Just Let Me -- G -- Indoctrinate You!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

It's About One Good Thing

Dear America,

so Africa has lots of roads and bridges;

Cuba has a military;

even Egypt gets the Internet (just remember how that Arab Spring spread?);

for goodness sakes, the people of Iran posted crazy scary videos....on the Internet...when they were crying for help from the leader of the free world.

What, pray tell, is the difference?

What separates America from all of these places?  How did America create the environment to grow wealth for every living breathing soul with an ambition, to pursue their own happiness?

It's certainly not the infrastructure, provided by our government (paid for by us, the taxpayers).


Everything America has become we owe to Something far greater than government.

Our success was earned -- every penny of it -- through the vehicle of capitalism working within and around a free market by the grace of God, our Creator.

At the risk of repeating myself, of course, Mr. President, we are indebted to Something -- and it sure ain't the government.  

Whether one chooses to accept it as their truth, or not, everything that we are -- individually and collectively -- is built upon a foundation that truly believes in our heart of hearts "that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."

It's not a talking point.

These words have carried the power and the might to lift all people in this fine nation to aspire for making the greatest of achievements, experience the greatest of wealth, creating the greatest humanitarians and champions for democracy in the entire world.

Nowhere in the world comes anything close....which, not surprisingly, is why other people do anything and everything to get here.

Listening to Mike Slater again this morning, I am humbled by the realization of just how great the mistakes we have made as a people, all together.   Trying my best to paraphrase, as I only caught about ten minutes of a much longer conversation, the gist of it was this:

that we, the people, have allowed the government to usurp the moral responsibility of taking care of our own.  And  subsequently, we, as a people, have left to the government to do the work that in the 'olden days' made us better people; basically, what we have done to ourselves is  "OUTSOURCED" our moral duty to each other --  allowing for the unconscionable growth of entitlements and government dependency -- and thereby greatly adding to our debt we can no longer afford -- and all the while, chipping away at the personal connection, releasing the individual from any real or perceived moral mandate and obligation.

And this downturn doesn't stop there, for we have traveled so far away from our moral obligations -- to each other and ourselves -- that we no longer acknowledge, let alone respect, from where this stirring even comes.

We owe everything to our Creator -- whether it is our voice, our athleticism, our smarts, our aspirations, our character, our gifts, our talents...to our roads, bridges, airplanes, the Internet, and any and all other flights of fancy and feats of engineering.... to our founders, our system of government, our Declaration of Independence, our Constitution, our Rule of Law, our People of Character... our beautiful Republic -- all of it comes from our Creator.

Sure, Mr. President, we owe much of our success to the people and opportunities and roads  which touch our lives -- whether they be positive or negative; it all grows into our character contributing to the kind of person we ultimately become, illuminating the very thing that separates the wheat from the shaft, deeply rooting us into all the things worth remembering, keeping, respecting, and honoring as we build a business and create a life all in the pursuit of Happiness.

Good people create good business, a simple principle that withstands the test of time.

Good people creating good business, under God -- only allowing for the intrusion of a small, limited good government -- characterizes America's first intention, and all in all bringing it down to the only thing that really matters right about now.

 I have nothing more to say today.

Make it a Good Day, G

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