Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Fiscal Cliff




Thoughts on today's election results:

We are truly a divided country, and we are divided over political ideology and worldview. There is no government that can be all things to all people; the United States is the most eclectic country in the world.

We as a country are doomed to failure when the government tries to sell itself by offering promises to the people. When a government becomes the genie who hands out treats and goodies to the masses, the masses become then a perpetual voting group for the party who can dole out the most freebies.

The farther down this slippery slope we travel the closer we get to accepting a government that will rule, not according to constitutional law, but by tyranny. The voice was loud and clear when our Founding Fathers warned that there is a price to liberty. The price of liberty is that we as a people hold our elected representatives’ to govern by the rule of law (our constitution).

As Benjamin Franklin observed at the founding of our country, "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." Our rights and personal freedoms are given up in exchange for the opiate of a government handout.

We are heading very fast toward the fiscal cliff, where the burden of supporting our spending will sink the whole ship. In the wisdom of Ludwig Von Mises, The idea that political freedom can be preserved in the absence of economic freedom, and vice versa, is an illusion.  Political freedom is the corollary of economic freedom." We must right, the ship and get our fiscal house in order.

The moral issues facing our nation will be for another post.

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