American Thinker posted this great piece describing our current financial state in America to that of a drug addict. How proper it is to use such an analogy. The addict will do just about anything to feed his/her habit, and it has become clear that our government will do the same to continue their addictive spending sprees.
The dealer hooks the addict on their wares and the addict continues patronize the dealer, thereby enabling the pusher to continue to push his/her poison until one or the other or both end up dead.
Oh how I wish I could hasten the demise of these pushers, thereby enabling the addict a chance at getting clean. Come this November I certainly plan to do my part to rid DC of as many drug pushers as possible with the pulling of the lever on the polling machine. I hope to pull that lever and flush a great deal of human excrement right out of the White House. Let’s face it folks DC needs an enema.
But let us not forget, America needs detoxification. For too long we have allowed ourselves to become addicted to government largesse and our addictions have taken control of our senses.
For the past hundred years, America has been slowly moving away from the principles of its founding. The ideals of liberty, individual achievement, limited government, and the equality of opportunity have been slowly supplanted by calls for security, class warfare, excessive regulation, and the equality of outcome. The passage of stimulus acts, bailouts, government takeovers of two U.S. automakers, and the health care overhaul prove that our movement away from 1776 has accelerated.
Over the past hundred years, we have slowly allowed a monstrous system of dependence to develop until nearly every citizen relies upon government money, and thus is an addict. This has come about because the hard logic of the Founders has been replaced by the seductive ease of emotional arguments. All too often, the debate is over not if government should do something, but what it should do. This almost imperceptible shift in our national philosophy is a manifestation of our addiction.
While the citizen-addict is hooked on government largesse, the politician-addict is hooked on something far more sinister: power. Their drug is available in Washington, D.C. Just as a dealer will go to any length to continue selling his wares, politicians will stop at nothing to retain their power. These two groups of addicts are locked in mutual co-dependence, where the politician-addict seeking re-election buys off the citizen-addict with more spending. Then the citizen-addict, seeking yet another free lunch from Washington, reelects the politician-addict. The result is endless, ever-expanding government programs and our current fiscal nightmare.
This is why America is lost. Too many Americans are hooked for us to return to a sound economic footing via the normal political processes. Our efforts to moderate the most radical agendas — welfare reform, for example — serve only to delay the inevitable. In fact, many of those reforms are quietly undermined as the slow march towards collapse continues. We cannot alter our current trajectory; expansive government, greater entitlements, and ever-increasing taxes are our fate. Attempts by responsible citizens at reform will be only partially successful, not changing the fundamentals of our dilemma.
Detoxing America will cause social, political, and economic strife of a sort unimaginable, and yet it is a process we must endure. Hitting bottom is our only hope for a national rehabilitation. It is our only chance for a true reacquaintance with those principles that made this the greatest nation on earth: liberty, individual achievement, limited government, and the equality of opportunity. Read more at www.americanthinker.com
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