"Life is short and if you're looking for extension, you had best do well. 'Cause there's good deeds and then there's good intentions. They are as far apart as Heaven and Hell", Ben Harper
The 'War on Poverty' is fought with good intentions. The 'War on Drugs' is fought with good intentions. Food Stamps, affordable health care and welfare are presented with good intentions. Prohibition was passed with good intentions. And yet all produced varying degrees of failure.
I see one reoccurring theme in all these programs that are full of 'good intentions'; DEPENDENCY.
Each of the programs mentioned above have and are continuing to produce a dependent society with citizens that are becoming incapable of taking control of their own lives. People who are incapable of taking responsibility for their own existence.
All of us, at some point in our lives, need some help. It's normal and natural to find oneself in situations that require us to seek assistance. I am no exception to that rule. But assistance should be sought and given on a temporary basis with those being assisted steered in a direction where they can take control of their lives.
The production of generations of dependent people has been eroding away at the foundations of American society for decades. If this country ever falls it will be from forces within not external enemies.
"I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpation's", James Madison.
This governmental usurping of the fabric of American society is a calculated attempt, by those who hold power, to control the direction of this country for their own purposes. They camouflage these acts in programs that make dependent zombies out of the populace. When a program fails we hear the constant banging of the good intentions drum and we are all expected to to dance to that beat.
This country was built on the individuality of each of its citizens. It was built by men and women who understood the value of personable responsibility and taking control of our own lives. These people still exist scattered among the dependent zombie apocalypse caused by political and religious agendas.
Wrestling control from those living inside the beltway will take much work.
Three things are needed to turn the tide on dependency. First, we need to elect individuals who will govern with the people's best interests in mind and not what is best for their re-election. Second, we need the stomach to make the sacrifices necessary to pull ourselves up to lives that are as independent as possible from government. Third, we need the heart to help our neighbors when they are in need and not send them off to deal with the government bureaucracy for assistance.
We have dug ourselves a very deep hole and climbing out will take a lot of sacrifice, pain and energy. Independent responsible lives are not beyond our reach. We are Americans and we can do anything we set our minds to.