Wow..it has been a long time since my last blog. I am going to try and play catch up. Not all in this one post though. That would be a very LONG post. :) Instead, I am going to do a series of short posts about the big events in the last month. I will start with Christmas Eve and move through the next month. I have really missed blogging. When I was in California I wasn’t able to get on the Internet and I was surprised at how lost I felt. Jason is wearing off on me more than I realized. :) But I don’t mind. My catch up posts are more for my own personal history than anything else. Since I have started blogging I have cut back on my journal entries. Well, to be totally honest, it has been about 2 years since my last journal entry, but blogging is so much easier and this way I have pictures with events. It is slightly more difficult to do that with journals and I don’t scrapbook. I am not creative enough.
Anyway, I just wanted to take a moment and talk about the inauguration that happened on Tuesday because it is a very important part of the history of our country. It is really fun to be a part of history! Although, I am hoping this particular chapter turns out to be happier than I am predicting. It is no secret that President Obama and I do not agree on very many issues. In fact, I can’t think of any off hand. But what makes our country great is the fact that the people can and have spoken and voted in the man they thought would do the best job leading us. Granted, he didn’t win by very much, but he still won. I thought this quote by Thomas Jefferson was very interesting. “A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine. “ If we elect the right people, the other 49 percent won’t have to worry about losing their rights because the leaders will do everything in their power to protect all 100% of the people with honesty, integrity, virtue, personal morals and courage to stand against the onslaught of manipulations and deceits that seem to accompany any office in politics.
As a citizen of the United States of America, it is my duty and obligation to freely and willfully support President Obama in his office. I support him as president and I like him as a person, but I have to say that I do not support the changes he is planning on making. President Obama has been in office 2 days and we are already feeling the moral effect of his executive orders. He has show hypocritical tendencies by first criticizing Bush on the amount money spent on his inauguration, and then spent 3 times as much on his own. He has put a hold on the salaries of the white house staff for no reason I can come up with other than to pay for his own expensive tastes. The democrats have made a fairly big deal about going green but none of them seemed to have a problem taking private jets to the inauguration. There were over 600 private jets at the airport on Tuesday. And to top it all off, Obama has already made a devastating executive order lifting the ban on federal funding for abortions.
I love our country because we are free to succeed and fail based on our own choices and abilities and ambitions. We all have a right to reach for the American dream, but that does not mean we will all achieve it. We have the right to pursue happiness, that does not mean we will all achieve it and it certainly doesn’t mean the government needs to give it to us. How would we learn and grow if we allowed ourselves to be spoon fed through out our lives? I love our country because it is merely run by the government, not controlled by the government. The fundamental role of the government is to maintain our security and basic public order. Bailing out the economy, getting involved in religions ceremonies and governing schools is not part of our basic security or keeping of the peace. I feel that the government is sticking its head into areas that are none of its business. If we allow it to proceed in this direction, I really worry that we are digging our own grave. John Adams said “Democracy… while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.” This could be us, if we allow ourselves to become complacent. We need to study the issues and keep the government in check.
Many of the policies Obama wants to implement, will put more control in the governments hands and take the ability away from the people to be free to make their own choices, for good or ill. During his inaugural speech Obama said “The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works…” and although this is a very good question, it pushes aside the fact that a larger government will not make it work better. In fact a larger government may seem to fix in the short term a few of our countries problems, in the long run it will lead to more control and loss of personal freedoms. Obama wants to take us to Socialism and that is not in any form of the idea what our founding fathers wanted for our country. Thomas Jefferson was very wise when he said “Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.” We are free to be free. We should not let laziness and rocks in the road to fortune allow us to settle down and accept what others give us without question. We need to be very careful that a handout on the roadside from the government will not grab hold and enslave us in the future to living only by the Governments good grace.
I have been very surprised this past year at the strength of my feelings about the government. As far as I can recollect, I have never been so passionate about anything in my life. Just thinking about it gets my blood boiling. I know that I have offended more than one person of late, and I apologize for that. After pondering about why I am feeling so strongly about this, I came to the conclusion that I have been ignorant, and the time for ignorance has long since past. I want to raise my children to know their rights and to speak their minds in the hope that they may lead their peers and fellow citizens in making good choices. Knowledge is power and I have failed to make myself knowledgeable about the important factors concerning our country these days. As I said earlier, one of the beautiful things about our country is that it is and should be run by the people. We elect people that we feel will make the decisions that most closely relate to how we feel and the morals, standards and virtues that we uphold. When we sit back and decide to let the government make our choices for us, or choose not to vote or get involved because we think our voice won’t make difference, then we are condemning ourselves to be lead by people who don’t care for our opinion and who will make choices not for the good of the country and people, but for the good of themselves. ( I am not necessarily saying this is the way with our current administration.) We, the people, are the safety net for our country. It is great and it is up to us to keep it that way. Not the government. “Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.” ~Thomas Jefferson
I would love to trust the government, but I don’t. So far, in two days the Obama administration has proved that some of my fears were not vain. I feel that the lift on the ban of federal spending for abortions is just the first of many dominos to fall. I strongly urge everyone out there to inform themselves of the facts of all the issues and let their voices be heard. I am not judging anyone. I am well aware that there are a large amount of people out there that don’t agree with me on many of these issues. That is okay with me. I just wanted my personal position to be clear. I do not take for granted my position as a citizen of this country and I will do everything in my power to exercise all of my rights so that I won’t lose them. Though my efforts may be small, maybe I will be the snowflake that starts the avalanche. It is not only our duty, but our RIGHT to make sure the Governement is working for us, the people. We own the governement, not the other way around.