Thursday, February 19, 2009

Trail of thoughts...

I have been pondering a lot these last few days about the state of our nation, the economy, socialism, capitalism...

Of course, my reading has had a great deal to do with the sparking of those thoughts.

I am currently reading: "Great American speeches" by Gregory Suriano

Here are a few of my thoughts...

1. This Nation was founded on principles of morality, virtue and respect for the Almighty.

As I read more of the works and speeches of the founding fathers,
I have come to realize that they were not only believers,
but that they acted upon their knowledge.
They acknowledged the Hand of God in their lives, decisions and trials.
They spoke over and over of the necessity of remaining a good moral people.


2. There are hard times ahead...
I don't mean to scare you all!
I somewhat pride myself in having a good "gut".
I attribute it all to Heavenly guidance.
I am thankful for it.
Last summer when I started to put the pieces together about the declining economy,
the changes in attitudes and the "entitlement" era we seem to be into,
I was scared out of my pants.
Literally.
My stomach would be in an incredible knot.
I was totally stressed.
Somehow, I don't feel scared anymore.
Call it resignation...
Something bad is coming.
Samuel Adams said that every generation has to fight for their freedom.
I think we are getting to the point where that fight will take place openly.
I feel disgruntled.
I feel like our leaders are out of touch.
I KNOW I am not the only one to feel like that.
I do NOT know what is coming, I just know something is.


3. Preparation is a good thing.
When Joseph was laid off last December,
we weren't as prepared as we could have been.
I usually don't get caught twice...
I am lucky to belong to a church that preaches self-reliance.
I can continue to apply those principles in my life and know I will be prepared.
I am now in a situation that requires me to be prepared.
Should a state of Emergency be declared, I am on my own.
My husband stays at work.
I cannot fail my kids by not being prepared.
Preparation is not only physical.
I know where I stand.
I know what I believe.
I know my values.
I know my priorities.
I know what is important to me.
I believe I also need to be prepared to take a Stand for what I believe should I need to.


4. Socialism, Capitalism...
Socialism:
1: any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods
2 a: a system of society or group living in which there is no private property
b: a system or condition of society in which the means of production
are owned and controlled by the state
3: a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done
Capitalism:
an economic system characterized by private
or corporate ownership of capital goods,
by investments that are determined by private decision,
and by prices, production, and the distribution of goods
that are determined mainly by competition in a free market
I don't believe in socialism.
I don't believe in a big government.
I don't believe in a powerful government.
I believe the power lies with the people.
I believe socialism is an infringement on liberty.
I also believe that capitalism is the best system.
Capitalism must also be guided by self-control,
strong moral values and individuals.


5. Union jumble...
Growing up I was always told unions were to protect the little guy
from the big bad corporate boss.
I do not feel that way about unions anymore.
I believe that if the only interest of the Unions was to protect
the worker from abuses and mistreatment;
unions would be okay.
But as unions have evolved,
they have become more of a lobbying force,
a force that will not back down in order to save their job,
but that will keep asking for more
even if they have milked the cow dry...
Take the UAW...
They are running the automakers to the ground.
Bailout or not,
GM, Chrysler and Ford will fail.
It is only a question of time.
No way they can maintain this much cost
when nothing is coming in...


6. Accountability
I am not sure when accountability became unimportant.
I don't let my 7,5 or 2 1/2 yr old get away with much.
How should it be different with grown-ups who KNOW better.
Accountability needs to make a comeback soon and quick.
When was it Okay to have our government run by a bunch of tax cheats.
Do you really think the IRS on your door would believe you when you say:
"Sorry sir, honest mistake! I didn't think I had to declare that!"
Yeah, me neither!


I could seriously go on and on, but I am afraid I have already bored you to long with my ramblings...
I can't say it enough: it is time to return to the good old fashioned values and common sense our grand parents had!

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