America is in a bit of a bind. People do like to throw stones and accuse others of how and why we got here. It is important to know the mechanisms that led us to a crushing debt, unhappy populace, lack of faith in the political system, deteriorating values/morals, and an entire generation with a complete lack of respect for authority of any kind. These arguments will be helpful in ensuring that we do not repeat the mistakes of the past, but they are time intensive, and short on solutions…
Any of you that have read any of my previous blogs know that I am a staunch believer in small government solutions. I believe that they lead to a nation with more freedoms and success. I believe that the part of small government solutions that are the most unpalatable to the general public is that they require WE THE PEOPLE to do the work.
A friend of mine has always wisely said, “The less you have to do, the less you want to do.” Ever notice that once you sit down to take a little rest, it is much harder to get up to get the job done? Well, we have been sitting on the couch for a generation or two, and it is time to roll up our sleeves and get to work.
Small government solutions require that WE take care of ourselves, and our neighborhood. NOT the Government. We have to do the hard work of taking care of the poor around us. We have to provide for our own retirement if we even get one at all. You deserve ONLY what you work for. In any system you should strive to put more into it than you take from it. Many in America have it backwards. Many feel entitled to take more from the system than they put into it. I think that Social Security should go away. You think parents might give a little more thought into the values the put into their children if they have a reasonable chance of having to depend on them in their later years? Every person is entitled to what they had taken from them in the Social Security system. It is a Ponzi scheme, and guess what guys, we are the generation that lost. Oh well, time to invoke that American spirit, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and do the hard work that needs to be done.
2011-2012 are going to be tough times. America is going to have to come together and unite under the common goal of kick starting our economy. This is not a choice. The system is collapsing in on itself. As a people we need to regain our pride, look in the mirror and say, “I would rather flip burgers, or clean toilets than collect unemployment. I will not sit on the couch and rest. I will rely on myself, my family, my friends, and my neighbors before I will accept anything the government has to give me.”
For those of us who remain employed or who have some semblance of security, we have to be frugal not for ourselves, but so that we can be a beacon of hope to a friend or family member. We have to help them so they do not have to go to the government.
For our churches and community organizations, stand up and take back your place at the table. You have been lazy and let the government do YOUR job of providing for your community. We can see the storm on the horizon. Churches I urge you to go out and stockpile dry food goods. Buy 500 pounds of rice in sealed containers. Let’s play this out. Best case scenario, I am wrong, and you can donate this food to a local area food bank. You are doing the work of the church. Worst case scenario, hyperinflation hits and food prices go through the roof. You will not have the means to buy people food. If milk is 20 dollars a gallon you won’t be able to provide to anyone. If you buy 20 dollars worth of powdered milk now and store it you will be able to help that many more people. Consider it an investment for your members.
This is America. There is nothing we cannot do if we put our minds to it. We put a man on the moon in 8 years. We defeated the Nazi’s and Japan in WWII. It is time for us to put the world in awe of the power of American will. It is time to re-industrialize America. Time to make things again. It took 18 months to build the Empire state building, and 10 years later the World Trade Center is still a hole in the ground? That is not how Americans do things!
Inside each of us is a yearning to accomplish something. 2011-2012 are going to be hard, but Americans rise to adversity! This is our moment to DO something. These will be the days that we tell our grandchildren about as they look at us with wonder and amazement. Make our children proud of us. We must.