The Sinking State of America

My Forth of July rant, sorry bout that, sometimes the State of Affairs just gets to me.

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“…And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”

The key words to me here are, “pledge to each other.”

What we have created is an insult to the sentiments expressed in this quote taken directly from the original declaration. We are a secular society. Blue vs. Red. Black vs. White. Rich vs. Poor. Corporate vs. Welfare. Union vs. Management. Even our divisions are divided. Public sector unions vs. private. Fiscal conservatives vs. cultural conservatives. Fiscally conservative liberals vs social liberals. Racial divisions exist even among people of the same race. New Blacks vs. established Blacks, Dominicans vs. Puerto Ricans, Vietnamese vs. Chinese.

Every man for himself, and let “Divine Providence” sort it out.

Our government needs to give up over-governing and let our people be. And our people need to remember to pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our Sacred Honor.

This is a land whose government is for the people and by the people, not by some of the people for the rest of the people. Those working are now outnumbered by those not. Nobody promised us a free ride, our constituution does its best to allow us to pursue life, liberty and the pursuit of freedom, which by no means guarantees it.

“Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”

Have “We the People” given our consent to this train wreck we call our government? Corruption reigns at all levels of government. City Councils, State Legislatures, the Congress of the United States, the Presidency. Sure they claim nothing illegal is going on, elect or appoint ethics commissions and all that, but what has become of our government is corrupt at its very core.

Our leaders are winners of popularity contests funded by political parties whose philosophies change in the direction of the money flow. An honest, ideological person who by some miracle wins an election is quickly indoctrinated into the abyss of favors, deals and alliances that render him useless, except as a tool for the entrenched powers whose once noble vision of a government whose primary purpose is to provide an environment guaranteeing “Unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” has become a nightmare of greed, self-serving and power grabbing.

“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness,” is quickly being replaced by “Existence, Government Dependence and the Pursuit of Escape.” Did you ever wonder why suddenly our society is inundated with distractions? Cell phones. I-pods, Facebook, X-Box, Networks. What happened to friendship, conversation, quiet nights, introspection, and peace of mind? How long have we lived a life without fear, remorse or guilt? Somebody always wants something from us, needs something or demands it.

Self-made and maintained happiness, the very essence of what the signers of The Declaration of Independence risked their lives, fortunes and sacred honor for is ridiculed by present mores and values, questioned by society and looked upon as selfish and abhorrent when compared to what is considered civilized by today’s standards.

I am tired of apologizing for my success. I’m tired of being forced to support an ever increasing burden of social programs. I’m tired of feeding school kids breakfast so their parents do not have to, tired of providing free health care to illegal immigrants, of providing housing to people who refuse to work, tired of speaking Spanish to people who live here, take the benefits but contribute nothing, tired of people who take it all for granted, swear in public, spit on the ground, flick their cigarette butts onto the streets and dress like thugs. I’m tired of people expecting a free ride.

I’m tired of my government existing to make life easier for a population all to eager to have life made easier for them.

“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.”

That’s about all. Thanks for reading.

And Happy 4th of July.

3 Comments

  • Johnny Cody says:

    Amen brother.

  • rich kiger says:

    I hear you. I just took a 12 week course on the us constitution. what an eyeopener! we are upside-down. the course is titled The American View of the US Constitution. Google IOTC to find it. The effort needed is to both protect the Constitution and to understand it and RESTORE it. this is a 101 course that seeks multiplication of the message, in that hope. we are running short of things to hope in. rich

  • rich kiger says:

    I hear you. I just took a free 12 week course on the US Constitution. What an eyeopener! We are upside down.
    The title is The American View of the US Constitution. Google IOTC. It’s a 101 course that looks to multiply the message in hope of protecting and restoring the understanding we need to get the right side up. It is needed in order to fight the good fight. Hope will slip away, without action. Rich

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