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A country of free stuff

November 19, 2012
The Daily News


My favorite uncle use to challenge me with, "Poor decisions limit future options. Good decisions expand future options."

A decision was made in an election - Decision 2012. But this was only one point in time.

Our culpability rests with our career politicians who have evaded making the tough decisions for over 20 years and more, and Nov. 6th was just another in a long line of choices and decisions.

"If only" we had selfless statesmen and selfless stateswomen to confront the problems and crisis facing our country, even just a few years ago - oh, we had so many more options back then.

Our country is irrevocably bankrupt and most don't know it. We put all of our hope and energy in one election, a "savior" to make it all better, a magic wand, an instant prescription to make the pain go away.

We look to politicians of both parties as our answer. Each is presenting a variation of their unique world view.

One party embraces more debt and spending while the other party embraces easing off regulation, paying off our debt and cut spending.

We have coddled career politicians who have piled the rubble, of decades of default, onto the path of the American Dream.

Living on credit, printing more money, and futile promises, all were made to further personal political careers.

We have exchanged our honorable heritage for a mess of political pottage.

There are no new chapters of profiles of courage written by career politicians.

We will not find them as authors of integrity.

The rhetorical veil of leadership only masks the hidden agenda of opportunism.

America now enters the hunker-down stage in the final phase of the erosion of our republic.

As the fall-out begins, we take in-coming rounds surrounded in a defensive position against an enemy we created.

An enemy caused by failure to hold ourselves and our politicians accountable to our basic core values and traditions that made America a shining light on the hill, a beacon of authentic hope and genuine opportunity.

We've leveraged our past by borrowing from the future. And, the future will no longer extend any more credit, except in the printing of depreciating paper dollars. It is pay-up time, by those who hold our debt.

As our former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen stated: "The single, biggest threat to our national security is our debt."

We, as a country, are no more and no less than old Uncle Eddie who has borrowed from every relative, has no respect, and now has no where to go. We are a shadow of our former self, a sunset, and fading on the horizon.

And our politicians continue to proclaim, "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain," only to reveal themselves as "tomorrow is another day" can-kickers - but the road is a dead end.

Yet we, in the persuasion of both political parties, continue to listen to the siren call of the politicians, "Elect me and I will slice the pie so everyone gets their fair share."

And as citizens, we facilitate the debate as to who will decide for us, the division of the remaining cans of water and chocolate bars on a life raft drifting in the middle of a shark infested ocean.

Reality has not sunk in.

America has been offered life rafts packed full of "meals-ready-to-eat" food stamps, first-aid boxes of health care rights, and a compass with a fixed needle that points to "vote for me, the best is yet to be."

Yes Virginia, there really is a Santa Claus, with plenty of old FEMA trailers, just around the corner - the new American dream of owning your own home, sans white picket fence.

Americans, we don't have an economic crisis; we have a crisis of values.

The economy is a symptom, not a cause. If we are ever going to rebuild after the turmoil of the tornado that is heading our way, we must look to ourselves.

We must restore within each of us those core values of our parents, grandparents, and our founding fathers.

To find our way out of the darkness and tragedy that will engulf us, we can look to the light on the hill.

And if we look closely, we can still see a small flicker. It is the torch of liberty to lead us out of darkness to a new sunrise in America.

Although I'm disappointed on the elections, I will accept the people's decision, but I will never accept the direction, that this administration is taking my country.

We are now a country of free stuff. Santa is here 365 days a year.

Fight the good fight.

Rich Moore

Iron Mountain



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