It is the power of the free individual that has, can and will change the world. When men are free there is no limit to the greatness that can be achieved. In the past, this nation waged long and bloody wars to fight for this ideal. Our founding fathers, quite literally, laid it all on the line. It wasn’t simply their jobs that were at stake, it was their lives, families, fortunes, and sacred honor. They did this all in the name of liberty. Their dream was that one day their children, and all the generations of Americans to follow could freely pursue their inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. There is no greater earthly gift than individual liberty, and right now liberty is under attack as it has never been before.
This is the main reason that I find the current state of affairs in Washington D.C. and the state of our union so disturbing. The behemoth, that is our Federal Government, has grown so large and so intrusive that it nearly knows no bounds. There is almost no place left in our lives, public and private, into which the state does not intrude. A free people are capable of incalculable accomplishment, but when the government has made involvement into all aspects of our lives its business, the will and ability of the people to rise to the greatness of which they are capable is stifled. Through excessive regulation, complex legislation, and backbreaking bureaucracies our federal government is quickly becoming too burdensome for us to bear.
Why, in America today, does the highest percentage of citizens in modern history, believe that the American dream is slipping out of their reach? Why do people no longer believe in a better future? It is certainly not because our resources lack in abundance. It is also certainly not because our people are no longer capable of greatness. I argue, that the main reason is that we have a Federal Government that has grown too large. They (the state) are hell bent on convincing us that the only way for the individual citizen to cope with the inequities and challenges of our world, is for the state to step in and manage our lives for us.
Throughout history it has been proven time and time again, that an all-powerful centralized government is incapable of determining what’s best for us and of providing for us from cradle to grave. That “power corrupts and that absolute power corrupts absolutely”. The struggle against state control has cost more human life worldwide over the past century than all wars and natural disasters combined. Let there be no mistake, the rise of the Nanny State is the single greatest threat to our American way of life.
So I ask you, when you hear the President say during the State of The Union “I have done…” or “I will do…” or “If only Congress would act…” think about what that means. It means more government intrusion into and control over your life and your future. This ultimately prevents YOUR greatness and degrades the greatness of this nation.
The solution must begin with the shrinking of our government. Our public servants must once again strive to craft simple and moral laws that can be readily understood by all. They must ensure that when regulation is necessary they will regulate with minimal intrusion, maximum precision and absolute clarity. Finally, all elected government officials must uphold their oaths, taken upon entering public Office, and strictly abide by the Constitution of The United States. It is time for us to stand united and say America will not be a regulation nation. We must fight for a return to American exceptionalism. Let us once again believe in endless possibility and believe in the American Dream.
“It would seem as if the rulers of our time sought only to use men in order to make things great; I wish that they would try a little more to make great men; that they would set less value on the work and more upon the workman; that they would never forget that a nation cannot long remain strong when every man belonging to it is individually weak; and that no form or combination of social polity has yet been devised to make an energetic people out of a community of pusillanimous and enfeebled citizens.”