Do you think the signers of the Declaration of Independence believed they were putting everything they held dear on the line so that future generations would be able to garner entitlements from their fellow citizens? Do you think they risked their lives and their livelihoods so that future generations could go to college and have low interest rate student loans subsidized by taxpayers? Did thousands upon thousands lose their lives so we could all buy nice houses? Did they suffer so public employees could retire at the age of 55? I think that’s what many Americans believe these days. I mentioned this in an earlier post, but I think it bears repeating.
Could the idea of the American Dream be the problem? So many young people believe it’s all about going to school, graduating and then buying a house and having kids. But that’s not what it is at all. The American Dream is about living free. It’s about living in a place that allows one to pursue his or her dreams without interference from a big government. It’s that freedom that brought about the ability to go to school, get a good job, buy a home, and start a family. But the politicians and their progressive allies in the media and entertainment industry have corrupted the Dream. They have led people to believe that the college degree, the good job, and decent housing are all entitlements; as if those things are our birthright, rather than the freedom and liberty to pursue our desires as we see fit.
Every time I hear the National Anthem at a baseball game anymore I well up when the words “the land of the free and the home of the brave” are sung because I just don’t think people even get the meaning of those words anymore. They stand and show respect, but do they get it? I’m sure our veterans do, but I don’t know about anyone else. How sad.
Our Founders did not put everything on the line, declare independence, and fight the American Revolution so we could all have material things at the expense of not just our fellow citizens, but future generations. I’m beginning to think that a good many Americans are not even worthy of our heritage. The saddest part is, in many cases, it’s through no fault of their own. We’ve been failed by the media, the entertainment industry, and our politicians; and most of those who failed us did so on purpose to advance a totalitarian agenda. Will the people ever wake up, or is it too late?