If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to.Ronald Reagan, October 27, 1964
For at least the last 200 years, America has been the place where those who wanted Freedom and opportunity fled. Be it from Cuba, Ireland, Russia, China, or Italy, they came here. Millions of them came here with literally nothing but the clothes on their backs and the desire to succeed. Stories of immigrants overcoming hardship and succeeding in America are legion. Our promise - come to America. We can't guarantee anything, but you are limited only by what you can achieve.
Last Tuesday, America made a choice. I think it was a poor choice, maybe a careless choice.
We may not understand it yet, but we may have given away our inalienable rights, in exchange for promises from politicians. We may have traded admiration of success for envy. An immigrant today faces hurdles worthy of a third world dictatorship in starting a business, with local, state and federal officials claiming jurisdiction over everything from his products, to his workplace to the wages he pays to the work rules he applies. If he fails, we bail him out. If he succeeds, "we" get a substantial cut - if we even let him try! After all - "you didn't build that".
Is this America?
This article, written by a Brit who has lived in both Britain and America, says it better than I could.
I share his dismay, but not his despair. My plan remains "eternal vigilance". It is vital the The People understand that personal responsibility is not optional, and "social responsibility" is a ruse. They must understand how and why the promises of "free stuff" will not, and can not be fulfilled. The future of our children and nation depend on an informed and vigilant electorate.
I believe that we must maintain America as someplace they can "escape to". It is my duty to do what I can to defend the nation that has treated me so well.
Tell me: What were your reasons for voting as you did? What issues were most important? Why?
Share with me, and with the readers. I urge you to comment.