Independence Day

**CAUTION- THIS MAY COME ACROSS AS A RANT.**
The two subjects that cause the most argument and trouble historically are those of religion and politics.  I try to steer clear of both.  Not because I lack opinions in those matters, just that I believe at the end of the day, your opinion is yours and by and large I can’t change it.
But today is INDEPENDENCE DAY!
The day that we celebrate the birth of the greatest nation on earth, the day that we celebrate the greatest experiment in democracy the world has known.  Today, as we celebrate we need to take a look at this great experiment.  How are we doing?
“I have no fear that the result of our experiment will be that men may be trusted to govern themselves without a master.” – Thomas Jefferson
Well I think that Jefferson would be very disappointed in our “Masters”.  Those men and women that we have elected to govern us.  By and large and both democrats and republican, they have forgotten that they serve the people in a nation For the people and By the people.
“I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.” – Thomas Jefferson
Nope.. missed that again.  Over and over we see the abuse of the power of our so-called leaders.  They forget the lessons learned though our history and No one party seems to be better than the other.
I do not wish to debate democrat philosophy over republican.  I am an American and love my country.  I look to the past to see the mistakes of our current government.  The great experiment of our Republic I fear is in danger and none of our politicians seem to care.  Their interest is self-serving and not in the interest of America.  Our current administration is moving us to a point of socialism and I will not have it.
“My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.”- Thomas Jefferson
Look at our government.  It encourages us to be lazy.  It asks us to trust them and they will provide.  It suggests to us to be dependant on them.  That is not what our founding fathers had in mind in creating our nation.  Our government is bigger than ever.  Why?
Social programs that encourage Americans not to work hard.  The government will provide.
Now I don’t know about you.. but it seems to me that our Constitution only Provides one thing.. and that is for the common defense.  The constitution sets us up for a more “perfect union”.
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
Domestic tranquility?  Promoting the general welfare.. not providing.  Blessings of liberty?  I think we need to take a look at what liberty really meant to the founders.. and what it means to us now.  I think we are way off.. or at least our government is.
Like I said at the outset.  I try not to engage in political discussion.  It only serves to upset people and create argument.  We live in a great nation that is not being helped by our government.  This is my opinion.  I love this country and it is days like today that I think are important to reflect on how we got here.
I think that if you listen to the past and learn you can hear the thumping of our founding fathers rolling in their graves.  This nation that they gave everything for is being sold.  The American people have allowed this to happen.. in the name of what?  political parties and corruption have led this country down the wrong path.  Is it to late to turn things around?  Don’t know.  I hope not.
And that is where Scouting comes in.  Teaching our Scouts to be good Citizens of Character.  This is the only way that I think things can change.
Once again.  My opinion.
Not really interesting in debate, but you are welcome to leave a comment.

“Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.” – Thomas Jefferson
Yep.. I am a fan of Thomas Jefferson… it’s to bad our current politicians aren’t.
Happy Independence Day!
Have a Great Scouting Day!

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3 thoughts on “Independence Day

  1. SMDave-T820

    Jerry,
    After slowly, with age, becoming a US History fan, I am learning more and more about our founding fathers that makes me wonder what happened. Great article and I am with you on most points.

    I am convinced that the old addage to keep the subjects of religion and politics out of everyday discussion topics has done this country and the world a disservice.
    I am convinced that if we go into a conversation involving these topics with the desire for “civil discourse” and the aim to leave the conversation with a hand shake or a hug and a hearty, “I disagree with you brother, but I love ya all the same,” we might just find a way to bring this country quietly back a state we and those with whom we disagree, can live with.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts Jerry. Agree or disagree, they give us all food for thought.

  2. Mike

    Well said, sir! As a Scoutmaster, I try to not get too close to this debate – in public. However, I couldn’t agree more.
    I don’t know that I could use this in a Scoutmaster minute, but I can (and do) use it – this thinking – in how I meet my responsibility as a Scoutmaster – to help our young men to be good citizens of character.

    To that I commit my sacred honor.

    YIS
    AnotherSM

    PS – I do trust that you mean “I hope not.”, not “I hope so”, when talking about being too late! :)

  3. And there was me thinking it was all a big party because you had kicked us Brits out and then forgotten how to speak English propper like what I do. :)

    Good peice and I think that some of Jeffersons comments apply to governments and governing bodies all over the world. It does not matter if you govern a country or a scouting orginisation, you should always consider those who your decissions directly impact.

    Happy belated 4th July to you all.

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