My thoughts on the Election Day Trouncing. I hope that the GOP doesn’t get the big head, but it tends to do that. I suspect the vote had more to do with the public’s dissatisfaction with the Administration than support of the Republicans. The problem is, once elected, one tends to think it’s because they were so superior to the other side that they now have a mandate to do whatever they want.
The GOP will conduct hearings, lots of hearings. I’m fine with holding people accountable for their misdeeds, whether it be Lois Lerner or Hillary or Eric Holder or whoever. Do those investigations because government needs to be fair, accountable and trustworthy. If someone used the government as a tool against the other side, they should be punished.
Also, have at it on the reversal of Obamacare and if the votes can be mustered to overturn it, go for it. Keep the good, throw out the bad. That’s the advantage of hindsight. Nothing is permanent, we can always fix things. Almost always.
There are two things that concern me that I’m not sure got much more than lip service in the past election cycle. This week, I’ll address the first point.
Liberty is Number One. I continue to say that liberty is the answer. Name the problem, liberty is ultimately the answer. Democracy is a fine thing to have, but only if liberty is the basis for it. Otherwise, democracy is simply mob rule. Don’t like the Muslims? Throw them out. Don’t like Hispanics? Throw them out. Don’t like the Catholics? Throw them out. Don’t like gay people? You get the picture. Sooner or later, the only ones left are those that look, talk and act like you. Kinda sounds like what ISIS is doing, doesn’t it? This admonition goes to anyone who can’t tolerate the other side. America is great because we are diverse. I can tolerate your views, even if you are wrong.
Liberty makes America great. Yes, greater than anyone else. No one else has followed the Great American Experiment to the extent that we have. However, we have strayed from our roots in liberty and become dependent on the Great Government to solve the problems of the day and to force our beliefs on others. A return to liberty, as envisioned by our Founding Fathers, would make us stronger, more prosperous and more free.
I’d like to see a focus on liberty, starting in elementary school and then have it carry over to all aspects of our political process. In every decision made by every government, I’d like someone to address how that pending decision is dependent on liberty. Think that is too far fetched?
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