posted on May 13, 2009 08:03
PLEASE take 20 minutes or so to digest this essay by Mark Steyn. Steyn has hit the nail squarely on the thumb: Citizenship is what we DO, not a stamp on our birth certificates. And the larger Government grows, the fewer Citizens there are in any meaningful sense, as those who remain are transformed into wrinkly, post-adolescent wards of the State.
This is not 1789 or 1917. There is no La Fayette or Lenin storming the gates of our civil society. Rather, the destruction of our liberty and national character is proceeding one tiny step at a time, and it MUST be opposed as such. Otherwise, the BIG steps--like the nationalizations of giant swathes of the automotive and banking industries (in the past three months) or the health care industry (later this year) will have far too much momentum to stop.
Does your first-grader know everything there is to know about Arbor Day, but can't find his own country on a map? A ward of the State shrugs and endorses his stimulus check to the public-school fund-raiser. A Citizen marches down to the School Board and demands to know just what the hell the school is doing with its ALREADY bloated budget. And a right heroic Citizen? He brings along about six hundred like-minded neighbors to help.
Has your bank allowed itself to be coerced by the Federal Government into accepting mortgage cramdowns, violating CENTURIES of contract-law precedent and punishing responsible adults in favor of irresponsible parasites? A ward of the State applies for a reduction in principal, paid for by his neighbor... the Citizen. And the right heroic Citizens in the neighborhood might consider erecting giant arrow-shaped signs on their own properties indicating the presence of a PARASITE in their midst.
It's your country. It's your call. Are you a Citizen... or not?