We have created a new kind of slavery in America. Gradually we have become a society where half of the people have become submissive to the government that was created to serve them, a government created to keep them free, not enslave them.
We have pursued public policy that gives money to farmers for not planting crops, to millions who remain unemployed, and to students who think grants are their right to higher education. Multiply these situation many times; subsidies abound in our government. Gifts and grants abound. Even a school employee who has been removed from the classroom for a variety of reasons, can remain on the payroll for years never working another day. Food stamps distribution has climbed precipitously; payments for disabilities have increased more rapidly than disabilities possibly could apart from a calamity or a disaster. College debt has become a national crises. Most college students think of loans and grants before they think of working while attending college.
Our country was founded and prospered on values of personal responsibility, hard work, ethical behavior, integrity, honesty, compassion, being able to keep what we earn, and Christian values. These are sadly missing in those who have joined the entitlement culture.
I have lived through many decades of this enticement mentality. I have watched it grow. I have seen the insidious results. I have seen generations willing to live in the slavery of government hand-outs. I have no problem with helping people who need help, who need a helping hand, or a hand up. But I have watched the demise of initiative, the diminishment of personal responsibility, the increased sense of entitlement, and the incessant pressure of political correctness to discuss any of it..
I am a mother, a grandmother, an aunt, a friend, a board member, a farmer, a student, a teacher, a veteran, and you name it. But I am first and foremost, a child of God and a citizen of theUnited States of America. No one can make a slave of me unless I allow them to do so. I cannot become a slave to the ideas of others as long as I have my own ideas and I can freely express them. I cannot be a slave to the dreams and wishes of others when I have my own dreams. I cannot become a slave to any entity or person because they control my purse string. I cannot become a slave to political correctness when I act on my right to free dialogue and a free exchange of ideas. I am free to speak my mind.
When we teach or help people to be satisfied with less than they can be, we are helping them to be slaves to mediocrity.
When we prevent people from doing their own thinking and we entice them to think as we think with promises and free things, we are helping them to be slaves. Why do you think slave owners prevented their slaves from reading? A republic requires a thinking, educated citizenry to survive and thrive.
When we model huge debt, political chicanery, fraud and waste at the federal and state levels of our government, we teach our people to become slaves to personal irresponsibility. When we practice class warfare, when we continue to preach from the bully pulpits of power that it’s OK to take from those who have earned and give it to those who choose not to work or be responsible, we create slaves to laziness, indolence, wasters of time, and an inability for people to become all they can become..
People who work to become all they were created to be, who live their own dreams, who read and have their worlds opened, who write and think their own thoughts, cannot be made into political slaves. But to remain free, they must resist the attempts of the slave-makers to silence them through intimidation, political correctness, and regulation and control. Yes, even lies. They must demand the freedoms guaranteed them under founding documents. They must not vote for those who promise them a rose garden, but who really are making them submissive, gradually confining them to a briar-patch-life of personal and political slavery.