Is It Too Late to Save the Constitutional Republic?
I do wonder about this question because the welfare mentality is very strong and like any addiction it consumes the user more completely over time. With half our nation hooked on free government, it is going to be exceedingly hard to ween them off this powerful drug because they have no desire to stop. They say you have to hit rock bottom before you can make a change, but I personally don't want to be a part of that. I am not hooked on government handouts, so why should I suffer with the junkies to help them get over their government assistance jones. I have worked hard and paid more than my fair share, so I guess that makes me an enabler to their "disease" and like the family of all junkies they suffer right along because they were not strong enough in the beginning to put a stop to the madness.
We all thought that it was okay that they helped themselves to a little government assistance because it was needed to get them over the hump or slump. Then when is became clear that they were clearly hooked, we said we can't blame them or make them stop because it was our fault that they were hooked. We rationalized that we didn't provide them opportunity or enough assistance to break their habit. Then their dealers started coming around telling us to pay up or our poorest would die. So we immediately paid up because we didn't want their deaths on our conscience, but this very act is the one that condemns them to a slow agonizing death. The dealers kept coming around until we had mortgaged everything and sold off our own futures, but while we weren't looking the dealers had hooked even more of our poorest.
So here we are at the tipping point, the dealers are coming around again and we have nothing left but our own flesh and blood. The question becomes are we ready for some tough love? Are we willing to say enough is enough? Are we willing to see the junkies in treatment and see them go through withdrawal? As we have seen in Greece it isn't a pretty picture the withdrawal from government assistance, there is crying, fighting, and burning. There are claims that we are killing them by making them take responsibility for their own lives. That there are no jobs for them and we are dooming them to dog food and the street. The funny thing is that they are dooming us all to dog food and the street, if we don't fix things, but that doesn't matter that is not their problem.
I know I sound harsh and uncaring, but we need to fix things and it is going to be painful for the group that is between the 10-40% on the economic scale. The bottom 10% is truly needy and needs the assistance to actually live. The group from 10-40% may need some temporary assistance, but the cycle of dependency needs to be broken and they need to stand on their own at some point. You want to know what happened to the middle class, they were declared poor and they were sucked down by the dealers. They had a good life and they were doing okay, they knew if they worked hard good things would come to them. Then came the dealers whispering in their ears that they couldn't cut it any more and they need a helping hand to make ends meet.
At first, it was hard to take the assistance because we were still putting food on the table and clothes on the kids backs. Then is because easier because there were so many demands, tv's, video games, cell phones, second cars, bigger houses, and it was nice to have these things we could afford before. We shouldn't we be just like everyone else. It is the rich people's fault that you don't have all these things and you need to make them pay. The dealers kept feeding you their poison and it got harder and harder to understand why you resisted in the first place. Our memories dim to our dream of a better life for our children because this is their fate as well because the dealers tell you so.
So the cycle goes, but we do truly live in the land of opportunity and we can achieve great things if we apply hard work to our dreams. There are people building better mouse traps each and every day, but you want to know a secret most of those mouse traps fail and their designers head back to the drawing board. Success comes at the end of hard work and effort. It doesn't come from sitting around playing video games or hanging out and hooking up. It takes dreaming of something more and working to make that dream happen. Those dreams are fogged by the drug of government assistance where the most powerful government on earth says you are never going to be anything more.
The dealers and the addicts both need tough love from the adults in this country. We need to say enough and put our foot down and mean it. The dealers need to be locked up for their crimes or at least booted from power. The addicts need to we shown a better way and weened from their addiction. Life is not fair and not everyone gets to have everything. If you are not rich, you don't get to have everything rich people have. The stuff rich people have is a motivator to become rich. You get rich by working your butt off. You start by actually paying attention in school and learning how to read and do math. You want a better education system them make school worth something, a stepping stone to a better future.
I know because I have made it then like a smoker who quits I want everyone to quit. Hell yeah! Why wouldn't I? If a poor kid from rural Maine can make it to the top, then why can't anyone else? I didn't have any special advantage and I went from the bottom 10% to the top 10%. I worked and sacrificed, so my kids can have a better life. Why can't others achieve the same dream? What is holding them back? Especially with the internet, you can learn even if your school sucks. You can see a better life just with a few clicks. But, what does it take to make that happen hard work and determination. Those two things are born out of motivation and motivation comes from not wanting to be stuck where you are for the rest of your life.
Let's give back to the 10-40% the best gift ever, MOTIVATION!
p.s Sorry this was long and rambling, but I had a lot of thoughts on the matter. I may come back and clean it up at some point, but I am not motivated to do so right now.