Having 12 Cabinet members, dividing up the affairs of the Nation isn’t enough, for President Barack Obama. Now, in preparation for his second term, President Obama has stated that he’d like to establish a “Secretary of Business.” thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/economy/264587-obama-calls-for-a-secretary-of-business
All I see here is the potential for Socialism; Government picking winners and losers, regulations sky high, the poor staying poor and the rich, (well, those that stay around) getting richer. It sounds so much like a horrible re-play of “Atlas Shrugged.” And the possibility of it becoming reality is just less than 6 days away!
Ayn Rand expressed her vision of America as “the greatest, the noblest and, in its original founding principles, the only moral country in the history of the world.” A day ago President Obama gave his opinion of Ayn Rand saying “She missed what was best of America.” Really? Before we decipher his answer, allow me to review some history. www.forbes.com/sites/objectivist/2012/10/28/president-obama-duels-with-ayn-rand-over-what-makes-america-great/
Alexis de Tocqueville wrote in his Democracy in America: “Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.” According to Founding Father James Wilson: “Some philosophers maintain…that the rules of morality are founded on the nature of things.” While “others allege, that every rule whatever of human actions carries with it a moral necessity of conforming to it; and consequently produces a sort of obligation.”
So which is it? Is America’s greatness and longevity based on obligation or on a foundation of faith?
Has our education of where we came from so diminished our understanding of who our ancestors were and their struggles for freedom to nothing more than obligation to maintain tradition? I lean toward the observation that not only has our education taught us to maintain tradition but to slowly, bit by bit, tear our traditions apart.
George Whitfield went from church to church proclaiming why we should stand up to the British: Freedom, Liberty, and the ability to practice our faith! Now we are ashamed to speak of such things in our churches, fearing to offend, or worse: have the tax exemption taken away! Shame has set in, driven by tolerance. If we work hard,we are greedy and too ambitious for our own good. If we talk of traditional marriage and family, we are accused of being hateful to those who choose same sex marriage. Being religious is extreme and stifling, while being open minded is freedom. Everything that was once good is now called evil, and everything that was once evil is now good. A whole new world, right?!
Which brings us back to what Barack Obama said about what has made America great: “That view of life – as one in which we’re all connected, as opposed to all isolated and looking out only for ourselves – that’s a view that has made America great and allowed us to stitch together a sense of national identity out of all these different immigrant groups who have come here in waves throughout our history.” www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/obama-and-the-road-ahead-the-rolling-stone-interview-20121025?print=true
America isn’t great because we work together, America is great because of individuals standing alone pursuing, fighting, and working for a dream of a better society! America is great because those individuals knew exactly where they came from! They knew exactly where they wanted to be! And they knew exactly who to ask for help! First you have to dream, then you have to hope. Next comes faith, followed by work! And at the end you have knowledge! The Founding Fathers had a dream of a free society in which they could be free to worship, speak without fear, keep and build upon what they worked for. Dr. Martin Luther King marched in the streets proclaiming that he was a son of God, a man, who only should be judged on character! Ronald Reagan, once a Hollywood actor, defied advice and told Gorbachev to “Tear down” the Berlin Wall! Single individuals that have changed the world!
Three and a half years ago, America elected a man that broke the mold of what former Presidents looked like. America didn’t know much about his character, history or vision of America, but they saw a chance to prove to the world that we had evolved. This individual had a different vision and dream for America. The key ingredient missing in this man’s education: individual achievement. What had he built on his own? From what we have learned about Mr. Obama, he has not had a job of creating a business. We also know now that he didn’t grow up as American boys due, witnessing American parades, playing cowboys and Indians, care free of the burdens of 3rd world countries. I imagine as a boy, he didn’t hear of American folk stories of Paul Bunyan or Pecos Bill, or the classic story of Johnny Appleseed; One man planting apple trees, praising Heaven, while planting trees for those that would follow to have food. A great true story is of Walt Disney creating a mouse on a train and have him become the most recognizable, happiest figure in the world. President Obama doesn’t understand how an individual in America can build a dream on his or her own, become successful and decide for themselves on best to distribute their wealth. Individual worth is what drives America!
America is great, because she is good! She is good because of individuals who believe in family, Country and God! We are a moral country that take pride in individual achievement, respect of individual rights; free speech, free to practice religion, free to pursue our own happiness. And if Obama wins this election and creates the Secretary of Business position, he will have completed in destroying the America we have always been!