CHOICES BEFORE AMERICARead Now
What Samuel Adams told American Colonists is just as true for Americans today as it was when the Father of the American Revolution said, “It is now high time for the people of this country to explicitly declare whether they will be free men or slaves.”
This is the question we face today; will we be free men or will we be slaves. Put in other terms we could say; will we be an individualist nation or a collectivist nation, will we support limited government or the tyranny of big centralized government, will we choose to make our own decisions or have government make them for us.
Yes, the United States faces the same situation today that we faced in the 18th century which is who will be the sovereign and who will be the servant. After much discussion and debate the American colonist determined that the people would be the sovereign determining their own fate and that those in government would be the servant. The American colonists paid a tremendous price in life, suffering, and property to establish the people as sovereign. There is a movement today, headed by the hierarchy of the Democrat party, to transform the United States so that the government will again be sovereign, and the people will be the servant.
The choices before us are described clearly as are the differences between the choices, by Thomas Jefferson and Vladimir Lenin:
Jefferson said, “A wise and frugal government leaves men free to regulate their own pursuit of industry and improvement and does not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned, this is the sum of good government.”
Lenin disagreed with Jefferson and stated what the transformation movement is professing when he said, “No Marxist can deny the interest of socialism is higher than the rights of a nation to self-determination. It is the role of the government to implement socialism.”
When people are free from the dictates of big centralized government to regulate their industry and improvement, they are free to pursue their own happiness. This is the essence of individualism where each person makes decisions and then must be responsible for the consequences of those decisions. It is not the role of the government to limit opportunity or to enhance opportunity, but the government must act as a blind and impartial servant to its sovereign.
Lenin said exactly the opposite when he said the role of government is to implement socialism. Socialism, according to Marx, brings about a classless society. To have a classless society, all must advocate the same philosophy. Any that would disagree with or be different from the dictates of society must be eliminated, otherwise there would no longer be a classless society. In order to maintain a classless society, the government must be sovereign, demanding total conformity. Government must also define what equality is and then rigorously enforce any requirements to maintain that equality. This requires that a centralized government must be the all-powerful sovereign holding dictatorial power over the people who will be slaves to the state.
Samuel Adams said that a nation must decide if they will be free or slaves. Will the United States choose the course set forth by Jefferson or will the United States choose the course set forth by Lenin. The choice to follow the course set forth by Lenin is clearly the choice of the hierarchy of the Democrat party. What is your choice?
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