Luke 6:49 – But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.
I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure when you rip out a foundation: the house crumbles. Our nation has cracks in its walls – figuratively speaking – because we are ripping out its foundation piece by piece.
The United States of America was founded upon a representative government for the people by the people, a small federal government, states’ rights, one nation under God, liberty for all. These things are almost ALL taboo now. Why?
Where did we go wrong? How did we – a nation founded on capitalism, where ‘the commies’ were feared only 60 years ago – become a place where socialism is cool? Sorry to inform the ‘feel the bern’ kids but check out an economic book from the library and you’ll find out Mr. Sanders’ plan will RUIN our economy.
Do you like that cell phone you have? Are you excited for the next one and all the new features it will have? Well you can thank the greedy profit-incentive that you are so against for that. You think it’s a good thing that we have treatments for cancer? You can thank the profit-incentive in the pharmaceutical industry for that. We lead the world in medical research (citations at the bottom). If you tax these industries/businesses to death, one of three things will happen:
- Businesses leave the U.S. for more tax-favorable countries (killing jobs and the U.S. economy)
- Prices will raise (causing inflation and hurting the U.S. economy)
- Businesses will cut research and development (causing standard of living to stagnate)
These are all bad things, but they are a side-note to my original rant… We have let our nation become so divided that we no longer can look at our neighbor and smile that they are a fellow American or thank God that we were both born into such a blessed land with promise and opportunity.
Now we look at our neighbor and frown because they have more than us or they have an opposite opinion of us. Really?
We should be adults. We should be able to treat people with kindness and respect even if they are of the opposite view point. Shutting people up or shouting them down doesn’t help your cause – civil discourse does.
We are blessed beyond measure that we live in a nation where we can even speak our mind or worship they way we see fit (First Amendment). People around the world don’t have these rights, let’s not abuse them or take them for granted.
So if you get a chance this summer to pick up a novel, don’t just read the greatest pop-culture hit. Read a book about our nation’s history and its founding. It may just give you a greater appreciation for the land of the free and the home of the brave.