As inspiration, I found this post at III% Patriots and the link it referenced. It wasn't Barack Obama who fundamentally changed America, it was every president before him going back to probably Woodrow Wilson with some notable contributors such as Franklin Roosevelt and Jimmy Carter.
Barack Obama would not be possible on a path unpaved by these men. The fundamental change in America is the notion that someone owes us...something. When things go wrong in our lives, there should be someone to sue, or to blame, or to take care of our problems. Compassion is a good thing, it is still the best, most endearing aspect to the American character, but at the point of a gun (government) it is a sin, a crime and a betrayal all rolled into one.
As most know I am going through the liquidation of my business. I am looking around at all of the things that I have purchased, built, designed and brought forth as mere assets. Some of the things that are the most important to me are the things that are worth the least in cash value. They can and will take everything I worked a decade to build and I will still owe more than it is all worth in today's economy. In this process, I see the America that should be. Yes, take it all, it is yours for the debts I have accumulated. Let's pay it all off out of the salary I will make wherever I land.
The parallel I see between myself and the nation is that all of the great ideas have been discarded, everything purposely built destroyed, the value of everything reduced to pennies. As Kerodin points out, we have become a nation of beggars, feeding off our brother, cannibals. For allowing it to happen, we bear responsibility for it, we are impoverished by the debt we refused to pay, the debt of honor to the founding principles.
There is a reckoning coming and it will sweep us all up into the vortex of debt and duty I have lately discovered. It is clear by the rhetoric coming out of Washington that nothing will be done about the deficits, or the debt. It is clear that the Obama Administration is dedicated to bullying the press and the S&P to alter reality long enough to get him four more years with which to complete the transformation started so long ago, the transformation to complete obedience and fealty to the state.
We have fundamentally changed ourselves from being the world's frontiersmen to the world's beggars, the independent innovators to common imitators. America and Americans must stand now, or bow forever. It is simple, the mere acceptance of aid from the government is a capitulation to socialist state, a willing acceptance of the muzzle and the scraps. What was once great about America was its people and the spirit that built the nation, if they had known what we would do with it, they would have stayed in Britain.
This is a moment in time. Do we support the boldness of addressing our debts, or the greedy demand of the scraps? This is when we decide who we are. This is when we decide if there is anything left of the greatness of America. I pray there are enough left who see the dangers of socialism, or the value of each other to resist this ploy for the heart of the nation, to bring it down and crush it under the boot heel of dependence. Be bold, demand to starve as free rather than dine as slave.
Graciously linked and quoted at Refreshing the Tree of Liberty.
Graciously linked at Doug Ross.
Graciously linked at Western Rifle Shooters Association.
Graciously linked at III% Patriots.