As we head into a new year I hope that we can all make new goals to fight for the liberty that we inherited. Many people fought to provide this legacy for us, yet many take these liberties for granted.
As I read news stories I worry about the direction that our country is headed. I see people forcing others to serve them, against their beliefs, stating that it is their “right” to receive the service from the particular establishment. This “right” has never existed in the past, and is not guaranteed in the Constitution of the United States of America. It is being forced under the guise of political correctness. People are being forced to forfeit their inherited liberty for the hurt feelings of others.
In addition, I see our national debt skyrocketing as our elected officials propose and pass into legislation more and more programs to help the underprivileged and unfortunate. They are not helping a majority of these people but are, in effect, harming them and our entire society. When people learn that they can gain the blessings of hard work without performing the work involved, they lose the work ethic that our nation was built upon. The next logical step is to begin to feel entitled to these benefits, further losing the desire to work hard. This breeds low self-esteem, which cycles to even less desire to work hard.
In the end, our leaders’ good intentions contribute to the decline of our once great nation. I am reminded of a passage from a speech given by Henning Webb Prentis, President of the Armstrong Cork Company, given at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York on March 18, 1943, and printed in the Princeton University Press in 1943:
“Paradoxically enough, the release of initiative and enterprise made possible by popular self-government ultimately generates disintegrating forces from within. Again and again after freedom has brought opportunity and some degree of plenty, the competent become selfish, luxury-loving and complacent, the incompetent and the unfortunate grow envious and covetous, and all three groups turn aside from the hard road of freedom to worship the Golden Calf of economic security. The historical cycle seems to be: From bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to apathy; from apathy to dependency; and from dependency back to bondage once more.”
I currently see our country being in the stage of sliding from apathy to dependency, being closer to the latter end.
We need to look for ways to reverse this trend if we desire to save our nation. We cannot support the current trend for much longer. If we don’t take steps to reverse the trend, re-teach the work ethic that built our nation, and unlearn the feelings of entitlement that are driving people to seek a handout in place of hard earned income, we will soon find ourselves having to be subject to those who end up in power after the fall.
I admonish you to seek deep in your hearts, and pray faithfully to our Father in Heaven, to find ways to help in the cause of liberty and freedom. We are trying our best to help in the cause of liberty, and hope you will make the commitment to join the fight.
Bruce Williams, Chairman