Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Fly like an Eagle

I must highlight this quote again.

"Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all." -Frederic Bastiat, ca. 1837

It seems like everytime someone disagrees my conservative position (which is pretty conservative), they assume that I don't care about the people around me, the poor and the sick, that conservatives are only greedy racists who look out for nothing but their own interests. I saw Cher saying something like this a few weeks ago. That is not a sample of the country, but what she said offended me. This couldn't be further from the truth.

The truth is that a conservative might want to do the exact same thing as a liberal, but they differ greatly on how social aid should be given, and who should give it. I am called by my God to give my tithe (10%) and offerings to the poor and needy. I take it as a personal responsibility to fulfill this command, not to demand money from those around me to do the same thing.

In "The 5000 Year Leap", one section describes how our founders modeled the government after an eagle with three heads. I want you to read the book and learn about all the components of the eagle and what it stands for, but the meaning of the wings were very profound to me. These are things which should be crammed into our heads as small children.

The "left wing" represented the portion of government which looked at the country and gauged what social concerns needed to be addressed to support the people and improve the country. The "right wing" represented the portion of government that was supposed to evaluate the ideas of the left wing and decide 1) if the government/people can afford it, and 2) does it interfere with the basic rights of the people (life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness). I have always wondered why people were classified as right or left winged, now I know. When the wings of the eagle are balanced, the country will soar higher and become greater than any other country in the world. If the wings become unbalanced, the country would turn and crash to the ground.

These words and ideas came straight from our founders hundreds of years ago, not me. They knew what problems governments have had in the past, and they found a way to overcome them through our constitution.

As I learn about what our government was intended to be, I see the eagle veering off course...changing into something else. Our government has TAKEN SIDES, pitting republican against democrat. Many of our politicians are far too concerned with their own power, hoping to show that they can guide a society in a better way than anyone before them. Our leaders are much to focused on pleasing each other, rather than in pleasing those who vote for them. Our media is failing to show the whole truth.

Political parties are of no concern to me. All of our leaders should at least work towards, and understand the limits and duties of government. From my view, Republicans and Democrats alike have been fighting to show that they are concerned more about thier social agendas that the left wing was intended to review. I don't see any right wing anywhere. Can we really afford this? What are the true costs? What basic rights are being violated?

Do we really understand the foundation of our country and the principles it was built upon? Are we rolling our eyes when people say that we must return to our founding principles, while at the same time not knowing what those principles are? Perhaps we are all just like teens with an attitude, who know better than our parents, because they didn't go through the same thing. Maybe we should listen to our [founding] father(s)?

If you missed my last post, go out and buy (and read) "The 5000 Year Leap".

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