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Are we teaching our children about America?
“Are we doing a good enough job of teaching our children what America is and what she represents in the long history of the world?” Ronald Reagan in his “Farewell Address” from the Oval Office on January 11, 1989.
Over the number of decades that I have been allowed to roam this country, I have watched as our citizens have become more dependent on the government.
We now have the push for socialism to replace what we have enjoyed as a government for the past 232 years. Our system of checks and balances has served the citizens of the United States very well. But, people apparently are looking toward the government to guide and fund their life style. Where did this idea come from, the only place that I can think of is from our education system, especially our liberal universities?
This feeling for change is something that did not happen in the last few years. It’s been building for a hundred years. As far back as Theodore Roosevelt, the government put in place rules and regulations and started the line of government handouts. Franklin Roosevelt had the “New Deal” and Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society.” Now don’t get me wrong, I am not against helping those in need, but I would like to see more programs that help those in need to help themselves.
I have watched as government’s great idea to help its citizens, has only produced more citizens that need help. What went wrong?
I had to search the Internet to find the Bible verse about poor people. In Deuteronomy, Chapter 15 verse 11 states: “For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.”
Maybe we should get more involved in our schools and just find out what is happening, both locally and in schools of high education.
“To educate a person in the mind but not in morals is to educate a menace to society,” Lyndon Johnson.
How many times over those years have I heard people question what the local schools are teaching? Do students know about Declaration of Independence or the Constitution, or do they know what the Bill of Rights is?
I can remember my father, who was city clerk in Glenwood City for a number of years, telling the story that the city council turned down federal funds for a project in the community, because they did not want the federal government interfering with local affairs or the regulations that they brought.
I watched a small part of the 20 Democrat candidates over the two-night debate last week. Most blamed President Trump for what they perceive as something wrong with this country, but they did not offer any program that might make things better.
The government takes away our hard earned money and then gives a small portion back to use and we feel great about getting government money and the politicians take the credit for returning a few cents on the dollar that was taken away.
I would like to entertain you with three “Patriotic Quotes” from President Ronald Reagan:
“Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
“Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.
“The nine most terrifying words in the English language are….I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”
Thanks for reading! ~Carlton