By LARRY JONES
I suppose there are those who would characterize me as just another angry old man, living in the past and no longer having a voice in today’s society.
This might be correct to some extent, but Instead of angry, I would suggest using the term “depressed.” I’ve seen it written that depression is nothing more than anger without enthusiasm. At my age, I hardly have the energy, or enthusiasm, to take a nap, much less get angry.
Why am I depressed? Is it because “my man” lost the election in November? This is not the case, although I do view this election as being a symptom of the malaise afflicting our nation. The man “we” elected does not seem to share the vision of our Founding Fathers. Personal values of our populace seem to keep shifting farther and farther from the Judeo Christian principles upon which our nation was founded. Gone is much of the work ethic of our forefathers. Personal accountability, fiscal responsibility, and hard work have been corrupted by faulty and failed government intervention and manipulation of our lives. Despite these repeatedly failed policies and programs, the bureaucracy continues to expand and become an even-greater controlling influence on our lives.
Government is the largest industry in the nation, yet, it produces absolutely nothing. How can a nation sustain an entity that takes resources from one portion and reallocates them to another while keeping a considerable portion to sustain its own needs? To me, this resembles a cancerous growth that has metastasized throughout the entire body and will most assuredly kill the host.
In addition, a large part of our culture has become analogous to a parent-child relationship, with the government playing the role of the overly indulgent parent providing the spoiled brats with every need and desire. When the childish demands become excessively expensive, and despite lack of funds, the doting parent merely whips out the old credit card and makes everyone happy. At the end of the month, a minimum payment is made and the outstanding balance continues to climb into the trillions.
How do we stop this insanity? The things we must do to resolve the problem are painfully clear – reduce spending and increase revenue in order to pay off the debt. Although the things we must do are obvious, the path to follow gets very treacherous. How do you remove or place in remission a malignancy of the size and scope of the federal government without killing the nation? Obviously, citizens of the “Nanny State” must be slowly weaned off the dole. Yet, I cannot see this happening under current circumstances because voters have learned they can vote their way to prosperity. As I have mentioned before, this scenario is reminiscent of two coyotes and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.
Without doubt, our nation cannot continue to pander to an ever-increasing welfare populace on borrowed money. As long as we pursue the idiotic economic policies of the past and are unwilling to address the problem, we are assured of going over the proverbial fiscal cliff. If our fate is to be “cliff jumpers,” then rebuilding our nation from total economic collapse may be the only way an entitlement-minded populace can accept fiscal responsibility and save America.
Larry M. Jones is a retired Navy commander and aviator who raises cattle and hay in the Brock/Lazy Bend part of Parker County. Comments may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.