Frugality, in all matters economic, epitomized the early years of this nation. Sadly, we have come a long way from the days of Alexander Hamilton, who with painstaking care set the foundations for our current Treasury system and the handling of national debt. In just the last three years, Obama and Democrat spendthrifts in congress have caused the national debt to balloon to over $15 trillion dollars, more than our Annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Four trillion of that debt has been incurred in the past three years, when Democrats expanded entitlements, subsidies, pork projects and crony capitalism.
Founding Fathers have been revered for their vision, their dedication and their sacrifices in creating what has arguably become the greatest nation on earth. Democrats regularly demagogue TeaParty activists because they argue the need to return to our roots and rely on the Constitution to guide our legislative decisions.
Fearlessness has characterized Americans whether battling tyranny abroad or tackling gnarly issues at home. But, in today’s “gotta do whatever I gotta do to get re-elected” mentality, we see Obama saying and promising whatever he thinks will garner him a second four years, regardless of practicality and regardless of fairness.
Friendly has always been one of the main American characteristics, whether characterized by Ambassador Ben Franklin, or Mark Twain or the jovial Will Rogers. But Democrat demagoguery of Republicans with whom they have an honest disagreement on policy has risen to new, vitriolic heights. President Obama, who speaks often of lowering the volume, is one of the main ringleaders egging on hostilities through accusations of racisim, elitism and fanning the flames of class warfare because he simply can’t run on his record of the past three years.
There are many other “F” words that could describe the best of Americans: forceful, fortitude, frank, fruitful, future-focused, fixers of problems. But, all these words share one thing in common: they characterize what is best and brightest about our country and its citizens.
Some politicians, desperate to stay in power, are perhaps, recently best described by “D” words as they descend to disputatious, divisive disagreements designed at damaging, deceiving and dissembling.
Returning our country to our Founding Fathers’ vision of individual responsibility, civility and comity in our legislative dialogue will take hard work from both parties. Only time will tell if they are capable of meeting the challenge.