Posted by: Debby Durkee | July 4, 2011

Happy Dependence Day.

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Happy Dependence Day.

A society dependent on government is not a free society. So, if we wish to maintain our freedom, the country needs to realize that we are fast losing our spirit of independence. The more people on welfare, the more people collecting unemployment insurance (and for longer periods of time) only tend to strangle the independent spirit and feed a sloth and dependency that is the death of freedom. On our country’s celebration of Independence Day, we should reflect on our founders’ vision of freedom – independence from the shackles of a monarchy or dictatorship, and the freedom to pursue prosperity and property and happiness as free men and women. This is from Robert Knight at The Washington Times.

Independence Day marks the founding of a nation uniquely based on liberty, limited government and rights derived from our Creator. During this July 4th weekend, Americans rightly celebrate American exceptionalism and our hard-won freedom from European dominance. That’s why President Obama’s promise to “fundamentally transform America” into a country of Dependence Day and European-style socialism won’t be fulfilled.

Mr. Obama’s vision of relegating free citizens to serf status under an all-powerful government is un-American at its core. He has sold this dangerous doctrine via prolific lies, distortions and class envy. But socialist economics always fails because it violates human nature. Obamanomics is no exception.

… a prolonged recession, high unemployment, staggering debt and an incoherent foreign policy. His own party in the Senate has not even produced a budget vote for more than two years. The $1 trillion stimulus has failed, and Mr. Obama wants to increase taxes to expand government even more.

Surveys show that people are not buying it, and Mr. Obama’s response has been to try to distract from this sorry record by deploying socialism’s pet, the green dragon of envy.  Snip —

“If we do not have revenues, that means there are a bunch of kids out there who do not have college scholarships. [It] might compromise the National Weather Service. It means we might not be funding critical medical research. It means food inspection might be compromised. I’ve said to Republican leaders, ‘You go talk to your constituents and ask them, “Are you willing to compromise your kids’ safety so some corporate jet owner can get a tax break?” ‘ “

Mr. Obama smacked around corporate-jet owners three more times in a performance that would have made Hugo Chavez or Fidel Castro envious…

As if taxing corporate jet owners can fix a $14 trillion national debt.

…abetted by a media that’s a megaphone for Mr. Obama’s Marxist economics, this kind of socialist tripe plays well among left-wing-dominated unions and people dependent on working people’s dollars seized by our confiscatory tax system.

The whole socialist scheme envisioned by Mr. Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Charles E. Schumer is immoral. It is not only un-American, but it violates America’s Judeo-Christian heritage. This is not just a polite disagreement. And let’s dispense with the notion that the president is above criticism. This is America, not Europe. Excessive deference to a chief executive is a leftover from the monarchy and has no place in a nation whose Constitution begins with “We the People.”

Socialism is an elaborate socioeconomic structure that arises out of envy: It’s not fair that you have more than I do. I want it (or at least some of it) and you must give it or I’ll take it from you – at the point of a gun. If the government wields the gun, then I’m not morally culpable.  Snip –

America’s great hope is that enough people see the financial and moral abyss and will not follow Mr. Obama’s green flag of envy over the cliff. Hungary unveiled a Ronald Reagan statue this week in Budapest’s Freedom Square. It would be shameful to allow the current occupant of the White House to keep marching us toward the kind of government we defeated when the Berlin Wall fell in 1989.

Mr. Knight goes on to remind us of our responsibilities as American citizens to defend our liberties and those of our children and their children. If not us, who? This is our time. Our parents and grandparents defended our liberties during World War II. We didn’t know it, but we’ve been in the process of losing that same war bit by bit right here in our own country ever since. From the socialistic tendencies of FDR’s New Deal to LBJ’s Great Society, from Social Security to TARP and bailouts of the auto companies, from welfare for those able to work to two-years of unemployment insurance that assures those who’ve lost their jobs that there’s no need to look for work, we keep expanding the government’s reach into the pockets of those who work to give to those who don’t. It’s time to turn this ship of state around because it’s headed straight for the iceberg, and we can see it because other countries have hit the same iceberg and have never fully recovered. Let’s make sure our children can celebrate Independence Day and put dependence day in the rear view. Please read it all here:


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