An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
Honestly, I question our willingness to back away from the government trough.
We have become a nation of people that no longer looks at a problem and determines a personal solution to implement, we have become a nation that looks at a problem and demands a governmental solution to intervene. Even as recently as 40 years ago, Jack Kennedy could tap into the original American Spirit and challenge us with the words, â€œAsk not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country!â€ The current leaders of the Party which produced a man who could utter such sentiment now stir our hearts with ringing questions like â€œWhere did I put Universal pre-K?â€
There is a way out. Thereâ€™s always a way out. But it wonâ€™t be easy and some will say itâ€™s impossible. Well, I imagine the folks that first suggested a trans-Atlantic trip were sneered at and laughed at, too. The brave souls that got in Conestoga wagons and headed West were surely misunderstood by most of their neighbors. Why would they leave the peace, safety and security of the established East where all the amenities of life were at hand? Why not just stay where society is developed and there are no cholera epidemics, no Indian predators, no rivers to drown in or snowstorms to freeze in or mountain ravines to fall in or prairies to starve on? Of course, had the few not ignored the loud pleas of the comfortable many and followed instead quiet whisper of the lone voice of Freedom we would not have the resources of the Mississippi, the fertility of the Great Plains, the beauty of the majesty of the Rockies and the wealth of the 49ers gold, among so many other things.
Is it possible for those of us who are sick of governmental interference to let go of the many benefits of that interference?