Saturday, October 11, 2008

The Proper Role of Government...

While we were in Mexico basking in the sun on the beach, our economy back home took a nose dive when the government reared its ugly head with a "plan" to save it. This bailout plan is alarming to me on so many levels. Just listening to the candidates speak on it is sickening to me. If you listen to either candidate you hear pandering, and begging for votes based on what the government can do for you. What the government can give you. If you listen to Obama especially, it's like listening to Robin Hood--taking from the rich to give to the poor, promising program after program where taxpayers foot the bill for those who don't pay anything. People being "required" to purchase healthcare for their family or employees, or face fines??? What happened to personal freedom? Will the government be coming into living rooms taking children from parents who don't purchase his healthcare program? Arresting small business owners who can't afford to purchase it for their employees? Think about the implications of those statements! Shouldn't I be able to CHOOSE what is best for my family--or my business? While I am in favor of helping my fellow man--and do so regularly by paying tithes and offerings to the church, this is NOT the place of government! By creating entitlement program after entitlement program--and having people hold their hands out for more and more--I fear we have strayed so far from the government that our founders created, that there will be no going back. We are straying dangerously close to a socialist or communist type of thinking in this country--where everyone should be equal, and personal freedoms are stripped away. This is the very opposite of the foundation that this country was built on. My mom had printed out a copy of President Ezra Taft Benson's essay, "The Proper Role of Government", and I was able to read it this weekend. I think if you haven't read this--you should! It was written in 1968--and you can see as you read it how much worse the situation is now then it was back then. You can see the wisdom of the founding fathers, and in the constitution--and how it IS being violated. It is prophesied that there will be a time when the constitution of this great nation will "hang by a thread"--and I think that that time is closer than we think--no matter which party is in office. You have corrupt politicians in BOTH parties that only care about getting elected again. People who spend whole careers pandering to voters and opinion polls. The problem is that "we the people" don't control the government--we have come to a point in this country where government is so huge--so out of control--that it controls us. And that is dangerous territory. Until people start to realize this--and start to demand change in Washington and oversight into the way that OUR money is spent--this will only get worse. Make this article required reading for the day! It's long...but so worth it.

2 comments:

Kathy P said...

Thanks for the link Tami... I too have been so worried about what is going on with our nation. It is really making me sick. It doesn't seem like anyone who is going to lead us is going to lead us the right direction.

My brother and I were discussing this. We were talking about the bailout, the Government buying the banks... and he asked me something that is just haunting... He asked, "did we just become a communist country"

While I think we are a ways off from that, I really fear for the nation. The Downfall of America is becoming an all too common phrase these days.

I don't like either canidate, but there is one that definately speaks the ways of socialism. It makes me sick.

I just want to gather my kids, move to the mountains and live off food storage... away from this. I pray that our country will recover.

Natalie said...

I was in my second grader's classroom two weeks ago. The teacher was asking what inventions could make the world better. One little girl made an alarming comment. It was laced with entitlement amongst other things. She must have been regurgitating something her parents had told her. We have a rising generation of socialists. Children are spoonfed the principles of an off base equality daily from the media and government leaders.

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