The Times They…Don’t Really Change
I was rumaging through some old files yesterday when I found this copy of a paper I wrote when I was 13 years old. It's not exactly a prize winner, but wow. I forsaw the future in 1992!
Democracy. Rule by the people.
Democracy. The form of government that has allowed the United States of America to flourish over its two hundred year period of existence.
Democracy. Millions of people have perished while defending its name against foreign powers that threaten its prosperity.
Democracy. With it, people must have freedom.
The founders of our country wisely limited the role of government. They understood the fact that a people would remain free only if individuals were responsible for their own futures. But the people of that era were of a different breed. They were morally, ethically, and psychologically stronger. They were adults.
We seem to have turned into a nation of whiners who see the federal government as the answer to all of our problems. That way, all we have to do is curl up into the fetal position and suck our thumbs while the government takes care of our every need.
I find it strange how certain government officials are getting elected by telling us how bad things are and that the only way we will solve these problems is by allowing the government to take care of us. In effect they are saying we're lazy.
We need to start reasserting ourselves as a free people and reject these easy answers. While it might seem good now, in the long run we will end up asking each other "when did we end up in a communist economy?" It happens a little at a time, but it will happen.
The government is not our Daddy. Every time something goes wrong, we can't blame the government and expect them to fix our problem. Get on with your lives!
"What bad could come from the government fixing our problems" you ask? Lets use an example.
One thousand people work at a factory which goes bankrupt. Should the government keep it open to keep the people working? You government lovers say "yes" because the people need to support themselves and their families. I say no. Reason being this. The factory went bankrupt because people didn't buy their product. Nine times out of ten, people didn't buy the product because there was no need or want of it anymore. Lets say the factory made 8 track tapes. If the government kept open this company, they would be losing money on unsold tapes. To gain back that money, the government would have to force people to buy them. If that happened, the compact disk wouldn't have been invented...there would have been no need. This would have hindered the development of CD ROMs for computers. We would fall behind in world technology. If the government kept open every company that has gone bankrupt in the 20th century, we would be about the same now as life was in 1901.
All this because 1000 people had to keep their jobs manufacturing 8 tracks. If they did get laid off, they could get new jobs working in the companies with the better product. It's a continuing cycle based on competition. It allows us to develop new technology and live a happy, free life.
Look at the ex-soviet union. Look how poor they are. They are a living example of the frailties in a government controlled economy. I find it rather ironic how they are now crying "freedom" and "democracy" while we are crying "government" and "daddy".
Communism. Rule by a centralized government party.
Communism. The form of government that has brought countries to its knees. Communism. A form of government hat has made poor and sad countries.
Can we not lean from others mistakes?
Communism. With it, people must be controlled.