Gary Aldrich

Everybody knows that clean water and air are important. That's because the special environmental interests have bullied the population in believing that we are in mortal danger if we don't bend ourselves to their demands. They brainwash our children so that the message is never lost, and the power created is never diminished.

There was evidence that we were not good stewards of our cities and country settings, but that was a long time ago. Not only are there many laws in place today, but the planet is much cleaner. There also exists a strong consensus about what each of us should do to maintain a clean planet.

But what about liberty? If you took a poll today you would have a hard time finding a citizen raised in this country who can articulate how vital liberty is to our happiness and prosperity, and why we should protect it above all else. Liberty is an essential element for the creation of happiness and prosperity, even if most people have no idea why.

If one chose to live a most modest lifestyle, one can still enjoy liberty as a natural right. Yet this country is not set on a course to live a modest life. We are lectured, maybe hectored daily, that our children should attend college – as many as possible. But what is the point of a higher education, if not to compete in the world as it is today? Our world is about commerce, productivity, and taxes.

This twist on the old work ethic is not of our creation but rather as a result of a national consensus. More people don't want to work, but they want their color TV, their microwave, their cell phones. Who will deny them these “basic constitutional rights?” Certainly not the politicians who buy votes in exchange for toaster ovens.

Since liberty and socialism cannot coexist, why are we, the productive, driving our children to become slaves of the state? Shouldn't we be teaching them to fight for clean air, clean water, and liberty?

Will they be happy to work all of their lives so that others may lounge? Are you creating, raising, and educating your kids to become cogs and drones, to be ill-used for the benefit of the masses?

You have spent your lives guiding them to get a higher GPA, but have you told them about liberty?

Will it give your children happiness and contentment to see government bureaucrats jetting here and there, driven in black limousines from one social event to another, living the high life with money robbed from their pockets? Will they wonder why you set them up to be compliant beasts of burden, trained to pull somebody else's cart?