You know...I'd say the reason for the following post left me speechless, but I'd be lying.
I came across the following link on Facebook not 10 mins ago as I start to write this. Really?
In it is a short piece about how the government was trying to be more helpful in getting more people on government assistance programs. How they were lamenting that basically...there weren't enough people accessing the system because *gasp* they turned to their Families for help instead?! Shocking! Unamerican!. Okay...not really. It's the way it's always been done in America. Self Reliance, Self Respect, Personal Responsibility. Meaning you debase yourself for no one. You go to your family and ASK for some temporary help if you need it. Or Hell, you stay with the family long term so long as you're pulling your weight and not being a drag and a drain. It's part of being a family. Part of being a human being. Part of being a responsible citizen. You do NOT make yourself a burden to your fellow citizens and EXPECT them to pay the freight for your fuck ups. You do anything you can do be an honest, honorable individual so as not to become a leech. Sucking the lifeblood out of people who work hard enough already. Whose burdens may be as great or even greater than yours.
Self Reliance. Self Respect. Personal Responsibility. Honor and integrity. Other words like them I can set down in this piece but wont, you should know them already. See at one time they were the very fabric, the beating heart of this great nation, it's people and it's government. Back then they understood that it was the individuals RESPONSIBILITY to bear the consequences of his own actions. If he fell on hard times through no fault of his own...his fellow citizens, his family, could help them out if they so choose. It was called back then "christian charity" among other things. It wasn't expected of the government; that it would take up the burden of taking care of this down trodden person. Hell the government wouldn't countenance such a thing. It was anathema to everything our founding fathers; and the citizens of this nation at the time, and for a long time there after.
That spirit...that founding forge fire of principles and beliefs has, I think in the deeps of the night, sputtered out. Then I think to myself."No if that were true there wouldn't be so many people flat out enraged over what has been done to this great nation". What has been allowed to transpire, the rot, the festering puss filled boil, that others have created of our government. That rot? Part of it anyway, The Entitlement Mentality. Too many people have been taught...by those who would wield power over them, that the world owes them a living. They've been told they're entitled to this or that. News flash...your not entitled to anything, except for what you've earned. I know...it's an ugly truth, but don't you feel better for hearing it? No? *shrug* Oh well, life is a bitch and then you die.
It's time to restore that fire to people...even if we have to kick em square in the ass to do it. Government, was not, is not, and will not EVER be the damn answer.
Government is the other part of the ingredient of the rot. As I've harped upon before...government positions were not meant to be life long careers. When I say this I speak of our politicians. There's at least 2-3 seats in congress that have been held my by the same Family "Political Dynasties"for the last 50-80 years. Well 1-2 since that useless piece of shit Kennedy died. Political office was never supposed to be a CAREER, it was supposed to be "citizen statesmen" You got elected..did your term of service and then went back to your life. Now we have people who come in paupers and leave millionaires and make a 6 figure a year salary. This is NOT what our founding fathers intended. It's supposed to be a government "of the people, BY the people, FOR the people". Now we have Career Politicians. I suspect if our founding fathers were brought forward in time they'd puke their guts out to see what their predecessors, and "we the peope" who put the predecessors there over decades, have done to this nation. Then they'd get hopping mad. It pisses me off just to talk about our government.
Remember TANSTAAFL and..
I now return you to your regularly scheduled inanity and insanity.