Monday, October 25, 2010

Are We Citizens or Subjects?

Benjamin Franklin said "We have a Republic, if we can keep it". With the Democrats in total control of our Federal Government, the Republic is on its death bed. Their belief in "cradle to grave" socialism is anathema to a free society. If the Democrats survive Nov. 2, our freedom and our Republic may be on its last breath.

James Madison, referring to a bill to subsidize cod fishermen introduced to the First Congress said,

If Congress can employ money indefinitely to the general welfare, and are the sole and supreme judges of the general welfare, they may take the care of religion into their own hands;they may appoint teachers in every State, county and parish and pay them out of their public treasury; they may take into their own hands the education of children, establishing in like manner schools throughout the Union; they may assume the provision of the poor; they may undertake the regulation of all roads other than post-roads; in short, everything, from the highest object of state legislation down to the most minute object of police, would be thrown under the power of Congress…. Were the power of Congress to be established in the latitude contended for, it would subvert the very foundations, and transmute the very nature of the limited Government established by the people of America.”

Our current 111th Congress controlled by the Democratic Party, along with the Obama Administration, honestly believes that government should be the final arbiter in most if not all aspects of our lives. They want education, health care, energy usage, wages, prices and even private property rights to be distributed as government deems to be fair. This is the main issue while all those areas they seek to control are only related to it.

The opposing view is that all of these areas should be left to individual citizens to determine for themselves; that we have equal opportunity in America not the guarantee of equal outcome; that we have the God given right to the pursuit of happiness not to the achievement of the same; that we have the freedom to fail as much as we have the freedom to succeed; and that our toil and persistence will determine winning from losing, not some central authority.

There has never before in our history as a nation been a distinction as clear as this one, a choice between living under governmental control and living free. The coming election may be the most important election in our history. Yes, it is about the candidates, local issues, broad national themes relative to the economy and national defense, but at its core is the fundamental structure of our society. We have a choice that will determine not only how various issues will be worked out, but how our children and generations to come will define themselves relative to government.

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