I re-read the Declaration of Independence today before I wrote this column. I paid particular attention to the part where the authors wrote that governments derive their powers from the consent of the governed. In light of recent events and court decisions I thought that would be especially apropos because if the governed do not consent, our government has no power.
I am ingesting and digesting the Court’s decisions. I am frankly both
surprised and disappointed with John Roberts. He, in my opinion,
basically re-wrote a law he was only supposed to judge. I am hearing all
the spin from both sides of the argument and it is deafening. But I am
not a seer. I cannot determine what the future holds any more than
anyone else. I can only offer my thoughts and opinions.
is fundamentally changing. From my early years to now one would have a
difficult time recognizing this country. It just is not the same place.
Whether the changes are for the better or the worse is for you to
decide. I have made my decision.
do not believe in the America of my youth the Federal Government would
have refused to enforce laws against illegal immigration. Now not only
are they refusing, they are also forbidding states from enforcing the
law. I do not believe the America of my youth would force any citizen to
buy any product for any reason and then penalize them if they refused.
The America of my youth would never attack an entire religion
representing millions of people both here and throughout the world by
requiring them to endorse and fund activities against their beliefs.
we now have in this country is a dysfunctional executive, legislative
and judicial government, and while these three branches of government
are independent from each other, they are not independent from us, the
has said that his first official act as President will be to grant
waivers to all fifty states which would essentially gut and eliminate
Obamacare. Several Governors have said in the past few days that they
would not put the new law into effect. That would have the same effect.
One thing is clear. Any law is only as good and effective as its
enforcement. Back in the sixties some hippies wore a t-shirt that said,
“What if they started a war and nobody came?” What now if they passed a
law and nobody obeyed it?
Court has basically said to the American people, if you don’t like the
laws your President and Congress passed, and over 60% of those polled
don’t, get rid of those who passed the law and start over. That appears
now to be the order of the day. Since the SCOTUS decision, Romney’s
campaign fund has been exploding with donations. We also need to change
am indeed saddened by the changes our country has been experiencing. I
regret the loss of individual responsibility. I detest the loss of our
basic freedoms. I absolutely hate the direction this country is headed.
Our values are being eroded.
is good news though. We have an election coming up, you know. So I
wonder, have you had enough yet? Are you better off today than you were
three years ago? Are you pleased with our headlong rush into socialism?
Is this rush the change you thought you were voting for in the last
election? Just wondering.
all are guaranteed equal opportunity. That is one of our basic rights.
However, we are not now nor have we ever been guaranteed equal outcome.
No amount of wealth redistribution is going to materially alter the
lives of some of our citizens. We succeed or fail based on our own
individual initiative, not on any government handout. How I long for the
America of my youth.
Ron Scarbro July 4, 2012
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