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Milton J. Madison - An American Refugee Now Living in China, Where Liberty is Ascending

Federalism, Free Markets and the Liberty To Let One's Mind Wander. I Am Very Worried About the Fate of Liberty in the USA, Where Government is Taking people's Lives ____________________________________________________________________________________________ "Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. Tolerance in the face of tyranny is no virtue." -Barry Goldwater-

Friday, December 19, 2008

Its No Longer My Country.....

I no longer think nor believe that the United States is my country. I no longer feel a kinship to its people since I see them as a whining and pathetic people that think that they are somehow entitled to things purely due to the fact that they had the good fortune to be born on a certain piece of land. It seems as if being born there and not hard work or taking advantage of opportunity is the operative words for modern Americans. Its now, 'What are you going to give to me?'

I just cut and pasted this piece below from Herb London. Where I disagree with London is that I think that we had already lost our nation and it has had the cancer of liberalism for 70 years that began with the government intervention of Hoover/Roosevelt. It took 70 years to kill the patient, but now we have a nation of people that worship the golden calf in Washington and expect that this idol worshiping will somehow provide for them. Liberalism is a insidious disease and very destructive to people, communities and families. What we experienced this past November was just the death of the patient.
The results are in and my candidate lost the presidency. Since I love this country, I wish the newly named President Barack Obama every success. But this was an election unlike any other. I don't think the Republicans merely lost an election, I believe many of us lost a country.

This was a land that once rewarded hard work and enterprise. A place where one's word was his bond. America was the land of opportunity. If you can't do it here, you cannot do it anywhere. We were a people to be envied, not only because we had the highest standard living, but because we had the greatest degree of stability.

Americans were notoriously optimistic because we counted on tomorrow being better than yesterday. We were an open people dependent on fair play and a free market bounded by a standard of virtue. With all the blemishes in our past and breaches in our own ethics, we were a model of civic rectitude. "Dems that gives, gets;" those who wish to bilk the system will be discovered and isolated.

There was a time not so long ago when people did not depend on government to bail them out of financial difficulty, a time when the nanny state bred apprehension, not affection. Now, it seems, in the new America almost everyone wants a free ride. The non-tax payer wants a rebate from the taxpayer. The poor man wants everything the rich man has and he wants the rich man to give it to him.

Enemies of the nation, it turns out, are not enemies at all; we merely defined them as adversaries. Had we been clever in the past, we could have defined them out of existence. All we have to do is engage in "soft power," diplomacy and clever negotiating skill. Surely those who want to kill us will be persuaded that swords should be converted into plowshares. It's odd, but Osama bin Laden doesn't seem to embrace this position.

The America of now is one where Orwellian logic rules. Redistribution of wealth is fairness. Taxes are patriotic. The free market should be a regulated market. Big government is good for you. Politicians know what kind of health care is best for you. Choice should be limited, except when it comes to abortion. Power comes from being powerless. Progressive education is designed to promote progress toward socialism. Race doesn't count unless a person of color tells you it counts. Higher education gets lower each year. Those who create our problems should be asked to solve them. Religion should be a private matter that does not inform public morality. Liberal is radical. Free speech is selective speech. Courage is impetuousness.

Yes, Americans - many Americans - want change. The level of dissatisfaction runs deep. But the national cri de coeur hasn't a direction. That's what makes it so dangerous. Americans live better than at any moment in our collective history, notwithstanding the meltdown on Wall Street, yet despair is ubiquitous. Admittedly observing 401K accounts disappear as soap bubbles will make anyone angry. Nonetheless, it is a privilege to live in the land of the free, a privilege now regarded as an entitlement.

It was once wrong to use community groups such as ACORN to steal an election. It was once wrong to conceal one's past in order to invent an identity. It was once wrong to use the instrument of government finance to satisfy a constituency and then claim an unregulated market is what ails us. It was once wrong to lie in a campaign and still is except when the media panjandrums avert their gaze for the lies of a favored candidate.

Surely we face threats across the globe that cannot be easily forestalled. Arguably the most significant threat is from within in the form of an unregulated government, a government large, intrusive and seductive. This is the new American government that promises everything and demands very little from its citizens. "Shop until you drop" is the national anthem. After all, you don't have to fight if you don't want to and you don't have to sacrifice if that's too much for you. All you have to do is visit malls and keep opinions to yourself. Opinions are important since Truth Squads want to be sure you don't criticize the chosen candidate.

Where is my America, the place of fair play, individual rights, the rule of law and respect for private property? Was the past merely a dream from which I have awakened? Can that America of exceptionalism return? Can it find its way back into the public consciousness?

I have my doubts. Now the change agents scream "everything will be different." Alas, they are right. It appears as if everything will be different, most especially the end of an America I loved.
I think that the recently elected Messiah is the biggest phony to walk in-front of the American people and this will be evident to the American people shortly. I also was not too thrilled with the centrist John McCain but he was clearly more inline with my conservative views but far from what I desire. I think that American's worship of the golden calf in Washington will prove to be an incredible folly as almost everything that they expected and all of the handouts that they thought that they would be getting at the expense of some faceless other, will not be delivered.

I still believe in people and that deep down inside that people all around the planet know what is best for them. However, I do not foresee that people in the US will be able to get out of this entitlement mindset that has been the opiate that had kept people in line. Personally, I think that a civil war would do us some good. Sacrifice and difficult times is what brings out the best in the American people. And furthermore, violence, as it was explained to me by one of my neo-communist family members, is acceptable since people are scared. In this particular case, it was violence of liberals against conservatives that was justified but I think that the same would hold true the other way around. Why should I sit idly by while others seize the fruits of my labor for distribution to others? So, I am scared for the future of my children, so I will not hesitate to use violence to protect them and their future.

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