Braddy is a retired newspaper editor and longtime resident of Winter
Haven, Fla. He continues his writing, editing and media work on
a personal and freelance basis. He launched this website on Sept.
11, 2011. He can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
good must stand up and be heard
June 10, 2012
from this page
Instead of challenging us to greatness, instead of
reminding us of the rugged pioneering and can-do spirit that built
this nation and made it great, our so-called leaders tell us that
we can’t do anything without government’s “help”
Under the guise of “helping,” our lawmakers
and public officials create more programs — programs that
suck away our tax dollars and, even more incidious than that, suck
in the public and make larger segments of it more greatly dependent
Instead of leading, instead of resisting the irresponsible
demands of this and that special-interest group, instead of being
disciplined with earmarks and pork-barrel projects, instead of just
saying “No,” our elected officials spend our money like
never before on worthless causes, unjustifiable endeavors, unsustainable
“entitlements” and even bigger government. The results
include an astonishing $15.7 trillion federal debt and a $1.1 trillion
federal budget deficit that cannot be closed without some real and
extended sacrifices throughout the land.
Selfish individuals and many of the groups they form
somehow think they are owed things — jobs, food, pensions,
health care, housing, goods, services, property and the fruit of
other people’s labor — just because they can walk and
talk and not necessarily because they worked for them or deserve
them. As Americans, are we really owed or entitled to anything?
The clear lines between good and bad, right and wrong
and morality and immorality are blurred to the point that acts and
behavior once considered to be beyond the pale of decency are now
considered to be acceptable.
National defense, the very first responsibility of
the federal government, becomes the first target for budget cutbacks
— despite unceasing external threats — when politicians
gutlessly refuse to face down the special-interest groups and get
social spending under control.
Deliberate or foolish, aided by outside influences
or just allowed by a complacent and ignorant populace, the individual
acts of people in power might not seem to be evil, but taken together,
the cumulative effect of these acts — the true cost of them
— is nothing but evil.
America is rotten from the cancers within and more
vulnerable than ever to the pressures and dangers from without.
Those include the nations and groups that would, given the means
and the opportunity, do us harm.
Where are the good people who would confront the foolishness,
the recklessness and the cowardice of many in public office and
the ill intent of those who might handle them?
Where are the good people who would stand up and say
“Enough is enough!” when America’s traditional
values are undermined, when decency and morality are compromised?
Where are the good people who would tell the irresponsible,
the covetous and the envious among us that individual responsibility
and selflessness are keys to a strong nation, that America has to
be a nation of givers rather than takers?
Where are the good people who would push back against
growing socialism and unfurl the banner of capitalism and the economic
freedom it provides?
Where are the good people who would defend America’s
right — its need — to be strong militarily as a means
to maintain the peace rather than threaten it?
And where are the good people who would recognize
tyranny, oppression and evil abroad and even at home and stand up,
without fear, to unmask and fight it?
The heart says the good people are out there, but
the eyes don’t see enough of them at work to face down our
threats, to preserve our liberties and to return the USA to greatness.