This is where the “Tea Party” comes in. Not the “right wing, religious, socially conservative” perception of the Tea Party, but rather a group of Republicans, Democrats and Independents who recognize that the federal government has become the financial equivalent of the 1,000 plus pound person you see on TV once in a while, who has become so fat they cannot even stand, couldn’t fit out the door even if they could stand, and are reliant on relatives to bring them their grotesque number of daily calories. The IRS are the dutiful servants bringing our tax dollars into the halls of Washington, feeding an insatiable pig that has gotten so obese, so intoxicated with power from having seemingly endless funds and zero accountability that they believe it is their God-given right to live above the laws they pass for the rest of us and mock the Constitution that they were sworn to uphold.
The rule of law has already been sidestepped on many relevant areas (e.g. lobbyists, government spending, illegal immigration, congressional insider trading, etc.). Children being born in this decade receive a welcoming present of over one hundred thousand dollars of debt, plus the ongoing and ever-increasing expenses of the day to day operation of the government. These children will have never known a country that was once free and prosperous.
The majority of the middle class in the United States still doesn’t perceive what the future looks like, because no one has ever told them in a manner that they can relate to. The post “Great Depression” generations are in denial and choosing to believe that the current situation is simply an extended downturn in the normal business cycle and therefore are not taking the extreme action to alter the course or prepare for the worse. Many of those who did grow up through the Great Depression are shaking their heads, knowing that they worked hard and saved passionately to provide their children and grandchildren a better life, only to see it squandered. Like Iraq and other countries that we’ve “liberated” that don’t seem to appreciate the incredible gift of freedom that we spent billions of dollars and thousands of our soldiers’ lives to attain, the baby-boomers, Generation’s X, Y and beyond received a gift that most of them don’t respect and certainly didn’t bother to read the owner’s manual on. You can be given a Mercedes or a Lexus, but if you don’t change the oil the engine will seize and the car will be virtually worthless, except as scrap. Likewise, after World War II the United States enjoyed unprecedented freedom and prosperity. However, the oil that kept it running was hard work, wise decisions and creativity. The “owner’s manual” is our founding documents, most notably the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Patriotism, until the 1960’s, was widely accepted as a virtue, as compared to today’s “progressive” thinkers that rightly believe that all people on earth have intrinsically the same value, but wrongly believe that everyone has an equal right to the American dream without having to go through the rigors of establishing a representative republic and its accompanying responsibilities. While business has become global for most industries, we need to understand that it is still a competition – complete with winners and losers – and that to enjoy the freedom and benefits that define our country we need to be the winner.