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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Get Up and Be Somebody!

   Teenagers love to sleep in on Saturday mornings. I know that I did. Monday through Friday I would drag myself out of bed with the thought of Saturday morning being buried under my covers oblivious to the world for as long as possible. I say for as long as possible because my dad didn't believe in "sleeping in." Sure I would get an extra hour or two than what I got on the weekdays, but I wanted all day. I wanted at least until mid-afternoon. But unless I was sick, around 10:00 a.m. I'd hear a knock on the bedroom door and dad would mutter "time to get up" and walk away. I would wonder what in the hell is the matter with this man? One time I stomped downstairs to ask him just that, and he yelled back "It's time to get up and BE SOMEBODY! Damn!!" I stomped back to my bedroom, probably slamming the door, and just sat there and thought about what he said. Be somebody? Who? What? Was I supposed to try to cure cancer on Saturday mornings? Maybe I could work for world peace and have it done by church on Sunday. After that day when I would hear the knock and him muttering that it was time to get up the words GET UP AND BE SOMEBODY would crash into my mind. I'm 52-years old and those words come to mind more often than I, or he, ever could have predicted.
    America, it's time to get up and be somebody! This country has a debt burden that it can not continue to carry and those in government do not seem to have the will or the guts to address it. In fact we wasted the last three years on a failed stimulus plan that left us with crushing unemployment, deeper debt, and expanding deficits. Our financial woes have become a national security concern. We are weakened and getting weaker. I contend that this is happening intentionally so that the system will collapse and can be replaced or "saved" by converting to a more European-style Socialist system. I believe that Bush made some bad decisions that started the ball rolling, but this new administration that believes in "never letting a good crisis go to waste" is using this perfect storm to bring about their vision for America.
   We have in power now an administration who wants to "fundamentally change" America. Our president and the Progressive Democrats believe that government is the answer to every problem, that we need to spend our way out of this crisis, that debt and deficits don't matter, that America (that means you) is a country that needs to apologize to the world for being arrogant Capitalists, that we need to "spread the wealth around" (not only in America but also globally), and any group or any individual who stands in their way is demonized and destroyed when possible.
   We also have a generation of citizens who believe that they are entitled to everything without being required to work for anything. They want to nurse from the teet of government from cradle to grave. They want to pass high school without being able to read. They want a college degree free-of-charge that is spoon fed to them by complacent professors. They want to have babies that they can not afford and expect the government to feed them with WIC and food stamps and welfare checks. They want high-paying jobs without being willing to start at the bottom and work their way up in a company. They want free cell phones and it's their civil right to have a computer. They want designer clothes and expensive cars. They want it all, but they aren't willing to invest the sweat to get it all. They would rather take it from those who did. They want to take it from that breed of American that still exists that earns whatever degree of success they were willing to work to achieve. They worked hard to get an education. They worked hard to sell that innovative idea and to build a successful business. They made smart investments. Then comes along the unproductive who think they are entitled to take from the productive.
   I have a confession to make. (I make a lot of confessions. It helps me sleep well at night.) I am an under achiever. I could have taken advantage of opportunities like school grants and loans to get a good education. Every single American can get an education if they are willing to work for it. I didn't do it. I started, but I didn't complete it. I didn't earn the degree. I had a  great job that paid well and had room for growth. I didn't stick with it. Now I can follow this by giving pretty good excuses for under achieving, but I'm not going to do it because I accept full responsibility for who I grew up to become. Part of accepting that is also accepting the limitations that under achieving has created for me. I do not expect someone who made the best use of all the opportunities available to better themselves, their living conditions, their income, and their lifestyle to give me anything! Nobody owes me a thing! They earned what they have. America is the land of opportunity. People still come from all over the world for the opportunity to succeed. In America we are promised the freedom to pursue happiness, but we are not guaranteed outcomes. If we try and we fail we are free to try again and again. Without freedom and without hard work there is no success. There are only handouts and theft from those who have paid their dues. It's a beautiful system and it has worked! People fight to get into American... not out!
    Now just because I have lived a life of relative mediocrity does not mean that I can't still get up and be somebody. In the haze of my under achievement I can still make out the truth of the situation that I see endangering our great country and our way of life. I may not have taken advantage of opportunities, but I want my children and their children to have the freedom and the choices that I had to succeed or not. There is a movement brewing that seeks to take away a system of reward for hard work. It's Marxist in nature and we all know that Socialism and Communism never, ever work. More often they lead to the tyranny of a few over the masses, which is the very thing they claim to hate. The few aren't a small group of super achievers. No, they are usually mere cronies of those in authority who are used to keep them in power. It always has led to mass murder and the slavery ("re-education") of those who do not comply. If  you think that this can not happen in America you are wrong.
   We have an administration (in two of the three branches that influence the third branch) that prefers a nanny state. We have the entitled masses. We have big unions with expanding agendas. We have a media that is complicit. We have taken God out of our culture. We have become so PC that it limits our freedom of speech. Our educational system politically and morally indoctrinates our youth and produces illiterates. Our right to bear arms is threatened by laws cloaked in safety. We have property rights taken at will. We have government bailouts and takeovers. The Occupy Wall Street crowd is a mixture of everything that threatens America. Do your research and you will see.
    I don't know about you, but I'm ready to get up and be somebody! America we have to get off of the couch, out from in front of our large-screen TVs, off of the computer games, out of the bars and buffets, and whatever it is that is distracting us and do something. I am doing things that I've never done before. Every single person who gets it should figure out what it is that they can do and do it.
   I'm not muttering it. I'm shouting it. GET UP AND BE SOMEBODY!!!!

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