We all were raised thinking that government should be based on the idea that all people are equal. This government does not share that view. It believes that some people are entitled to take from others that which they did not earn. It believes that people are inherently unequal and that government exists to use force and confiscation to create a subjugation based equality.
We were taught that if you use government money to subsidize an industry, that is basically a bad thing but perhaps a necessary evil to save jobs. This government believes that using government money to subsidize or outright buy industries is a great thing. Further, they subsidized or bought industries and then ordered those industries to close down facilities and lay off workers. This government forced the people to fund the destruction of their own jobs.
We believed that reducing the number of people who are dependent on government assistance is a good thing. Even the last Democrat Party President (Bill Clinton) worked to reduce dependence on government. This government believes the exact opposite. It has already added hundreds of thousands of people onto public health care that had and could easily afford private coverage. It has pushed for the laying off of thousands of workers in the auto industry and placed them on government assistance. It is working hard to make dependents of every single citizen by designing a bill that would force them to either take a government run health program or pay steep penalties for failing to do so.
We all can recall the cries against unilateralism and the need to build international coalitions. Well this government just shifted from the five nation coalition talks dealing with North Korea to just the United States dealing with North Korea.
We were certain that free speech and expression were the foundation of a just society. This government has targeted those who speak against big government, for personal responsibility, for lowering the deficit, against government take-over of health care. This government labels such free speech and expression as potential domestic terrorism.
We understood that our military existed to protect the country, its interests and its citizens and that its veterans should be honored. This government believes that the military veterans are instead threats to its power and control. They are watch-listed as potential domestic terrorists.
We thought that the people elected to represent us should act in accordance with our wishes. This government believes that the people are a bunch of crazy idiots whose only moment of rational intelligence was the couple of minutes they spent in the voting booth electing them; that the rest of the time government needs to do what it wants regardless of what the people want because they’re too stupid to know what’s best for them.
Unfortunately, like Charlton Heston’s character in “Planet of the Apes” we will find that this is not some alternate universe or distant planet to which we were transported. This is our reality. We are responsible for our own destruction.
Yet there is hope. People may not yet be screaming “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore” out of their windows, but they are shouting at town hall meetings across the country. Civility is eroding as passions rise and people feel desperation with a government that does not listen. This government better start to pay attention before it truly wakens the sleeping giant that is the American people. They tend to wake up angry.