There is only one conclusion a sensible person can come to with regard to the state of the nation this past year.
Americans are too stupid for freedom.
Before every one of the elitist academician Marxist-Socialist-Progressive-Democrats (some of whom may be related to me) jump down from their pedestals, fists first, tongues lashing, let me preface this post by saying I am not a Republican. The past month or so has me questioning whether or not I’m an Independent. My beliefs now lean heavily toward Libertarian.
I care not one whit about either major party, except to say that I firmly believe both are the root cause for most of the trouble we are now experiencing. I do care about our country, which has now been faltering more often than setting a good example.
In my business, I talk to people all day long. Teenagers, parents of teenagers, old people, government officials and government workers. Many folks do not know how to piece together enough coherent sentences to make a business telephone conversation. It’s apparent that this nation has been suffering from a “dumbing down” effect for a long, long time.
For example, take our schools. Forget the English language and literature. Most kids (and their parents) these days are unfamiliar with national geography including our states and capitals. It’s no wonder then that they do not know world geography or world events. They believe history is what happened the last ten years, and most have no intricate knowledge of the rich heritage of this country and how it came into being.
The modern American doesn’t know how to make anything anymore. Walk into any store, where a good percentage of the merchandise comes from somewhere else. Standing in a long line in Joanne's Fabrics, I picked up every single chachki for sale along the way to the register. Everything I touched had been made in China.
But it’s not just merchandise. Many people wouldn’t know how to feed themselves if the food didn’t come premade and microwaveable. I stopped frequenting a local Kroger when they took out the butcher and fish shop to enlarge the freezer section for all of the “convenience” food.
Instead of using utensils to chop vegetables, we buy them already sliced, or buy a SlapChop. Instead of reading or learning a skill, we vegetate in front of the TV or computer. Instead of puzzling through our problems, we want a quick fix. Instead of working hard, we count on hitting the lottery. We want the easy way out.
America has somehow lost its mojo. Once we had ethics, now we choose corruption. We’ve become a nation of lazy mush, one that seldom uses their brains or hands to create or work.
Is it any wonder that our government decides to step in and solve the “problems” of the people? First the bailout of the banking industry, then the auto companies, the cap and trade bill and now health care. There’s cash for clunkers, cash for refrigerators, and cash for golf carts. Next up: newspaper bailouts. In the meantime, there are promises for free college tuition, free broadband access, free food and free money.
“Free?” Nothing is free, not even freedom.
In my long life, I’ve had a bank or credit account gone bad, bought and sold many automobiles and learned to be environmentally conscious. I’ve even learned to shop for health care, because, you see, I do not have the benefit of a Cadillac health insurance policy provided by my employer. I’m not a US Congressman with the best plan. I don’t have dental or eye care coverage. When you have to take your life into your own hands, you learn to shop around. You manage.
We’ve all heard the sound bites of our elected officials. They think we are too stupid to make our own decisions. They won’t read the bills put before them and some do not want them posted online for the interested public to read. They laugh at us if we reasonably question their stand or offer our opinion. They ridicule the grassroots Tea Party movement for their mere existence.
What some people hear is “I’m going to take care of you.” Some people I know listened to Candidate Obama’s well-crafted presentation and actually believed that by voting for him, they would automatically get a check. During a recent near-riot in downtown Detroit where applications were being handed out to the city’s poor, people believed that the money was coming from “Obama’s stash.” In actuality, like the cash for clunkers program, it’s coming from all of us.
Now the administration has decided to wage a war against a certain media outlet. My personal opinion is that all “news” outlets are the same – it’s been a long time since American journalism has been close to non-biased. I try to limit any “news” I see, but on occasion manage to flip from channel to channel to see what’s up. Do I need the government to tell me what to think about one “news” outlet or another? I think I am intelligent enough to listen to arguments on all sides and make up my own mind.
What many do not realize is that with each step toward total government control in all aspects of our lives, we all pay by giving up our freedom. I personally, and despite all of our trials and hardships, would rather suffer and slog through than to get an assist from our government.
But I am only one of a few. My lone voice is being drowned out by the masses.
Maybe our elected officials are right. Maybe we are too stupid for freedom.