We’ve changed our minds about independence
The Way I See It
by DON WEST
I hope that you enjoyed your Independence Day celebrations with family, friends, fun and food.
I also hope it is not the last time you can celebrate your freedom from the restraints of an oppressive government. We’re sorry, Mr. Adams, for having changed our minds about independence. We once thought it was a good idea; however, our apathy has overtaken our love of country and obligations to stand for that which you and the Continental Congress established.
You said, “We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” We used to respect life, but there is a segment of society in today’s version of America who will kill each other over a dime bag of drugs, $10 or whatever cash someone may have on their person when they are mugged. They kill each other when they can’t resolve marital differences, friendly relationships or family quarrels and use the flimsy mistake that “they wasn’t giving me no respect.” We used to have respect for life; however, our president, Congress and the Supreme Court – hereafter referred to as “The Gang” – have decided that “death squads” will decide who will warrant medical procedures and who will be denied because they have passed a certain age factor.
We once had the choice of whether or not to buy a product, but “The Gang” has decided that we must purchase health insurance and to be certain that medical costs will increase, they have also levied huge taxes on large insurance companies that will, no doubt, trickle down to the consumer. Let me re-phrase that, it will come down on the consumer like a Colorado wildfire.
Sorry about that “liberty,” Mr. Adams, apparently “The Gang” has ruled against you again. Oh, Mr. Adams, did I mention anything about the “life” of the unborn – that they have a right to life, as well? Not according to “The Gang” – they will force contraception, abortions and planned parenthood upon everyone, including religious organizations and their hospitals and clinics.
How about that “pursuit of happiness” thing? Well, that is still somewhat in place, but one sure has to jump through a lot of hoops to pursue it. For example, if you want to paint your house, you have to have a permit; if you want to build a shed on your property, you need a permit; if you want to grow your grass 10 feet tall, you can only do it if you are certain people, while the rest of the community has to maintain their property neatly, lest the “grass police” swarm onto your property and then send you the bill for maintenance. That’s the thing about “The Gang” rule – it doesn’t seem to apply to everyone equally. Oh well, there goes that part about being equal. After birth, only the politically connected get to pick and choose which parts of the law apply to whom. Did I mention the fact that if I want to have a parade to honor the heroes of this nation, I will need a permit for that, also?
While in my pursuit of happiness, I can go on vacation, but I can’t get the taxpayers to pay for lavish accommodations and trips for all of my “homies,” but then I’m not politically connected. As a matter of fact, I must be disconnected completely. I continuously complain about the way “The Gang” is ruining my homeland – my country that Mr. Adams and the Continental Congress deemed to be the land of opportunity – but what I see and hear is “The Gang” continuing to do the same things while expecting different results. How’s that hope and change thing working out for you? Are you better off than you were three years ago? Sorry, Mr. Adams, the outlook for 2012 and the foreseeable future doesn’t look too good, either. Hey, thanks for the good thoughts. Sorry we didn’t pay attention.
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