Being dependent is being a slave to that on which one is addicted. Being independent means having the freedom to do what one wants without having to resort to an addiction. For example, when one is dependent on drugs for his existence, the individual has no freedom to be able to do as he wishes without those drugs. His dependency on the drugs prevents it. The dependency interferes with anything else the individual attempts to do.
When one is independent the individual does not have to worry about any such reliance as ingesting drugs to get through the day. The individual can decide to do whatever he chooses. He can pursue his happiness without interruption.
The real crisis in America today is not drugs, illegal immigration, health care, poverty, education, housing, or any of a number of other concerns. The real crisis in America today is dependency, the dependency that Americans have upon government officials to find a solution to every situation that arises. When something is wrong with education, Americans demand that government officials find a solution. When there is a problem with health care, Americans demand that government officials take care of it. When there is a problem with immigration, government officials are suppose to take care of that too. As a result, this dependency interrupts the freedom of the individual to pursue his happiness because of all of the resulting rules, regulations, and taxes that are created from this enslavement.
Every day in the news one can read, see, and/or hear the demands that are made upon government officials to find the solution to the problem at hand. Directly below a recent article in the Yuma Sun about the recent Tea Party Express rally promoting the reduction of government spending there was another article outlining a government expenditure to boost projects in Somerton.
If we the people truly want to reduce government spending thereby reducing the tax burden, we the people must stop asking government officials for more funds and stop accepting the existing funds being doled out.
Ask any reformed alcoholic or drug addict and they will tell you that before they could possibly find a cure for their dependency on alcohol or drugs they had to come to grips with the realty that they had a problem to begin with. Any and all help attempted by family and/or friends is useless unless the individual needing the help actually identified in his own mind and came face to face with the reality that he had a dependency problem, which is not all that easy to do.
We the people must come face to face with the reality of our dependency on government officials to do everything they do for us. Americans must come to grips with the fact that they are totally reliant upon government for their survival, no less so than the drug addict and alcoholic for their survival on their respective addictions.
The founders warned us of this dependency upon government. In the Declaration of Independence they told us that there is but one real function for the existence of government and that is to secure the rights of the individual, among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (emphasis added). As a result, through the Constitution of the United States the founders assigned very few responsibilities to government officials. The founders listed most of them in the first three articles.
The drug addict or alcoholic who will not come to grips with his dependency will never find a solution to his problem because the drug addict and alcoholic do not believe they have a problem. Likewise, Americans have not come to grips with the fact that they are totally dependent upon government officials to solve any situation. Therefore, like the drug addict and alcoholic Americans will not find a solution to their dependency problem they do not perceive exists.
Once Americans recognize and admit they have a problem of dependency on government, then and only then, can a real cure be developed. After all, the document is titled the Declaration of Independence, not the Declaration of Dependence.