By Dick Marshall
It is said that when ostriches are in fear, they bury their head in the sand. Now, I don’t know if that is actually true or not; I do know that it is an accurate description of the majority of Americans today. We stand on the threshold of losing our country to the Marxist, Socialist agenda and we refuse to even consider the evidence that is right in front of us. The Founding Fathers gave us fair warning over 230 years ago when they spoke and warned against international alliances, world banking, excessive debt and, yes, even giving up our well-documented Christian roots and heritage. Our Constitution is expressly clear as to what are the duties and responsibilities of the Federal government and states, unequivocally, that all the rest belong to the States and to we the people. We as a people have abdicated our responsibility to our families, to our children, to our educational system, to our State and Federal governments and to our Creator.
It is small wonder that when we elect unqualified people who lack character and principle to represent us that they serve not us or the nation but only themselves. Men of character with a firm foundation in what is right and what is wrong would never have coined the phrase “too big to fail”. They would never have agreed to $14 trillion of debt, they would not have created Fannie or Freddy in the first place, let alone bail them out; they would never force any bank, let alone the whole banking system, to loan money to those who could not pay it back and they would never take over private industry. The litany could go on but you get the point, I hope.
Why is it that the likes of Dick Durbin, Barney Frank and others of their ilk on both sides of the aisle are still in office and not in jail? By the way, have you noticed that the recession/depression has not in the least affected any member of Congress or their staff? All government workers are still employed at a salary that hasn’t gone down one wit. Does it bother anyone that this economic downturn has hurt only the private sector? Our Federal government has over-taxed and over-regulated our private sector to death and they show no signs of stopping. This also applies to our State and Local governments. As a writer friend of mine aptly put it, “the American Dream of owning your own business has changed to being employed by the government”. If you think about it, when President Putin of Russia said the United States was a parasitic nation, he was right. We buy more than we sell and we produce hardly anything. We live off the products of other countries. We are a parasitic nation. So, what to do?
First, let’s understand why the ostrich buries his head to begin with. It is said that it is so his enemies cannot see him and he will be safe. We all know that this is untrue and in fact we also know that when you stand with your head buried and your butt up in the air, the enemy has a large stationary target to which he can wreak havoc in a multitude of ways. Second and more important, as long as the ostrich has his head in the sand, he is blind to what is happening around him and can go on thinking, erroneously, that he is safe from harm. Also false and not very bright, but ostriches are not known for their independent thinking. Third and most important. If the ostrich takes his head out of the sand, he must see and hear what is actually happening in real time. Then the hard part for ostriches comes; he must make decisions on what he sees and hears. He must determine what is real and what is not. For ostriches, this is major stress and they would rather not do it at all. To most of the non-ostrich life forms, this decision-making process is normal to everyday life. Mistakes are made, corrected and life moves on. But to the ostrich, this is totally unexplored territory and gives him great concern and fear. There is a forth option for the ostrich and that is to take his head out of the sand (strictly for show) and move his head around but not open his eyes or clean out his ears. Thus, he appears aware but, in actuality, his head is still in the sand.
Now I took all this space to get to the point. We all need to get our head out of the sand and re-engage in the function of our government. We need to clean out our ears and eyes so that we can discern the truth and act accordingly. There are those in government who do not have our best interest at heart and they need to go. There are those of us who believe that the government should take care of us from cradle to grave and they need a reality check. We all need to get back to our roots of good government as expressed in our Founding documents and we all need to think our positions through to their conclusions. Finally, when we elect someone to represent us, we need to make sure that we are doing so because he will represent us in a manner that is good for the country and not just giving us a handout for our vote.
So there you have it, it’s your decision. Who are you in this Representative Republic that we call the U.S.A.?
Dick Marshall is the former publisher of The Republic Magazine and lives in Nevada County