We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
America's founders never promised us a rose garden. Quite the opposite. They offered, to the world, a novel and very difficult life breathing the air of freedom and independence from government and any other powers.
Adventurous people from all over the world have been attracted to the ideas of dangerous freedom, opportunity, risk, insecurity, and self-reliance.
Those things bring out the best in people.
You all know all of this. In my view, if you want anything from the federal government other than legal justice and protection from invading powers, you lack the vibrant American spirit and perhaps might prefer to live elsewhere, where a more feudal state plays a more parental, controlling role. It's a big world out there and the American idea is not/was not for everybody.
American people do not have delimited rights. American governments have delimited powers. That was the idea and the ideal, anyway.
Freedom or rights for stuff rather than from stuff? It sickens my soul. Quit helping us, please. Our ancestors did not come here for help other than help from God and maybe from our neighbor if we had one. They struggled and endured freedom, and so should we all. "Gimme" is not American: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Gimmedat:
Lefty politicians wanted to get the poor and working class further hooked on the government dole. Republicans, for the most part, rallied against socialized medicine, with a hefty amount of cognitive dissonance telling them that Medicare didn’t suffer from the same deficiencies. The voting hordes were just as divided. Seniors wanted protection from government regulation of medicine, while demanding no changes to federal entitlement programs. Democrat voters were up-front about their desire: to force other people to pay for their goodies, which include health care.
This country's "Only Ones" would do well to understand this, and start to honor their very oaths of office to the Constitution. We are not far from "entertainment", and when it begins, the enablers for the evil in this country will be the first to pay the price for their treason.
Right on. Our current elected representatives see office as an opportunity instead of a responsibility. I am also sickened. It is a measure of how far we have strayed that I meet very few others as revolted.
When my family came over in the 1850's, the only thing they counted on was the determination of their efforts to make it, and the promise of 'better' than in Germany.
Hard work, sacrifice, and the promise of a better life got them up to the ACW, where many fell on the fields of VA and PA, only to grow again in their kids, and other family that came over. Not for handouts, but to make a better life.
Now, its the dole that brings them, not betterment, opportunity, or the promise of liberty - our political betters and their entitlement enablers have just about squashed those ideals.
I'm doing what I can to make my kids understand this, but there are too many influences to counter my efforts. This isn't gonna end well...
But, I pray and hope our future kids don't hate us too much for ruining their birthrights and squashing their chance for the 'brass ring'