What's in a person's heart
"Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women. When it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it; no constitution, no law, no court can do much to help it."
James Madison penned those words at the time of the founding of our nation. It's a stark reminder that once the desire to be free, to be responsible for one' self, is extinguished, then so will our actual freedom be gone. The over- reaching state will consume us leaving but an empty shell with servitude to our political masters as our natural state. Paul Ryan, R-WI, said it best during his response to President Obama's State- of-the-Union speech. "(o)ur nation is approaching the tipping point", by which he meant that not only is the budget unsustainable, but the nation's legacy of pioneering innovation will be only a memory, a thing of the past.
Sadly, I believe this tipping point had already been reached. A majority of Americans look to the Federal Government for their daily survival. How can we possibly reverse the bloated Social Security and Medicare programs, let alone make them solvent for younger generations? How can we convince people that the " Patient Protection Care and Affordability Act" has little to do with care and is hardly affordable. How do we convince environmentalists that their beloved EPA has little to do with a clean environment and more with controlling business. Why are liberals so enamored with the notion of doing good, but unconcerned with the results of their idealism.
We live in a time where we may see the word's greatest economic engine brought to it's knees. We have a President who's providing us with the knee pads and many of us willingly following to oblivion. You were right, Mr. Madison. The hearts of many of our fellow citizens have been dimmed and are now silent to the call of liberty.
A leader, a leader. My Nation for a leader!