Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. So goes the Carole King song “Sweet Seasons”. So I’m back, a little earlier than I thought, but I’m back. It was an interesting ride, lots of fun and I’d do it again even knowing the outcome. And that folks, is the definition of insanity. To think that you can change the overwhelming burden of government by running for public office is undoubtedly insane, but somebody’s got to do it.
What I found during this election contest is that the message of less government, lower taxes, better education and more liberty still resonates with many folks. Whether one works within the system to change it or from outside the system, as long as we work toward that goal this nation still has a chance.
Switching artists, Edgar Winter Group had a great song called “Free Ride”. Lyrics were great and included this stanza:
Alas, the chorus is problematic:
“So, come on and take a free ride (free ride)
Come on and take it by my side
Come on and take a free ride
Yeah, yeah, yeah.”
The “free ride” is devouring the country. From fat cat bankers gaming the financial system to lazy welfare recipients more interested in mouching than working (and everyone in between), there are way too many people taking advantage of our kind and giving nature. Americans give more than anyone. We give blood for others to have liberty. We give money for others to be able to eat. We give opportunity so that others can share in the American Dream. Way too many have become dependent on that generosity, both overseas and at home. If we don’t work at expanding our liberty, promoting our entrepreneurial spirit and making America great again, we won’t have much to share down the road.
A friend of mine said that I should have led off each speech with a list of countries to move to when the walls come tumbling down. Costa Rica? New Zealand? Nope, it won’t matter. If we lose the gift of liberty that our forefathers fought for, there won’t be a safe bastion in the world for eons. How do we start the revolution? We already know that the answers come from within.