I’m still working my way out of the November 2012 Election fiasco and trying to keep a healthy perspective on politics, business, spirituality and community. I’m not doing so good at it. I’m still suffering from PISSD – Post Election Stress Disorder.
I’ve tried to make sense of the Obama’s re-election. I’ve tried to come to grips with the shift in national sentiment. I’ve tried to come to terms with the changing political and social environments. My conclusions are that more and more people want our government to have a larger role in our lives to correct what they perceive are injustices that have gone on for far too long. They lean heavy on emotional pleas for healthcare, for government assistance for the needy, for bailout plans to save jobs, for steeper taxation of the wealthy, penalties for big business profits and mistakes, amnesty for illegal aliens, for greater tolerance of alternate lifestyles, for greater tolerance of non-Christian religions while actively seeking limits on Christian beliefs and finally, for enforced compliance and censure by anyone who opposes those views.
None of those jive with what I think a government should be doing. None!
Our government should protect the freedoms of it’s citizens from both foreign and domestic criminals. Our government should make laws that guarantee equal opportunity to succeed OR fail. Our government was founded with God given and inalienable rights that define respect, freedom, individual choices and responsibilities.
Our government should NOT be implementing guarantees of welfare, social security retirements, universal healthcare, housing and protection from business failures.
Republican, Democrat, Liberal or Conservative – all use facts and statistics to argue their point. For every fact that backs up one side of the argument, another set of facts will be offered that promote the entirely opposite view.
Undeniably, the one thing that finally topples a socialist or welfare state is the ever increasing cost of providing so called entitlements. When those entitlement ideas are being birthed, they naturally tug on your heartstrings in order to put them into the law books. I mean, who would ever want someone to suffer by not receiving medical attention? No one would. The problem is, just like Social Security, after 25 or 50 years, the entitlement has exploded into a financial burden that can no longer be afforded. This is where I think that Socialists, Liberals and today, the Democratic Party is acting irresponsible and in conspiracy to keep a voting public enslaved to their system of hand-outs and feel-good policies.
While asking for Republican compliance with higher taxes and increased national debt, Democrats refuse to limit or reduce entitlement programs. That is insanity. It’s intolerable. It’s irresponsible. It’s idealistic and not reality.
Today, a fact sheet on jobs was released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicating that 73% of all new jobs, were government jobs. Jobs that are paid for from taxes. Jobs that should be coming from private business – the true source of prosperity and economic health. CNN says:
“Seventy-three percent of the new civilian jobs created in the United States over the last five months are in government, according to official data published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In June, a total of 142,415,000 people were employed in the U.S, according to the BLS, including 19,938,000 who were employed by federal, state and local governments. By November, according to data BLS released today, the total number of people employed had climbed to 143,262,000, an overall increase of 847,000 in the six months since June. In the same five-month period since June, the number of people employed by government increased by 621,000 to 20,559,000. These 621,000 new government jobs created in the last five months equal 73.3 percent of the 847,000 new jobs created overall.” –CNSNews editor-in-chief Terence Jeffrey
This is why I’m having such a hard time moving beyond the 2012 election disaster. This is why I cannot simply ignore my own values and let the other party rule the country for a while. This is why I do not think that politicians should cave in and comply with Democratic demands for unrestrained spending. This is why I believe that the United States of America is losing it’s place as a model for freedoms, for opportunity, for wealth and for representing God and Christianity to the world. Like Israel, God did occasionally turn his back on his people when they departed from his laws. The results were devastating as recorded in both the Bible and in modern history. Even our taxation laws, if followed by Biblical standards, are limited and reasonable. They allow for governmental assistance. They promote private donations, sponsorship and charity. They promote churches and communities working to provide for those in need, for those hit by disaster and for those who cannot care for themselves.
Irresponsible Legislation, Big Government, Socialism, Demonizing the Wealthy, and Idealism are not the agenda that I want to follow. I do not believe in more spending. I believe we must stop spending and that we must REDUCE spending. I believe we must not increase our debt. We must reduce our debt. That’s where I intend to resist the Democratic agenda to the max. That’s why increasing social services, healthcare and bigger government is a liberal utopia that will never have enough money to endure. The hunger for more and more income will never be satisfied. They will search for more money wherever they see wealth, income and prosperity. They will tax and confiscate and nationalize.
This is NOT what I believe in.
I believe in the freedom to succeed in your life or business as best you can. I also believe that as a consequence of poor decisions that you need to fail, then work hard to recover. I believe when you reach the end of your budget, you have to stop spending. I believe in disciplined financial planning. I believe that before you buy a cell phone, use recreational drugs, buy alcohol, take a vacation or buy a TV, that you first have to fund your savings plan. I believe if you do buy the TV, the drugs, the booze, the cell phone, the video game first, that you do not have the right to solicit help from the government for housing, healthcare or welfare. I believe you have the right to NOT work and with that, you do NOT have the right to demand that others take care of you when you are broke or sick.
I still haven’t gotten over the election of 2012 yet. It marks a complete shift in the direction that I think our nation should be headed. I am still stunned, but not unconscious or defeated. I will doggedly work to defeat the current administration and discredit the Democratic agenda as it is being promoted today.
It took a month to be able to get that off my chest in writing. I had to wait to let my emotions calm down and get the right words down on my blog. It feels good to be back on my feet again.