Thanksgiving 2009

Thanksgiving 2009
Kevin Bryant

As the Thanksgiving holiday draws closer with each passing day, I look back at the past and reflect on all the things I am thankful for. It’s a time when families get together not to exchange gifts or celebrate birthdays and anniversaries. It’s a time to be thankful for our families and loved ones. Many give thanks for their health or like my wife, that new job she got. I didn’t receive a pay raise in 2009 but am thankful I still have a job.

We, as individuals have our own things to be thankful for and I am sure that each family has their collective things that they are thankful for as well. My family will be thankful if our first grand child is healthy. She should be arriving in the next couple of weeks. I wonder though, as a nation, other than we still have some of the freedoms our forefathers wanted for us intact.

I like old movies. A couple of my favorites are Adam’s Rib and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. This weekend my wife had me sit down and watch one of her favorites that I have never seen. It starred Cary Grant and David Niven, both of whom I am not a real big fan of. The movie was The Bishop’s Wife. While Cary Grant and the bishop’s wife are riding together in a cab, the cab driver offered his opinion of why things seem to be getting out of control in the world. The words he uttered in the movie were appropriate for the times but are probably even more appropriate in our time. “Too many people don’t know where they are going and are trying to get there too fast”.

How many times have we wanted our government to slow down? How many times have we wanted them to listen to reason? How often have we told ourselves that common sense is dead in Washington? Conservatives have wanted government to slow down and listen to them and apply common sense more in the past 10 months than in the past 10 years combined. We have people that were elected to congress whose sole purpose is to bring about a socialist utopia here in the United States. Others want a more Marxist, Communist style of government.

Thomas Jefferson said that when governments fear the people, there is liberty. When people fear the government, there is tyranny.

We have a government out of control, one that is bent on taking as much power from the states has it possibly can, one that has our country teetering on the edge of bankruptcy and seems hell bent to send it over the edge, one that wants to control the every aspect of our lives. We have a government that wants to make every member of the middle and lower class in this country a slave, completely dependent upon government for every aspect of their own existence. That, my friends is their idea of a socialist utopia. It is the vision and goal of this administration and a vast majority of those in congress both republican and democrat. What happens when they get done running manufacturing jobs out of this country? What will be the end result when they finally run out of the tax payer’s money to redistribute to maintain this utopia?

“Too many people don’t know where they are going and are trying to get there too fast”. There are way too many people in Washington who is driving this country in a new direction. We have entered uncharted territory with nothing but the history of other countries to show us what things might become. The sad part is that the history of Germany, Russia, England, France, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, Sweden and everyone else who has been down the road we are now taking have all failed in their attempts to create the elusive perfect socialist utopia. What this country is doing now has been tried and failed on so many scales that it makes no sense to repeat the mistakes of others. Many of the citizens of these countries as well as China and other nations are thankful for they are starting to move again towards a capitalist system and private ownership.

True capitalism when coupled with true freedom has never failed to prosper. Only when government over regulates and over tax people and businesses does capitalism fail. As a nation, we should all be thankful for Ronald Reagan, for he was the last president to know, understand and put this into practice. When capitalism is left alone, those that do not practice good business ethics die off while those that follow the rules and satisfy the needs of their customers flourish. The government long ago disrupted this constantly evolving system that helped created this mess we are in.

Obama, Reid and Pelosi, you need to slow down. If you allow common sense to guide your thoughts instead ideology, you will hear what this country needs and wants. A river knows where it wants to go and how to get there and at what speed. Dams only hold back rivers for so long before the pressure gets too great water needs to be released. The country knows where it wants to go and how fast it needs to get there, and what roads it needs to travel. Stop being the dam that is in the way and serves no purpose. Do this and we will all be truly have something to be thankful for.