I grew up living in trailers and not having much. My mom was a single mother raising five kids, working at a factory. She was on food stamps for a while, and even as a kid, I had too much pride to be around this. I know she felt bad, but at the supermarket, if she pulled out food stamps, I would walk away until she was walking out of the store. She was the type of person the welfare system was designed for. She used food stamps until she got back on her feet, then got off them. However, I have a sister who thinks it's cool that the state will pay her utility bills for her. I have told her how worthless she is, and what a drain on society she is, yet she still does it. My sister is a welfare whore, one of those who should die quickly so as not to be a drain anymore. I hope she gets her head out of her ass and matures, but why should she when she now has a teat in Washington to provide even more for her? This is not how America was founded. America was founded as a group of people who worked together and pulled themselves up by their bootstraps to carve a living out of the land. And now we have people like my sister. We have gone the wrong direction, and I don't know how to get back without drastic measures. As is my standard when discussing potentially "subversive" topics, I DO NOT ADVOCATE THE VIOLENT OVERTHROW OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT OR THE ASSASSINATION OF PUBLIC OFFICIALS. How else can we get back to where we should be, or at least move in that direction? The Republicans and Democrats are both to blame for the erosion of our rights. Political party doesn't matter. These people are corrupt. People who gain power do whatever they can to keep it. And how do you keep power? Take it from the people. And the people are allowing it. Forget phone calls, email, and letters. Go face-to-face with your elected representatives. If they don't hold true to what they promise, don't accept any excuses about how they had to compromise. Vote their asses out. I don't want to see an armed revolt in this nation, and I hope to god that the democratic process works the way it should. But I don't want to imagine my son living in a police state because I failed to do everything possible to preserve his freedoms.
"I have always been a soldier. I have known no other life. The calling of arms, I have followed from boyhood. I have never sought another." From The Virtues of War, by Steven Pressfield.
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