My friends, we are in an election year and it is going to get UGLY between now and November when we head to the polls to determine the path our country will follow.  We will either choose freedom or slavery.  It really is that simple.

There are those in our country that feel they are “owed” stuff.  That stuff being paid for by you the taxpayer and “stuff” includes everything from a house, to a car, a cell phone, big screen TV, and so on.  I don’t know your specific circumstances, but I worked and saved to be able to buy a car (several in fact), a house, a new computer and pay for cell phones and service for myself and my family.  I don’t expect, nor do I want to take what I have not earned, especially from the American Taxpayer.

Benjamin Franklin was once asked what type of government the American people were going to participate in and he responded “A republic, madam, if you can keep it.”  For those meaning challenged readers still with us, a republic is:

“A state in which the supreme power rests in the body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by representatives chosen directly or indirectly by them.”

Friends, WE the PEOPLE are the government.  They are to do OUR bidding, not the other way around.  How long can a republic stand?  Until the electorate realizes it can vote itself an allowance from the public treasury.  We have reached that point.

With all the entitlement programs promulgated throughout the 20th century, we have created an electorate that will vote for the candidate which promises to provide the very bread of life.  Not as a safety net, but as a way of life.

Both sides of the aisle have an agenda.  The difference is where I believe that agenda will take us.  On one side, you have those who believe the government should provide for you from the cradle to the grave, on the other, personal responsibility is touted as the way to go.  I am firmly in the personal responsibility camp.

What does that mean?  Let me tell you, at least from my perspective, what it means.  Personal responsibility means you live with-in your means. You want a plasma TV?  Get a job and save your nickels.  Take care of the necessities first (food and shelter) and then work on the niceties.  The bigger house, the cable TV, the new car, well, you get my drift.

Let me suggest an agenda.  Take it for what it is, just the opinion of a grumpy old NCO that took an oath some 27 years ago that is as relevant today as it was then.

  1.  Support only those candidates that show by their actions they will follow the United States Constitution
  2. Hold those candidates/office holders accountable for their actions
  3. Remind those elected to office they work for you not the other way around
  4. Remind elected officials they took an oath and hold them accountable to that oath

Take responsibility for your actions and hold others accountable for theirs.

Sarge, Out



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