I find myself extraordinarily frustrated with the way things are going in our government right now.
I’m sure you do as well.
I think we do all and that’s the problem.
So from my heart to yours, one human being to another I’d like to tell you what I think as a person, a parent, and a citizen of United States.
I won’t mention one word about Pres. Obama, Pres. Bush, or any other politician or the D’s or the R’s. I want to foster some understanding without rhetoric or finger pointing.
First and foremost, I believe that all men have the freedom to worship the creator that they believe in without any restriction from the government of any kind. Though I do define myself as a Christian, I understand that that is MY faith and my belief system. Neither I nor any other Christians have any right at all to enforce that belief system on any person in the United States who is unwilling to accept it. I do not believe we are a Christian nation, and though some of our laws were borrowed from Judeo-Christian philosophy I know too that some of our laws were borrowed from Hammurabi’s code as well as Masonic teachings and many other places. Our laws like our citizenry are a melting pot and they are better for it. Don’t take my word for it. Thomas Jefferson backs me up on that point. I’ll defer to him.
I believe that all men and or women have the right to spend their lives with whomever they choose. If they choose to call it marriage or civil union or whatever else, that is their business and not mine. They should enjoy the same rights and benefits that my family and I do without restriction. To say otherwise is foolish and discriminatory.
I don’t believe you can legislate morality or out law things just because you or your group don’t personally like them.
I believe that discriminating against people because of their race, creed, color, gender or sexual orientation is wrong. But likewise giving those same people additional benefits for any of the above reasons is also wrong. “Equal rights” means equal rights, not special extra rights.
I believe that the government and society are two different things and have two separate roles in the world. I do not think that it is the government’s job to take care of me or my family. I also don’t believe it’s the government’s job to make it harder for me to take care or my family. As a human being, I know that it is my responsibility to help take care of my neighbors and my community. As a citizen I don’t believe its right for the government to mandate that I give money to them so that they may give it to others on my behalf. I can handle that myself just fine.
I don’t expect the government to provide me with food, clothing or shelter. That said, I think that having some safeguards in place to provide those things for people who need them in emergencies is okay; but the government can’t be expected to provide for people long term. And what we have done is we’ve become a nation that is providing food clothing and shelter for almost anyone who asks for indefinite periods of time. That way lies madness. We are not enabling people to survive on their own.
I don’t believe we should needlessly allow people to die because they can’t afford health care. But I also don’t believe that the government should be in charge of the healthcare system. I believe that reforms need to be made within the medical system to address the real issue: the cost. People are working hard to change who pays for the healthcare but no one is addressing the fundamental problem: Why does it cost so much? What is going on to make things so pricey and what can we do to change that? I want real answers to those questions before I am willing to entertain other discussions with regard to healthcare.
I believe we are a nation of immigrants and it is what has made this country strong and beautiful and wonderful. That said, there is a right way and a wrong way to do everything. If you come to my house for a party and you hang out for little while you have to leave when the party is over. You can’t just stay in my home indefinitely. Not without my permission anyway. We have many people who have come here for a party and then have never left. As a human being I can understand why they might want to escape deplorable conditions in other countries for the grandeur of United States. And while in my heart of hearts I wish that we could open the floodgates and allow everyone to stay, as a citizen I know that that is impractical and impossible. We just can’t afford it. As a father, I have to take care of my children before I take care of other people’s children. It’s common sense; it’s the way the world works. Likewise as a nation, we have to take care of our citizens first. As long as there are American children in the streets begging for food unfortunately we can’t do too much about the children in other countries begging for food and we certainly can’t allow all of them to move here with no restrictions. With all my heart I wish that we could. But to say that we can is foolish. I realize it’s a tough decision that needs to be made in that regard, but that’s why we need strong leaders. Ones that can make tough decisions like that. Bottom line: If you want to come live here,knock on the door and ask. If we can we’ll let you stay after you agree to a few basic rules. If you are unable to do that, then you can’t stay here and if you sneak in, you won’t be welcome anymore. That’s just the way it is.
And you can speak whatever language you want. I wish I could learn more than one language. I’d love to. If I lived in France, you can bet your ass I’d learn some French. But the government has no role in mandating what language you speak. That said, you may have a tough time if you speak no English in some places because we can’t possibly put signs up in 30000 languages to suit everyone that walks into the MVA. No expects you to assimilate. But you should try to adapt. It’s not a law, just a good idea.
I believe in working hard and also working smart. If you work hard and you get ahead, God Bless you. I don’t think you should be punished for being successful by being taxed at a higher tax rate than some one who hasn’t been as fortunate. To punish some one for busting their ass to get ahead is antithetical to our way of life.
If you’re a trust fund baby, or a rich kid or your grandma invented Rolaids and you personally didn’t make you own money – well good for you. I hope to be able to provide my kids with enough that they don’t have to work as hard as I do. While I envy you, I don’t begrudge you what’s yours. If you didn’t steal it, the government doesn’t have the right to punish you for having it.
Flat tax is the only way to go. No deductions, no nonsense. 30% end of discussion. You make 10k? 30%. You make a million? 30%. No manipulating the laws to give tax breaks to this group or that. 30%. The end. Even I could handle that math. Fire the IRS except for about 4 guys to haul all the copies of our overly complex tax code to the dump. 30%. It works.
If you went to college and got a bank loan so you could go do and majored in something stupid and now can’t get a job, that’s your fault. You have no right to ask the Government to force the bank into forgiving your loan.
If you own a business and it’s not doing well, the government should NOT bail you out. That’s not the deal. Whether it’s a family run store or Bank of America, AIG and Chevy, everything has a beginning, middle and end. Woolworth was once the biggest store in the USA. It’s gone. I used to have 500 cassette tapes. NOTHING is too big to fail. When things fail, the government needs to let them fail. We can’t pay for everything. Things have to be allowed to come and go even GM.
I don’t believe we are the world police. We have a habit of injecting the stars and stripes into every conflict on the planet. If there are two guys from different countries fighting over a kangaroo, well by God there’s a U.S. tank. There are fires in our own back yard that need tending before we go cowboy-stomping around the globe.
Lastly, I believe our forefathers would be ashamed of what we have become: a fat, idle nation that doesn’t make things. We celebrate stupidity and scorn intelligence. We punish success. We squander power. We put politics before people. We fight over inconsequential things. In short we have betrayed their legacy.
Those are the things I believe. What do you believe? No finger-pointing. No “Us vs. Them”. What do you believe on a real fundamental level? Let’s start there and see what we all share, and then we can get down to the specifics and differences of opinion in a healthy and productive manner.
It’s my hope anyway and I believe we can.