Monday, November 03, 2008

Is Socialism Inevitable? Part 3: Desire

I recently had a conversation with an acquaintance who voiced his opinion about the recent election where he expressed the desire that all new people would be voted into Congress. I was quite surprised as most people have object to my "Vote the Bums Out" idea.

During our talk, he asked a very poignant question: "Don't people realize they are voting in socialism? Do they really want that?" I answered with a huge "Yes."

When the founders of our nation decided to split from Britain, they knew they were in for a lot of trouble. Declaring independence was treason against The Crown and the British were known to be ruthless against those who encouraged rebellion. So important was the cause of freedom to them they literally risked life, family, friends and property and a getting into a very risky war in order to secure it. Many were tortured, executed, their families were broken up, their homes burned to the ground, their land seized and given to others. Yet, they stood firm to the end and we are the beneficiaries of their efforts. Their desire for freedom and democracy was greater than their fear for their own safety and well being.

From what I observe, today we do not have such desire for our freedom. We are content in getting along with our "nice little life" (thanks to John Eldredge for that phrase) that we scarcely notice we are giving our freedoms away little by little. We're content to sit around and, so long as no one interferes with our plans, we don't pay much attention to what's going on around us. Frankly, we are spoiled rotten.

You see, most of us have not had to fight for, nor even work hard to enjoy the freedoms we enjoy. We consider it our birthright and most don't realize that tyranny is only a generation away. We sit around fat, dumb and happy and expect that the things we have will always be there. We've deluded ourselves into a state of peaceful ignorance - the likes not seen in a society since the fall of the Roman Empire.

You see, like that empire of old, most of us have grown lazy and think there's no one out there powerful enough to come and bother us and interfere with our daily lives. As our society falls apart from splitting families, parent-less children, a sub par education system, ignorance of issues (other than those having to do with celebrities) the shell around us continues to erode away. We are so full of greed, selfishness and avarice and couldn't care less about what's going on around us. In one or two generations we've gone from a society which valued strong families and strong communities to one in which families are considered "quaint" and we don't even know what many of our neighbors look like. The glue holding our society together is coming apart and we scarcely take notice.

And we sit around and ask for more. Since we can't or won't take care of ourselves, we petition the government to come be our nanny. Instead of looking to leaders who will challenge us to do better, we look to those who will "take from the rich and give to the poor." Unlike President Kennedy who said we aim to go to the Moon, not because it's easy but because it's hard and challenged us to do for others instead of waiting around to see what we can get from the system, we look to so-called leaders who promise to give us what we want. Unfortunately the payment for those things is to give up a little more of the freedom that is our inheritance.

Is it too late? This I'm not sure of. The tide certainly appears to be against us. Unfortunately, there aren't enough people willing to speak the truth with a little tough love. Our children need to be taught to read, and then to read the Constitution. We need to take responsibility for ourselves and our families and quit looking to the government to take care of us.

We can't do those things without a desire to do them.

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