Now don’t misunderstand me, I am thrilled to see the massive support for the Tea Party movement and the anger of the American people regardless of party to the government take over that is being attempted by Barack Obama and his Marxist companions in both his administration and the Congress. But what Obama is doing is not new in our government but only escalated and more blatant in its approach than has been the case in the last 100 years.
Our Nation has been on a slide to Socialism slow and sure for decades, so much so that the majority of the American people cannot even recognize what true freedom from government oppression and dependency truly is and how personal responsibility in that freedom is the real essence of a Constitutional Republic whose government is limited and completely answerable to the people.
Ronald Reagan once stated, ” Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same. ” This almost prophetic quote from President Reagan has never been more true and exemplified in the actions of any administration than it is today, but Obama is not the beginning of our losing our freedoms and unless we the people understand how we got where we are and why then even after we defeat this usurper he will not be the end of those who would destroy this Nation of free people and replace it with one whose citizens are slaves to an all powerful government.
The American people as a whole have been suffering from a complacency and a failure to force those that we elect accountable to their actions for more than generation. In fact we have allowed Washington to dictate to us how we should live and prosper for so long that when a charlatan like Obama hit the political stage he seemed like a saviour rather than a destroyer and that is why the blindness that elected him was so rampant among supposedly free Americans in the election of 2008.
Throughout the 20th Century but especially since the years of the Great Depression, Americans have been lulled into complacency and convinced that a large and powerful government was necessary to protect Americans and provide for those who are, “less fortunate.” The problem is that those who have shaped this, “compassionate, ” slide to Socialism have used the very care and concern of free Americans over the less fortunate as the excuse to grow government and make almost all Americans dependant on government in one form or another.
Social Security is a prime example of this complacency and the way a government program which claimed to be created from compassion actually steals our freedom and destroys the very essence of liberty that made our Nation great and the envy of all the world. When FDR created Social Security he used the Depression and the struggles of the American people especially seniors as a reason for this, “necessary, ” but dangerous socialistic venture.
As a result over the years Americans who would have saved for their retirement have used Social Security as a crutch to not set aside personal retirement savings because the government, “promised,” them an income after retirement. Additionally it has created Congressional Representatives who have always had a tendency to spend and become power hungry an opportunity to use funds which should NEVER have been touched but as it was originally designed set aside for Social Security use only, an opportunity to take earnings from Americans and use it for every pet project that their greedy minds could invent and legislate.
But Social Security is not the only culprit. This, “we will take care of you,” attitude has been rampant in Washington and as a result, unfortunately a majority of the American people bought into it and through the blindness it created became totally complacent to a continual slide toward Socialism as our government expanded and became even more controlling through everything from Medicare to regulatory practices that stifled business and as a result freedom.
This decades long complacency on the part of the American people which was enforced by Representatives whose hunger for power drove them in their quest for an unconstitutional expansion of government creating the very situation which allowed someone like Barack Obama to be elected and think he could get away with a total final move toward Socialism. Fortunately there are still enough freedom loving Americans to stand and stop this blatant push away from who we are and what our Founders envisioned for America.
Norman Thomas a Socialist who ran for President in 1940, 1944 and 1948 once stated, “The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But under the name of Liberalism, they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program until one day America will be a socialist nation without knowing how it happened.” This has been exactly how the left in our country has moved us from a free Constitutional Republic which centered on individual rights and freedoms to a quasi – socialist Democracy whose people look more to the government than to themselves for answers and solutions.
Had Barack Obama not stepped into the Oval Office and began spending massively as he has and only slowly instituted over his first term the agenda that he has been trying to force down our throats, I am afraid that he would have been successful in ending any resemblance of our Republic and created a total American Socialism because of how complacent and blind most Americans had become.
This very fact is why, even though the people are taking a stand for freedom, that unless we each personally make the conscience decision that we will NEVER allow this to happen again, even when we defeat Obama, shake up the Congress and claim victory in taking our country back, without a total commitment by the people to stand for freedom and make Washington evermore accountable Americans will soon find ourselves right back where we started, falling for political lies and complacency allowing power hungry , “Representatives, ” to lull us into the loss of our freedom.
One very real and necessary way to hold our government accountable even after our new found Revolution shakes up the Washington establishment is to do what our Founders intended from the beginning. Americans have allowed politicians to become entrenched in Washington and not continually remove elected officials from their posh positions as we should have. Up until the mid 20th Century about 50% of the House of Representatives was voted out and new blood moved in on a regular basis. This slowly dwindled until the sixties and seventies when the number of House members changing dropped into the single digits.
That is why the 1994 Republican take over of Congress was such a surprise because such a large change in Representatives had not happened in decades. Yet this massive change is what was the norm for most of our history and is one of the keys for we the people to once again hold Washington continually accountable to us. We cannot allow politicians to remain entrenched in power or they will always use government as a means of controlling the citizenry and as a result steal our freedoms.
Additionally the size of Congressional Districts should be drastically reduced and the number of Representatives increased from the frozen number of 435 which has been in place since 1911. By reducing the size of Districts, Representatives will be forced to work with their smaller constituency and as a result much more answerable to the people. To be re-elected by 100,000 constituents rather than a million or more requires a Representative to be much more in touch with his District and its people. These are but two moves that can be made to prevent this from happening again.
We the people now have the momentum to force the necessary change that will stop our slide to Socialism which has escalated under Obama. But unless we take that momentum and never again allow the complacency which created a Barack Obama, we will find ourselves right back in the same boat we are fighting to get out of now and the next time that boat will be the Titanic!
Ken Taylor The Liberal Lie, The Conservative Truth