By WILLIAM J. KELLY
Today, in 2013, it appears that a large percentage of our adult population of men and women under the age of 18 do not want to accept personal responsibility for their lives. Too many adults look to the federal government to provide everything they need to survive. The under 18s are a mixed group. Some are brilliant, but seem to lack common sense in their behavioral life. Others place the blame for their actions against society, their parents, teachers or whomever they choose. Others occupy all their time on social networks and computer games. What do you think about this?
Here is what Abraham Lincoln thought about this type of situation 150 years ago. Evidently this is not a new phenomenon among us.
• You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
• You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
• You cannot bring abbot prosperity by discouraging thrift.
• You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage earner down.
• You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
• You cannot build character and courage by taking away peoples initiative and independence.
• You cannot help people permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.
What do you think?
Employees overseas protection
In an article by Jonathan Landay in the July 28 Fort Worth Star-Telegram, ex-CIA undercover agent Sabrina De Sousa has come forth accusing the U.S. government of not protecting the overseas employees properly
De Sousa’s quote: “It’s always the minions of the federal government who are thrown under the bus by officials who constantly violate international law and who are immune from prosecution. Their lives are fine. They are making millions of dollars sitting on corporate boards.”
I could add to that the exhorbitant amount of money they get for making speeches. I believe all government employees should get 100 percent protection while serving in foreign countries. We do not need another Benghazi tragedy!
What do you think ?
White House tours
The cancellation of the White House tours, which only cost the American taxpayers $2 million a year, is a perfect example of the pettiness of liberal politicians. Our citizens, especially our student citizens, should have the opportunity extended to them to tour the White House in Washington, D.C. I know we all want government expenditures reduced, but not on this item. I also understand the fact that the presidency is a time consuming and a very stressful seven-day-a-week job, and time off is necessary.
In my opinion, the amount of money a president can spend on vacations should be limited, and it should only be used in the USA. We should also confine the vacation to the immediate family, which would be defined as the president, his wife, children, parents and siblings. The expense of friends and more distant relatives accompanying the president should not be borne by the taxpayers, but by the president or other people involved.
Transportation and security would be an additional cost. Separate vacations by the wife and children of the president should be paid for out of the family income just as it is in all other American families. The savings on vacation expense alone would amount to many, many millions, and these savings would more than pay for the White House tours with money left over to help reduce the budget.
What do you think?
Occasionally, there comes a time when the drawers you have been loading with stuff that you cannot live without or should have been discarded long ago require a cleaning. I was doing that this past week and discarded a big black plastic bag of stuff. Among the things in one drawer I did find was a card which I had saved and have no idea of its source. The words on the card provided me with the perfect ending for this article. Here they are:
“If you make up your mind that you’re bound to be nobody, that’s just what you’ll be. But if you really want to amount to something, you can. It’s your choice. There are just two things you need — God! And gumption!”
What do you think?
William J. Kelly is a Weatherford resident and regular contributor to Viewpoints.