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On July 4, 1776, the American colonists boldly declared their independence from Great Britain. It is that act that we will celebrate over this long holiday weekend. But, let us not kid ourselves. We are no longer free. Over the years, we have sold ourselves to China, Japan and a host of other foreign powers.
The noose is slowly being tightened. As yet, we have not felt its sting, but the rope has already been lowered over our heads – and, make no mistake, it will not be long before we begin to feel its tight squeeze about our collective throats.
As of January, foreigners owned a whopping 47 percent of our debt of more than $14 trillion, and the lion’s share of that foreign debt is held by the central bank of China, a communist power.
Our ancestors thought the British were tyrants. What are our children likely to experience under the Chinese?
“Do it for the children,” has been the siren song used by liberal socialists in this country to take over more and more of our daily lives: education, after-school care, food, shelter and now health care. Are there any essential needs this president and the Democrats who control the Senate would leave to the individual?
The truth is we haven’t done it for the children, we have done it to the children. Unless we throw off the noose of big government – and quickly – our children will be slaves to the Chinese.
But before we can balance our books and get rid of our debt, we must realize that many of our citizens already have become slaves to the government. Granted, the life these slaves live is not all that bad for now. In fact, it is quite good when you consider they don’t have to work for their daily bread. All they have to do is show up with their hands out. There is no other requirement.
Until recently, most of our citizens preferred freedom and a shot at what was commonly referred to as the “American dream” to handouts. However, in these difficult times, the number of people who have become complacent as wards of the state has increased dramatically.
In hard times, charities used to care for the poor and help people get back on their feet. Now, even the charities have their collective hands out. It is so much easier to take a large government grant than it is to raise funds from individual contributors. Yes, fundraising is so 20th century!
Of the true charities that do exist, few require accountability. It’s way too much trouble. Far too many of these charities are now part of the problem, heaping loads of food and other goodies on those who already are on the receiving end of a plethora of government handouts. They ignore Biblical principles like the one in 2 Thessalonians 3:10: “If anyone will not work, neither let him eat.”
We would do well to revisit the words of our charter, the Declaration of Independence:
We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
Our founders deemed it an obvious truth that we are created by God as equal individuals and should be guaranteed (as later spelled out in the Constitution) equal treatment under the law. It goes on to say that each of our citizens should have an equal opportunity to succeed, which is defined as the “Pursuit of Happiness.”
The definition of success, or the “Pursuit of Happiness,” is different for everyone. To some success is material. To others it is fame or influence. Still others believe it is a balance of work and simple pleasures.
The right to the “Pursuit of Happiness,” the opportunity to succeed, carries with it the opportunity for failure. Failure is not a permanent state from which one must be rescued by the government. It is an opportunity for one to assess one’s mistakes and redouble one’s efforts in the next pursuit.
There was no attempt in our charter or the Constitution to make everything equal for everyone. That is the goal of socialism or communism, which has never turned out very well for those so governed.
It is time for us to decide if we want to completely bankrupt this country by burying our collective heads in the sand. It is time for us to decide if we want to keep going down this road toward socialism, which ends in slavery. It is time for another declaration of independence – independence from big government.