Contrary to Barack Obama’s statement in accepting the Democratic nomination for President of the United States, America’s promise is not for government to be compassionate enough to take care of its American citizens by providing health care, education, retirement, and jobs. Government officials, in their capacity as such, cannot be compassionate because they cannot provide any of the foregoing without the use of force.
As individuals giving of their own assets of their own free will, they can be as compassionate as they desire, but as government officials it is impossible. The reason is that they only have one method to obtain the assets necessary to give to others and that is through taxation, the forceful extraction of assets from one to give to another. Very few elected officials make mention that they would be willing to voluntarily give of their own assets. They only discuss the use of government funds to help others. The method of helping others as Mr. Obama suggests is called socialism, which totally contradicts the real promise of America.
The real promise of America is that every individual, no matter religious upbringing, ethnicity, or gender, has the inalienable right to pursue his or her definition of happiness free from any government interference so long as each individual respects the right of others to do the same. Only in an environment of individual liberty and freedom can the individual and his family pursue their dreams as they define them. Government officials do not have the ability to know what those dreams are and therefore have not the capacity to fulfill them nor do they have the capacity, even if they could, to fulfill them peacefully.
As Mr. Obama stated in his speech, America is at a defining moment in history where she is at war, her economy is in turmoil, more Americans are out of work, and more are working harder for less. The challenges Americans face are monumental, but not impossible to overcome. The absolute necessary ingredient, though, to achieve success and overcome all of these and many more obstacles is to make sure all Americans possess the freedom to try and overcome them.
In order for freedom and individual liberty to reign, government officials must be kept from meddling in the lives of the citizenry. This is where the United States Constitution comes into play. The Constitution restricts government officials from interfering in the lives of American citizens. What this translates into is the elimination of the income tax, the Federal Reserve System, and the myriad of rules and regulations dictating to individuals how to live their lives.
The reason many are on the brink of losing their home is because of the failed government policies that elected officials want continued. The reason more individuals are hitting their maximum debt limits and cannot afford tuition payments for schooling is because of the amount of government spending currently taking place that must be provided for through taxation. Tax cuts are great and every politician and elected government official promises them. However, funding all government spending must come from somewhere and taxing the rich does not even come close to matching the additional spending.
The federal government currently spends over $3 trillion every year which translates into $10,000 of tax revenue that must be collected from every single American, even the kids and babies. A family of four must earn at least $40,000 annually just to pay for all federal government expenditures. Since the federal government does not come anywhere close to taking that much money from its citizens, it prints the money through the Federal Reserve System reducing the value of the American currency geometrically thereby robbing the individual of even more of his hard earned income. It is no wonder why individuals are experiencing difficult economic times.
Government is not established to provide for any American or anyone else from anywhere. The promise of America is that the individual will be left alone to pursue his dreams. If the individual needs help, he asks family members, friends, his church, synagogue, or mosque, or he produces something that someone needs providing a job for himself and others. In other words contrary to popular belief by established government officials, the market does take care of the masses.
Government cannot solve America’s foreign or domestic situations. The best government can do is to make sure that all Americans do not interfere with the life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness of others. In other words government is to make sure each human being does not kill, cheat, lie, or do any other type of harm to another.
No American government official can ever end America’s dependence on oil from the Middle East unless he or she promotes substantially less government interference in the oil markets. No president, under the rules of the United States Constitution has the authority to dictate what kind of energy is to be produced, how it is to be produced, how much of it to produce, and for whom to produce, and that goes for every single product or service produced and consumed. Nor is the president allowed to take the country into war without first getting a declaration of war from congress. The heart of the matter is that very few elected officials invoke the United States Constitution because it restricts them in their desire for power over others.
The promise of America is not Mr. Obama, Mr. McCain or any other elected official. The promise of America is individual liberty. Forgetting the promise of America results in chaos and dictatorship. As Mr.Webster warned so long ago, “Hold on, my friends, to the Constitution and to the republic for which it stands. Miracles do not cluster, and what has happened once in 6000 years, may not happen again. Hold on to the Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world."
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