reply to post by WWJFKD
The question is now how do we become once again that shining beacon welcoming all to her warm embrace, how do we become the America we all know and
love that others want to be a part of.
An excellent and thought provoking post as always my friend, and a good question, I think we all should be asking of ourselves, and one another.
I know when I was younger there was a certain resentment on the part of many Americans in regards to illegal and legal immigrants alike. A resentment
that no doubt continues right on through today.
But what I did notice, back then, is so many of them, came here looking to just work, work and save. They didn’t drive fancy cars, or eat expensive
meals, or long for fine clothes, or a great big home, just a good honest job, that paid honest wages, that they would skimp and sacrifice to save
almost every penny they could of.
Invariably most of them wanted to do the same thing, to save and move back to their country of origin to use that money to open a business of their
own, to establish them for the rest of their lives.
They weren’t looking for government hand outs, social security, or free health care, or a police officer on every corner.
They were looking to take care of themselves, to have that opportunity to take care of them selves.
Many people, who are born here, really don’t want to fully do for themselves, they want big government and big guarantees, they want to be
codependent on government, they want to be dependent on government, and they want us all to pay our ‘fair’ share of that!
Yet no matter how much we pay, the government spends more, and often to placate one special interest group or another, the people who want government
guarantees, social guarantees, social contracts etc., etc.
But that wasn’t what this country was about, it wasn’t what our forefathers were about, it was about having that simple chance to do for yourself,
to work for yourself, to care for yourself, to care for the people you loved and meant something to you, with out government standing in the way,
regulating it to the point it was nigh on impossible, and without taxing you to death.
The American dream was about making something of yourself, not having the government make something of you, and that something being exactly like
everyone else was.
The new America really is becoming about that, as all being equal, equally poor, equally afraid, equally dependent, equally compliant, equally
submissive, and equally silent and grateful.
We need to get back to basics, to get back to our entrepreneurial spirit and backbone, to realize that our corporations have become tyrannical
fiefdoms within the government, and to stop supporting them, to stop buying their cheap foreign made products, to stop working for their substandard
wages, and to stop giving up 50% of that in taxes, fees and insurances, to multiple overlapping layers of overly intrusive government.
We need to understand that the American Dream isn’t a gift the Government gives you, it’s a gift you give yourself because Government doesn’t
stand in the way of it.
Government is standing in the way of it, and the backbone of that support comes from those who want to be dependent upon government for everything in
everyway, and to make us dependent on it too.
That’s my humble opinion.
Thanks for asking.
[edit on 21/4/10 by ProtoplasmicTraveler]