I have four kids, and like any father, I worry. I worry that when my oldest son is climbing a tree, he may fall and get hurt. I worry about my eight year old daughter getting bullied at school. I worry that my kids will make the same mistakes in life that I have, causing disappointment and heartache that should be preventable. Lately, however, I find myself worrying for a different reason.
We have found ourselves blessed to live in the greatest nation to ever exist. Our Grand Experiment of self governance and free market enterprise has lifted millions out of poverty. The idea that all men are created equal and therefore have an equal opportunity for success has changed forever how we view both ourselves and our fellow man. All of these things together have made America a beacon of hope to the downtrodden in every nation for generations. That is not to say that our Great Republic has not faced trials. We most certainly have. As difficult as it has been, we have always had the courage to face our problems, deal with them and come out on the other side stronger, wiser and better able to lead. Today we find ourselves in a position where we have more problems than we have courage.
We have spent ourselves into a debt so large, that most of us have trouble conceiving its enormity. We have borrowed money to pay for massive social safety nets; Social Security, Medicare, Welfare and Unemployment “insurance.” We give billions of dollars in foreign aid to nations whose people would be only too happy to see our nation wiped off of the face of the Earth. Much of our debt is owned by Communist China, a nation that represents an ideology so evil that our Nation once had the goal of eliminating it for all time. We punish the success of our citizens through “progressive” income taxes in the name of economic justice and fairness while forgetting the words of one of our Founders, Thomas Jefferson, who said, “The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”
My parents taught me that America was a place where hard work was rewarded. America is a place where anyone can succeed. Success achieved through hard work is something to be sought after with vigor. My parents had hoped that they, and their generation, had conveyed this message properly to their children. They had faith that they were leaving us not only a Nation that was at least as good and as strong as the one that they had inherited from their parents, but that they had provided us with the necessary tools to achieve even greater things.
Today I worry because I know that without the courage and fortitude to once again look our problems directly in the eye and face them, our Great Republic will be lost. I worry because it will require a great measure of selflessness to secure the continuation of our Grand Experiment; a selflessness that both the electorate and its representatives no longer seem to have.
We must take courage. We must encourage our Senators and Representatives to stand firm as they face enormous pressure from the President to spend and tax even more. We must be willing to sacrifice our present in order to ensure a strong future. We must begin again to celebrate achievement and success. This we must do, not for ourselves, but for my children, and for all our children.