Get real. Our wallets and purses rule the day. Financial freedom often defines our ability to support movements, charities, churches, and political parties. Not to mention it fulfills our insatiable taste for the crack that is materialism—houses, cars, iPhones, flat screens, and powdered doughnuts (related to crack).
Though money seems only a piece to life, it’s how we chase our individual interests and values. When government closes in and cheapens our financial flexibility, it works to destroy other liberties. It makes us instruments of those in power and removes their accountability. Bottom line: our political and religious freedoms are shallow when government controls our means to act.
Our Founders knew this. Through penning, signing, and delivering the Declaration of Independence, they might as well have said: “We’re traitors. Bring it, King George.” And in the last sentence—ahead of their John Hancocks—they pledged to demand Independence with their Lives, Fortunes, and Sacred Honor.
They were “all in”, and their fortunes came second only to their lives. Following the war and 25,000 American deaths, a tablet on a Virginia plantation reminds us “Seventeen signers lost everything they owned.” Their fortunes were instruments for Independence. All in they were, but the question is, are we?
Remember four years ago—the hype and hope? How about those dreams to blaze your frontier? Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, put it this way:
Every new college graduate thought they’d have a good job by now, a place of their own, and that they could start paying back some of their loans and build for the future. … This was the hope and change America voted for. It’s what Americans deserved.
Sound about right? Break down the theme. A job, if you have one, generates money. A house costs money. Loans and building for the future—you guessed it—cost money. Alex, I’ll take “Money, Money, Money” for $26,000 (average student loan debt per individual).
Trust me. We’ve been economically gutted—entrails and everything. Our opportunity to buy, own, and sell property is gone. Government loans, albeit inflated, have put home-buying at bay. Rent we will for a long time. At least we can hope for some change in a returned security deposit.
As for healthcare, its take-over by the President and Congress cuts deeper. Now more expensive, current and future employers will offer fewer benefits. Better find coverage quick though, unless you’re willing to fork over a $750 penalty to the IRS for being uninsured.
Worse, if you find solace in government health insurance, there will be federal panel of doctors deciding on the kinds of tests, medicines, and supplies you’ll get. Break down that theme. Control, perhaps? Examples are numerous, but remember our government’s primary purpose: to protect our individual rights and freedoms.
Economically, the ability to buy, sell, and trade stuff is to be free and voluntary. Command over the same is absolutely unwelcome. Because government can’t control everything, an attempt to is inefficient and miserable. Not to mention it leaves our wallets empty.
See, our Founders’ Lives, Fortunes, and Sacred Honor were the ammunition for Independence. Our fortunes are the ammunition to pursue goals and support private efforts to preserve values. When “leaders” bankrupt the ammunition, they bankrupt freedom.
As Hitler pelted Great Britain in World War II, Prime Minister Winston Churchill said to America: “Give us the tools and we will finish the job.” Though our tools, ammunition and morale, are lacking, we will end the spiral.
At the 2012 Republican National Convention, Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) said: “Standing strong for freedom will make the next century as great an American century as the last one.” Push the chips to the center. We’re going all in.
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