As the elections are drawing near (ALLELUIA!!!) and my stomach is getting more into knot everyday over what the results will be, I have spent the last weeks thinking a lot about a few things...
I have been reading a few things, listening to a lot of things and I am drawing my own conclusions...
What started the ball rolling was my friend Annie's comments on her facebook page.
Annie and I have been friends for over ten years. We were in the St-Jean Branch back when entered the young women. She was a Laurel and I totally admired her! Still do: she is an awesome person! Annie married a born and raised Utahn and they now live in Vermont where he is finally working as an MD. I love her but we have such different views!
Her comment was something like this: "I don't know why Americans are scared of Socialism, Canadians have it and it's GREAT!" She then went back and forth with friends about the pros and cons of socialism... One of the things she pointed out is that capitalism mostly brings greed and lets the little people to suffer. Her friend said capitalism is the only way to be truly free...
I have been thinking long and hard. I even went back to read the Constitution of the United States! I read it a few times and let it sink. Then I thought of the things I hold dear, and of my LOVE for this country I married into...
Here are some of my thoughts; do with it what you wish!
My only purpose is that you may gain something from it, that maybe you will feel the need to go back to the basic principles this great nation was founded upon and understand the way we should go.
Having been raised not only in Canada but in Quebec (which is even more socialist than the rest of Canada!) I never knew different until I married (extremely well!) and moved here. We were expecting of first child with no insurance... I was a little stressed. When Matthew was born, a lady visited me in the Hospital. She asked a few questions about our income. Then she said: " I am pretty sure you are income eligible for medicaid". I replied that although I was here legally, I was not eligible to receive Medicaid. She said my status didn't matter... I talked with Joseph. He said NO. It took me a while to understand that it was more than the selfish pride of providing for his family: it was a strong held belief that in America, YOU are responsible to provide. The government stays out of your personal matters.
We had 2 babies without insurance.
$14000 and five years later, we are no longer paying on them, but it took until Matthew was 6 and Zackary was 4...
I believe this nation was founded on principles of hard work, sacrifice and honor.
The declaration of independence says that we are all entitled to "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness".
I do not believe this mean we will all be rich.
I believe it means that we can strive for what is important to us.
Joseph and I are not what people would consider rich. But we are rich because of what we DO have. We have 3 handsome boys, we are striving to better our lives. I married someone who is willing to do what it takes so that our family will be provided for. At one time, he was working 3 jobs, another time 2 jobs going 48 hours almost without sleep... Didn't I tell you he is GREAT!
This is the life we chose. I stay home and take care of raising our children while he makes sure there is bread on our table.
I do not believe we will stay "materially poor" forever. Joseph graduates in less than 5 days with his Bachelor's!
We decided to SACRIFICE for two more years while he does his masters... That means we won't see him as much. Our lives are busy. Between kids, church callings, work and school...
Sacrifice: restrain from something now to have something better later.
What I believe the Founding Fathers meant for us to be is a moral people.
Not an entitled one...
Greed is reduced when we have a strong sense of Honor.
Honor is what makes you understand that pride is a vice.
Honor is what keeps your VALUES in check.
Honor is what we need to remember as a nation.
The Constitution was established to "establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity".
I would urge you to review the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and find out where you stand before you enter the voting booth.
Are your positions in line with the INSPIRED vision of the founding fathers?