Temerity of our government!

Temerity of our government!

Guest Commentary:

Published: Saturday, June 27, 2009 8:52 PM MDT

Don Severe

Forgive them for they know not what they do! How prophetic is that statement? Its origin was over 2,000 years ago but is as apt now as it was then.

This best describes what the American public is doing by allowing President Obama, the Congress of the USA and the Judicial System, including the ACLU, to systematically change our Nation from a free enterprise driven capitalistic economy to a government dependent society. We are changing from a democratic republic to a socialistic government. Those in our nation who long for more complete government control are leading the charge and they are succeeding.

The Roman Republic lasted nearly 500 years. In his book, “Are We Rome”, author Cullen Murphy draws many parallels between the USA and the Roman times. Are we Rome in the sense that our republic will fail and our status as a nation will become diminished in the world? No one knows for certain, but the signs are all around us.

One of the premier signs of an accomplished con man is to pick ones pocket while in full view. It can be done very easily by the Elmer Gantrys of the world who so eloquently mesmerize us with carefully crafted words and charm. And you, my fellow Americans, are having your pockets picked and many do not even realize it is happening.

The audacity of hope is not for you and me. It is for President Obama and his entourage who plan to control this nation under their terms. We are letting this happen while we quibble among ourselves over nonsensical issues and exchange criticism as to whether we are left or right…liberal or conservative.

Our attention has been diverted from the obvious happenings while our Nation is slipping into an abyss, from which we (our children and grandchildren) may not be able to extricate ourselves. If this happens, the good ole USA will be at the mercy of the rising powers such as China.

This can’t happen, you say. Well consider what is taking place with our branches of government. National healthcare is an emotionally charged issue, yet if one looks at the facts the realization is that we, as a Nation, cannot afford such a plan. At present Social Security and Medicare plans are underfunded by nearly $58 billion and our National Debt is over $11 trillion. (http://www.usdebtclock.org/) These current plans, established obligations, are on the verge of bankruptcy.

The figures and percentages of the population without health insurance are distorted. Much of the population listed as uninsured are temporary, or have chosen not to pay for insurance when it was offered, or are non-citizens and, in the case of low income Americans, are already offered medical treatment at facilities upon demand. The theory that a government controlled health plan will improve our care and reduce our costs is simply a myth. Check out the bureaucracy created for managing Social Security and Medicare. Currently it is the largest social welfare program in the U.S., if not the world, with over 62,000 employees. Efficient? You be the judge…it’s your tax money.

The so called cap and trade in theory sounds interesting because it seems to improve the environment, overall. However, some areas of the country will have increased pollution while other parts will have decreased pollution. The price tag is huge. Studies reviewed showed electricity prices jumping 5-15% by 2015, natural gas prices up 12-50% by 2015, and gasoline prices up 9-145% by 2015. As an illustration, gasoline would suffer a 16 cent price increase per gallon at the low end of the estimates to a $2.58 penalty at the high end (using the January 2009 reported retail price of $1.78 per gallon). (www.usnews.com Thursday, June 25, 2009)

Has the so-called stimulus package been effective? What did you do with your $250? Do you feel good about the government taking over the auto industry and financial institutions? Nationalized industry! What is next?

Do you feel that it is beneficial to give amnesty to 12 to 20 million illegal aliens and absorb them into our population, while others stand in line to follow the legal process? That hasn’t worked to well for the State of California. They have some of the highest taxes in the Nation and still are on the verge of bankruptcy.

The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is, seemingly, the most valuable right to our well being as citizens. With that right we are able to protect ourselves from government tyranny. Are you willing to give up that freedom? The President has clearly stated his desire to remove that right either overtly or covertly.

Is it a good idea to have the government be in complete control of our lives? There is one version of the golden rule that applies to all. Them that have the gold make the rules. The government has the “gold” and determines how much of your assets they are going to collect in the form of taxes. When all taxes are added together, that rate is well in excess of 50% of our income and in the case of estate taxes, a large portion of what we have accumulated through our lifetime, will be paid in taxes and will not be passed on to our heirs.

In the eight steps, historically, leading from the rise of cultural societies to their ultimate demise, the U.S. is arguably on step seven which is “apathy to dependence”.

Down through history it has been determined that the best way to control groups of people is by making them dependent upon the core organization. When the general population realizes that they can receive, what they perceive to be, free benefits paid for by some other class or group of people they will favor such. Government controlled healthcare, significant increases in taxes, substantial increase in the national debt, systematic removal of Constitutional rights and significant increases in big government leads to socialism. And, that is where we are headed.

If you believe in socialism for our Nation, you should be very happy. If you believe in capitalism and free enterprise, you should be very concerned. What will be our legacy to our grandchildren?

Don Severe is a native of Illinois, now living in Green Valley, AZ. He is a retired CEO of an insurance marketing company as well as a veteran USAF pilot. As an amateur historian and archaeologist, Don can be found exploring the Southern Arizona desert when not playing golf. He can be reached at [email protected] Border issues is offered to groups, by Don, as a video presentation of happenings along the US/Mexican border.

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