Jackie Gingrich Cushman

This burden of debt places requirements on future generations of Americans. They will have to be concerned with paying off their mothers' and fathers' debts before they can begin to live their own lives.

Let's be clear about what this is -- this is bondage for future generations.

While the idea of taxing one group to help another might work on a small scale, a nation afflicted with this disease on a pervasive level cannot be sustained. You cannot tax people and create value. You simply spread what you have into thinner and thinner layers.

Value is created instead when something is made by one person and then passed on to another who values it more highly than does the maker. The seller receives more than the cost, and the buyer receives a product that, in his or her estimation, is worth at least as much, if not more than the price for which it is sold.

As for service to our communities and our nation, we must demand that those who are elected to serve us fulfill their duties.

We have to understand that, while we may have been "created equal," as stated in the Declaration of Independence, we were not guaranteed that we would all end up equally. Instead, we were given the right by God to pursue happiness.

If we push for equality over liberty, we will end up in bondage to the government. As Alexis de Tocqueville said: "Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: While democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude."

Let us love freedom more than security and risk the challenges of liberty rather than give in to the assurances of bondage.


Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Jackie Gingrich Cushman is a speaker, syndicated columnist, socialpreneur, and author of "The Essential American: 25 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Own," and co-author of “The 5 Principles for a Successful Life: From Our Family to Yours”.