Wednesday, April 24, 2013
A Nation Undone
We are a nation seeking liberty. But not the liberty that you would think. Although we will tell you that we are freedom loving, ruggedly independent, hard working, pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps kind of folks, nothing could be further from the truth. We are a nation of mere peasants, offering obeisance to the king in exchange for scraps from his table.
Oh, we seek liberty, but not the liberty to be free from the constraints of tyranny. We seek the liberty to collect regular welfare payments, state provided health care and housing assistance. We scream foul about not being part of the "1%" while refusing to rouse ourselves from in front of the television long enough to hold down a job. We bellyache and complain about government spending and frivolous excess, while we mortgage our souls for new cars and designer handbags.
It is easy to look at our leaders and blame the mess that is our nation on them. But they are nothing more than a microcosm of "we the people". We are an undisciplined, self-indulgent generation who demands to have it's cake and eat it, too. We hold our government to a standard that we do not expect of ourselves.
This cannot be. The only way to right a nation is to right its people. The responsibility for this nation is yours. And it's mine. If we intend to become slaves, we are well on our way. When we give up the liberty of maintaining our own employment or paying our own debt and instead rely on the "king" to provide for us, we have moved from the realm of freeman to the realm of slave. When we accept "benefits" and "assistance" from the state, we give the state authority over our person. And that authority comes with too high a price.
We ought to be a nation seeking liberty. But we need to be seeking the liberty to make our own way, make our own mistakes and work through our own consequences. If we expect our leaders to guide this country with wisdom and discipline then we need to live our lives with wisdom and discipline. And then, perhaps, we can begin to heal a Nation Undone.