"Wish not so much to live long as to live well."
-- Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1746
I guess there is wisdom uttered in this quote by Franklin. As one ages the quality of life, in most cases, does diminish and ends with wishes of youthful vigor. The fortunate times from Franklin’s day until now has been individuality in how one’s life was spent. Now our government delves into our personal lives to such an inordinate proportion that we may not always have the "right" to live as well as we choose.
As we hit mid-stride in the age of the "boomers," it is more apparent that our government is still taking much from us and at a more rapid pace than ever before. Our Congress has taken our Social Security, medical decisions, and soon they may even "incorporate" our personal investments to help their quest to redistribute the wealth. This does not include the unconstitutional government giveaways of disability, food credit cards and welfare that overtax us. I do not question that some need a hand up but not a lifetime of handouts.
Our Declaration of Independence says, and I paraphrase, that when the just powers of government is no longer at the consent of the governed, it is time to remove those in power and replace them with those most likely to give back to us our rights. It should be your right to live as you choose always remembering that your rights end at your neighbors person and property. Let us not fail in this trying time to restore our right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
Those now in power, passing unconstitutional laws and ordinances daily, do not deserve to return to office! When you vote to fill an empty office, remember to ascertain if the next candidate is handpicked by the resigning office holder. If the one leaving office did not meet your expectations, don’t expect their chosen one to either.
--Steve Ramey, American, USMC Vietnam Veteran and freedom lover.
08 October 2012
Semper Fidelis et Vigilo!