Imagine yourself an entrepreneur. You have a business and no one takes the time to balance the books, or even check the register to ensure sales match income. How long do you think that business would be capable of keeping it's doors open? I have just described to you the federal government and their method of operation for the last few years. No budget, no accountability, and spiraling in debt. In a word, bankrupt!
Our founding fathers were very wise men. They put in just enough regulation to keep everything on the up and up, as long as the original design was held in tact. But they also understood human nature, see if these next two predictions ring a bell...
"Sir, there are two passions that have a powerful influence in the affairs of men. These are ambition and avarice; the love of power and the love of money. Separately, each of these has great force in prompting men to action; but when united in view of the same object, they have in many minds the most violent effects. Place before the eyes of such men a post of honor, that shall be at the same time a place of profit, and they will move heaven and earth to obtain it."
"Sir, thought we may set out in the beginning with moderate salaries, we shall find that such will not be of long continuance. Reasons will never be wanting for proposed augmentations; and there will always be a party for giving more to the rulers, that the rulers may be able in return to give more to them. Hence, as all history informs us, there has been in every state and every kingdom a constant kind of warfare between the governing and the governed, the one striving to obtain more for it's support, and the other to pay less."
These were reminders from one of our founding fathers, Ben Franklin. He reminds us that power and money are cruel masters, and that the temptation of the elected to abuse the fiscal responsibility ceded them is overwhelming. Power and money corrupt! Never has this been more prevalent than in today's political arena.
America's politicians have exploited the taxpayers long enough, voting themselves salaries, retirement packages, and benefits far above what a wealthy taxpayer would consider reasonable for their position of employment. They've passed out entitlements beyond what any society can maintain in efforts to secure votes, then scoff in the face of taxpayers at the thought of budgetary restraints. They condone immoral behavior, contrary to the printed word of the Bible; the very instrument that the founding fathers used to base our country's foundation upon. All to pander to specific voting blocks in the effort to maintain power. This perversion of the definition of a civil right is exactly what Franklin fore warned us about when he said...
"Place before the eyes of such men a post of honor, that shall be at the same time a place of profit, and they will move heaven and earth to obtain it."
Alexis De Tocqueville toured our fledgling nation and had this observation...
>"There are certain populations in Europe whose unbelief is only equaled by their ignorance and debasement; while in America, one of the freest and most enlightened nations in the world, the people fulfill with fervor all the outward duties of religion."
Is De Tocqueville's description of Europe really where we want to be? Or is the second half of that sentence the real America? We can stand around and ask, what happened? Or we can restore the culture, find candidates that grasp the concept of leadership and morality and restore this great nation back to exceptionalism. The first step is to insure our thinking is on track. Take the free Mental Fitness Challenge @
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