.

Having the government subsidize vast swaths of our society at the expense of an overtaxed and politically vulnerable minority is not promoting the general welfare. It is promoting individual welfare.

Excessively taxing people merely because they have wealth is neither fair nor good economic policy. The high achievers in society create the jobs and keep things running. Do we really want to encourage them to retire or emigrate?

We as a country are in debt up to our eyeballs. The national debt has continued to skyrocket under both Democrat and Republican administrations, consumer debt is at a record high, and we continue to borrow a trillion dollars overseas each year to finance our trade deficit.

To all this fiscal insanity, we are adding 70 million baby boomers to Social Security and Medicare in the next few decades.

On top of this, the socialists want to nationalize 20 percent of the economy in their healthcare power grab and shut down any carbon producing utility or industry.

Seems to me that our country is headed for a financial collapse unless we back away from our open ended socialistic programs and transfer payments.

No government or corporation can make promises of unlimited services, pensions and health insurance without inviting financial collapse.

I hope this insanity can be stopped in the 2010 mid-term elections.

Bill Gilmer

Fayetteville, Ga.

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Submitted by AtHomeGym on Fri, 10/02/2009 - 4:10pm.

Just stand by---if the current administration is successful, they will pass legislation mandating that you buy health insurance and fine you if you don't. Sound like Police State to you? How many of you are OK with that--the Feds telling you how to spend your hard-earned money?

Submitted by MYTMITE on Fri, 10/02/2009 - 2:53pm.

Have we as a nation for the most part become blinded to the things you point out? What has happened to our country that so many want to sit and do nothing and have the government make all their decisions for them while giving them 'handouts'? What happened to working for what you want? Nothing can replace that feeling of pride and accomplishment when you do something for yourself, yet many Americans forgo this feeling in order to have "Big Daddy" think and act for them. Unless things change dratically and soon this is definitely the beginning of the end of our great nation.

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Submitted by S. Lindsey on Fri, 10/02/2009 - 1:58pm.

Well said.. One of my Tag lines was a quote from Thomas Jefferson.. that said..

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be."

Never truer words ever spoken..

"When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny." The strongest reason to keep and "Bear" arms.. Thomas Jefferson

Submitted by PTC Observer on Fri, 10/02/2009 - 1:30pm.

Mr. Gilmer,

You have summarized in a few words what is basically wrong with our government and our attitudes toward it.

Unless we all get involved in our government and how it is run, we all become slaves of the state.

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

Submitted by MacTheKnife on Tue, 09/29/2009 - 4:17pm.


Submitted by coached on Tue, 09/29/2009 - 4:02pm.

Well said, Bill. It's interesting how history keeps repeating itself.

"If ever time should come, when vain & aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin."
- Samuel Adams

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