When I took my grateful walk this morning, the palms lining the driveway stood tall between me and the early morning sun. It was shady and cool. It was clear, and I could see the entitlement culture of the weeds. I have never had so many weeds among my flowers gracing my driveway. More and more of the weeds grow tall and impinge on the space of my flowers. They hurry to flower and spread their seeds; they seem to understand that my driveway has been lacking the attention that it needs. Yes. We have been busy doing other things; fruit needs to be picked and flowers need to be cut. Time and attention have not been given to the ever-growing entitlement culture of the weeds. My neglect has given the weeds time and space to spread and thrive. They grow tall and cast shadow on my flowers. The strength of their roots will make them difficult to deal with. They are established and now almost own the space. and the weeds are multiplying.
As I sat at the end of the driveway, I contemplated the state of my beloved republic, this great country, the place of my birth, the one-of-a-kind experiment in defining the rights and responsibilities of its people. Even the Mayflower Compact, a document written before the Pilgrims came ashore, was based on the rule of law, the consent of the governed, and Divine guidance. The documents that governed the various colonies and entities were based on insuring religious freedom and guaranteeing the rights of a self-governed people. But we haven’t been vigilant; we have been paying attention to other things. Distractions and distortions have filled our senses.
So it is, I fear, with our governing documents. The principles of our Constitution have been distorted. The establishment clause has been used promiscuously to remove our Christian heritage from our schools, our public places, and anywhere possible to rewrite history. The true history is no longer being told of the exceptionality of our republic, of the men who wrote our governing documents, of the role of the Black Regiment (clergy who fought), and of the men and women who were willing to risk all that they had fo procure and secure freedom.
Those who wish to transform our country would have us believe that the Constitution is an out-dated document, that it doesn’t fit the times. They would have us believe that our modern culture requires interpretation of this great timeless document to fit our current times. They want us to practice situational Constitutionality. Remember, it is this very document that guarantees our freedom. It is this document that established the government that created this republic–an exceptional nation like none other before or since. It created the flowers for our democratic living. It spells out the guiding principles for those flowers of freedoms to grow and flourish. And grow and flourish we did. We have become a strong, charitable, welcoming, successful, proud, and prosperous country. We have been the place where people want to come to be free.
Our people have been free to become all they were created to be–until lately. The weeds are taking root in our great nation. The weeds growing rapidly in our land are those of entitlement, of rights without responsibilities, of the “social justice” mask of equality rather than equality of opportunity, of greed and envy, of you make–I take, of distortion of our foundations, and assassination of our heroes.
We are entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We are not entitled to a home, a college education, two cars in our garage, two weeks vacation, multiple television sets, cell phones, computers, each new technology, or a plot of land. We should, however, be entitled to keep what we earn or what our families have earned. We have the opportunity in this free nation to earn, to achieve, to build, to develop our talents, to dream and reach for the stars.
Unfortunately, the weeds of entitlement have been growing. To gain political favor and power, many have been given many things, many perks, and been told they are entitled to these gifts. They have been convinced the entitlement is their right. They have been taught to look to their benefactors as their saviours. They have been brainwashed; they don’t even know they are being enslaved. They are numb to the yoke of their power-hungry, controlling masters.
Time to go gardening with vigor and purpose. Time to re-plant the flowers of self-reliance, personal responsibility, integrity, honesty, hard work, humility, sacrifice, trust, compassion, and personal ethics. Let’s feed our flowers with acknowledgment of Divine Guidance, concern for the next generation, truth about our history, national pride, a heralding of our exceptionality, a belief in our future, and fiscal discipline. Let us chart a course course for the future where all citizens can become all they were created to be. We need our garden of freedom free of its weeds.