"Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have ... The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases." Thomas Jefferson
Every time I watch a reporter interview a bunch of young Americans, I am astounded and disappointed at how little they know about American history. They don't know how this country was founded, they have never been taught about the patriot founders of our republic, and many of them have no idea why we fought the American Revolution, the Civil War, World War I, or World War II.
I have a young relative who asked me at a family gathering, "I understand you're very conservative?" My response was that I was indeed conservative, but that I was most interested in protecting the freedoms enshrined in the Constitution. I also cared about fiscal responsibility, and the need for individual responsibility.
My relative's response was, "Don't you think the Constitution should be updated?" Trying to be polite, I said that the Constitution doesn't need updating. Americans need to understand what is protected by that document, and they need to make sure it is safeguarded just as it is.
Unfortunately, this relative gave me the blank stare that is common to liberals and/or Progressives. They honestly believe that the government should manage every aspect of our lives. They don't want less government - the "prime directive" of our founders - they want more government. In some cases, they complain about government intrusion when it directly affects their lives, but then they offer their votes to politicians who will only expand that interference.
I have another relative who literally worships Barack Obama. Yet they once complained that government rules and regulations were making it hard for them to run their business. Their liberal/Progressive blindness makes it impossible for them to see that the administration of Barack Obama has made executive orders and dictatorial government regulations the rule of the day. Should a Clinton or Sanders become president, this will only get worse.
The very fact that a crazy socialist like Bernie Sanders could even be in the running for the Democratic Party presidential nomination is proof that America is in deep trouble. The entitled generation wants their freebies, and a socialist/Progressive or (dare I say it) Marxist government will give them their "protected" way of life - until everyone else's money runs out. (Check out the socialist paradises of Venezuela and Cuba to see how their citizens are faring.)
The Democratic Party of today is nothing like the one that brought John F. Kennedy to the presidency. Remember that Kennedy, a World War II hero, said, "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country."
The slogan today for Democrats like Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders would be, "Ask not what you can do for your country; ask what your country can do for you."
So here we sit, America. We have plunged into a debt that is unsustainable, but the Democrats - and some Republicans - want to increase it. We have a younger generation that has no idea how this country was founded, but they still want the newest cell phone. We have a political elite class that only cares about the next election, so they make promises they can never fulfill, and the so-called "leaders" in this country don't care about the unregulated illegal immigration that will destroy America.
I am a father and a grandfather who has fought in two wars, run a business, retired as a soldier, and retired as a police officer. I am convinced that I may die before our country can be turned around. I am also saddened by the future prospects of my children and grandchildren. If their generations cannot wake up to the dangers facing America, then the freedoms that so many of us - and our ancestors - fought for will be lost.
May God protect the United States of America.
Charles M. Grist