A Merry Christmas to one and all!
Tis the season for giving and receiving, but even more important is understanding how we arrived at being a prosperous, freedom loving people. The American people have always been generous with their time and money with respect to helping others who are less fortunate. On any Thanksgiving and Christmas you'll find people volunteering at homeless shelters or soup kitchens to try and give a little aid and comfort to the afflicted. You'll also find Americans in far flung corners of the globe trying to bring freedom and a sense of normalcy to people afflicted with war and starvation. America has always stood up for freedom, democracy and peace and, hopefully, will continue to do so. All these things we do, not for recognition from our global neighbors, or for some enrichment at the expense of others, but because it's the moral, correct thing to do.
That being said, we face a troubled future, not just in the global community, but at home as well. Our country faces a future with a growing mountain of debt that may swamp future generations and their attempts to provide a well being for their posterity. We face a future where freedom and individual choice will be hampered by over-reaching politicians who care more about control and power than they do about the rule of law. The United States Constitution is under assault as never before from those who think they know better about your health and livelihood. Hopefully, in the coming year we can regain some measure of control of our own resources and a return to being more responsible for our own lives. We need to keep reminding ourselves that the many generations that preceded ours didn't give up, or in, to a troubled time, but recognized their duty to pass freedom on to those who would follow.
So let us, in whatever way we can, give thanks and our best effort to promoting the ideas of freedom, kindness and generosity to all those who wish us well or ill. We are Americans. We have a legacy unmatched in the history of mankind. We will never give in, nor will we ever give up.
Merry Christmas to one and all!