How and when did the noble concept of a “free country” become the twisted notion that some citizens should be allowed to live for free? The “free” in “free country” was fundamental freedom from improper governance of their lives; government involvement which is unconstitutional, unnecessary, illegal, abusive, invasive, oppressive, overbearing, over-controlling, over-regulating, over-restrictive, intrusive, manipulative, coercive, dictatorial or tyrannical.
A free country is NOT one which provides free food, clothes, rent, utilities, transportation, cell phones, health care, babysitting, and the means to purchase smart-phones with data plans, mega-channel TV subscriptions with DVR and internet, the latest electronic games/gadgets, beer, cigs, and virtually all else.
Nor is it a free nation which arranges to bail out businesses which cannot sustain themselves - or rescues banks and investment companies which lend money to folks who can’t repay (especially when that inability was evident at the time of the loans - and worse, when it was government forcing the hand of the lenders in the first place). And it is certainly not free when pension and benefit plans of specially-selected, private sector employee unions are restored to solvency with cash lifted from taxpayer’s wallets when the accounts which were set aside for these become depleted due to mismanagement, corruption and strategic political “donations “by the billions of dollars. And it isn’t free at all when government underwrites programs and endeavors which ought to be privately funded (such as National Public Radio, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Planned Parenthood, among numerous others).
Furthermore, to be selected for any of these wonderfully-gracious government bailouts requires support for those who control the rescue operations. When arranged for up front, this makes corrupt bed partners of those who legislate administer and receive the “free” handouts (but there is nothing free about any of this for the taxpayers). When the bailouts/handouts are part of the overall government strategy to create nanny-state dependents, it alters the election process. An ever-growing and remarkably-significant portion of the electorate, about 50% now pays no income taxes whatsoever. Folks who do not share in the duty and sacrifice of contributing to the tax base have little or no concern for the oppressive tax burden imposed on those who do. Nor do they care about the excessive, wasteful and corrupt government spending which is at the root of it all. Therefore, instead of choosing qualified candidates of integrity and honesty who will allow proper moral standards, uphold the law and the Constitution to guide their leadership, this strategically-cultivated demographic is cleverly influenced to select “leaders “who will simply provide them with their regular meager feedings. As is abundantly evident with the evil minions currently in control, and the most disturbingly part is personal character is no longer a consideration in the voting booth.
Quite simply, a nation which arranges that some of its citizens should live for free while others are forced to provide for their needs and wants ceases to be a free nation. Obviously, this is not about emergency provision for the truly needy; that’s an altogether different matter. It’s about able-bodied sluggards living off the public dole, receiving rather than achieving; who are working the Great American Scheme instead of pursuing the Great American Dream.
"When the people find they can vote themselves money that will herald the end of the republic." - Benjamin Franklin
Gordon Faerber, Oxnard