Freedom, Freeloaders, and the American Dream: I’m watching our basic freedoms being taken away, the government sneaking up where it doesn’t belong, and a very young but established country go south. If you’re not seeing that, friend, not even strong set bifocals’ll help with your blindness.
I’m not going to sit here and gripe in my usual ways about the dangers of a controlling, central government like Hitler’s taking over our country; but how we are losing something much more important. I always thought there was a certain amount of dignity to “The American Dream” –for people who traveled here to live it, and for those already here. We have freedoms that other countries don’t, an equality of all men and women that allows us to work our way up the ladder. The harder we worked, the further up we got. Such a dream, such an accomplishment brings us to humility, and later a sense of pride and pleasure. Truly a beautiful sentiment, anyway… but when the government starts making it their responsibility to do ANYTHING other than protect us, we’re stripped of our freedoms. When the government is in control, we’re stripped or our independence. When the government makes it easy for people to freeload, and mooch off the government, why wouldn’t they?! It’s a wonder why nobody has any work ethic today. The government is diminishing any sense of dignity there was to The American Dream.
“We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of each and every one of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.” ~James Madison
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” ~The Declaration of Independence
Preparations, Teachings, and Education: The future I see for our country is dim, grim, and downright horrifying. I can tell you, the leaders of my generation are probably not going to have the answers. Why would we? What are you doing to teach kids how to be leaders? What kind of indoctrination are they being exposed to?
I honestly shudder to think what kids in public school learn – or don’t learn. In my school I get to really dive into what I’m interested in, and share it with my family. In my school I spend too much time telling jokes, but we have a lot of fun. In my school I set standards and have dreams; and I try hard to accomplish them. In my school I get to form my own opinions and thoughts, then debate and argue them until I’m blue in the face. In my school, I have gained the feeling that I will be able to leave here and conquer anything I set my mind to. I’ve really enjoyed my school. Not many of my friends seem to get that at their schools. Home schooling gave me so many great opportunities I never would have had otherwise.
“I am much afraid that schools will prove to be great gates of hell unless they diligently labor in explaining The Holy Scriptures, engraving them in the hearts of youth. I advise no one to place his child where The Scriptures do not reign paramount. Every institution in which men are not increasingly occupied with The Word of God must become corrupt.” ~Martin Luther