Ah, another political post. I must be on a roll! haha
The mid-term elections are coming up here in 9 short days. I have come to a deeper appreciation of the freedoms our founding father’s intended for us as well as the sacrifice they paid to bring these to fruition.
Our constitution was not scribbled out thoughtlessly but was debated long by intelligent men of character and integrity. And our republic is not a form of government that can be maintained by an amoral people. We have squandered what was so hard won by the great men who came before us.
Why are we electing ignorant, self aggrandizing, careless people to be our leaders? Why are we electing communists as our leaders? Are we so ignorant of the vast differences between communism and Americanism that we will so willingly squander our vote on any individual who is against that very document that allows us our freedoms?
Back in 1848 (the year Karl Marx published his Manifesto), Alexis de Tocqueville captured the essence of socialism in this short paragraph:
“Democracy extends the sphere of personal independence; socialism confines it. Democracy values each man at his highest; socialism makes of each man an agent, an instrument, a number. Democracy and socialism have but one thing in common—equality. But note well the difference. Democracy aims at equality in liberty. Socialism desires equality in constraint and in servitude.”
Who will you vote for on November 2nd? Elections have consequences.
And then there is the necessity for diligence on our part…
The Fatal Sequence – H.W. Prentis President of the Armstrong Cork Company 1943
“Paradoxically enough, the release of initiative and enterprise made possible by popular self-government ultimately generates disintegrating forces from within. Again and again after freedom has brought opportunity and some degree of plenty, the competent become selfish, luxury-loving and complacent, the incompetent and the unfortunate grow envious and covetous, and all three groups turn aside from the hard road of freedom to worship the Golden Calf of economic security. The historical cycle seems to be:
From bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to apathy; from apathy to dependency; and from dependency back to bondage once more.
At the stage between apathy and dependency, men always turn in fear to economic and political panaceas. New conditions, it is claimed, require new remedies. Under such circumstances, the competent citizen is certainly not a fool if he insists upon using the compass of history when forced to sail uncharted seas. Usually so-called new remedies are not new at all. Compulsory planned economy, for example, was tried by the Chinese some three milleniums ago, and by the Romans in the early centuries of the Christian era. It was applied in Germany, Italy and Russia long before the present war broke out. Yet it is being seriously advocated today as a solution of our economic problems in the United States. Its proponents confidently assert that government can successfully plan and control all major business activity in the nation, and still not interfere with our political freedom and our hard-won civil and religious liberties. The lessons of history all point in exactly the reverse direction.”
– Henning W. Prentis, Industrial Management in a Republic, p. 22