No president in my lifetime has so quickly and so easily divided the American people. Whether one is for his policies or against them, I think most will agree that things are not going particularly well at this point. It seems to be the main topic of conversation at grocery stores, beauty shops, churches, coffee shops and more.
With Congress still debating the president’s huge budget while also trying to pull their own bacon out of the fire over the AIG scandal, they have no time or inclination to listen to the concerns of the American people. Ultimately, that could prove to be their biggest mistake.
Revolutions and civil wars have been fought all over the world for centuries. Most of them have boiled down to one distinct problem; an inordinately powerful government or monarchy considering themselves above their own people.
I spent more than 10 years helping to start small businesses in Oklahoma. Prior to that, I was second in command at a large regional Chamber of Commerce. Before that, I ran a not for profit foundation. My combined experience in business management runs more than 25 years.
As a business manager, I understand the importance of not spending money you don’t have. I drilled that into my clients every single day. It is a basic premise of business management; at least for those businesses that don’t want to go bankrupt.
It has more than shocked me to watch our government spending trillions of dollars on businesses that have already proven they don’t know how to handle their money. I was against the bailouts from day one and I remain against them.
Now it seems that the powers that be want to justify spending even more money on budgetary items that our nation simply can’t afford. Who is at the helm here and what are they “really” doing?
I don’t pretend to have the answer to that. There are dozens of conspiracy theories out there.
Some believe the intent is to kill small business and for the government to take over the big businesses they want. Whether that is the actual intent or not, the current policies are certainly going to make it difficult to small businesses to survive.
Many think that the idea is to turn the U.S. into a socialistic or communistic country. I would certainly hate to think that would be the case, but then again, “spreading the wealth” around is an undeniable socialistic concept.
Others say the president wants to make all the illegal aliens legal in order to ensure the Republicans, or any other party for that matter, can ever rise to challenge them. That wouldn’t surprise me one bit. After all, the Democrats have been saying for years that the American people are too stupid to know what is good for them.
A few wonder if the national health care program will be aimed at getting rid of those less than perfect people in our midst. Would the elderly, the infirm, or the disabled actually have access to the health care needed? With a “clearing house agent” deciding who would get treatment and who would not, it certainly begs the question.
There are dozens of questions and even more theories about what is going on in this country. Some of the ideas are a bit out there to my way of thinking. However, I didn’t believe Roosevelt had prior knowledge of Pearl Harbor that he didn’t reveal. I think that certainly means we can’t afford to count anything out.
I’ve recently noticed that more and more friends and acquaintances are becoming paranoid. Some are withdrawing their money from banks. They fear a financial collapse will rob them not only of their already diminished IRA’s, stocks, or bonds, but also of their bank savings.
At least a dozen or more people that I know have purchased handguns or rifles within the last couple of weeks. When queried why, some are honest and say they fear they will need to defend themselves. Others claim a new interest in “hunting.”
Some elderly fear they will be left to die once “entitlement” cuts are made. They believe the government will take away the Medicare and Medicaid they so desperately need.
While all of this remains as nothing more than speculation and fear, it does raise an obvious question. Why are the American people suddenly so afraid of their own government?
Let’s take that one step further. If the government really has nothing to hide, why are they unwilling to ensure the people that they have nothing to fear?
I’m not Republican and I’m not Democrat. I’ve always voted my conscious, not along any party line. But I will say this, if I had to vote today I would not vote for a single person currently in office.
While I may not buy into all of the conspiracy theories out there, I don’t trust our government either. They are definitely hiding something they don’t want us to know and, until we do, the truth is none of us may ever feel totally safe again.