AWD was listening to a song by a Texas songwriter today called “Live Free or Die” when the thought crossed my big, sexy mind…are Americans really free?
AWD has a buddy from college who is planning on moving to Peru in a few years when he retires. He’s a government leech with the Department of Labor so he is one of the lucky few who has a retirement plan that will actually permit him to retire. Even though he’s a worthless leech, I love him as a brother. He told me while he’s in Peru he feels free. He can smoke a cigar with no one hassling him. Drive without a seat belt. In Peru he’s buying a place on the beach where he’ll live without exorbitant property taxes and he’ll live for about 20% of what it takes to live in America. Are there some tradeoffs? Sure. There won’t be a Walmart or Starbucks around every corner…but do we really need Walmarts or Starbucks on every corner? Freedom. A hassle-free life. A government that doesn’t seek to seize every cent of wealth it can get from those who work (or come close if a government employee) for a living. Sounds nice, doesn’t it?
Government is involved in every aspect of our lives in America 2013. To have a freaking yard sale you must get a freaking permit from your city! Try starting a business and look at the governmental forms, permits, licenses, tax ID numbers, legal papers, etc you’ll have to file. It’s estimated 25% of a company’s costs are Human Resources related. I-9’s, COBRA, HIPAA, FICA, FUI, SUI, FMLA, ADA, etc. And libs wonder why companies move overseas?
Some locales even control the size of sodas you can drink! Even though it’s a constitutional right, many law-abiding taxpayers cannot legally own guns in America due to corrupt politicians.
Taxes are through the roof! Both parents must work in most families (families? what an antiquated notion) to make ends meet. One to pay the living expenses while the other works to pay taxes. All the while hard-working Americans see their earnings taken by federal, state, and local governments to fund welfare, food stamps, social programs, Section 8 housing, etc for those who are able to work but too lazy! America now imports third-world moochers to live off of the over-burdened American taxpayer!
We’ve recently learned unelected government agencies like the IRS and EPA have been used to persecute political enemies by those in power. Clearly a blatant abuse of power. Our every email and phone call is recorded and stored by the NSA. We read of lists of Americans who will be imprisoned should martial law be imposed because they are viewed as unsympathetic to government. Big Brother is watching 24/7. I read today that Google will be able to store everything in every human’s mind in 30 years. I hope their memory is better than mine. Again, I ask….are Americans free?
AWD also asks, if we are not free, at what point is there revolt? Many are content to let their elected officials do their bidding in protecting constitutional rights. How is that working? Conservatives must rely on the wussypants Republican Party. And what is the Republican Party hard at work accomplishing these days? Giving amnesty to illegal aliens who will most assuredly vote for Democrats making the wussypants Republican Party extinct! Brilliant!
Half of America are mooching proles content to sit back and live off of the dwindling number of producers. These are the worthless legions more concerned about what Kardashian is screwing what NBA basketball team than the creeping tyranny that is rapidly turning America into Venezuela. They are those who vote for a living rather than work. The other half are realizing their children will not inherit a country that provides the opportunity of success with hard work and sacrifice. Their children will be modern-day slaves working hard and live a lower standard of life while their earnings will go to pay massive debt created by corruptocrats in Washington for a big-government welfare state and fighting endless, senseless wars that cannot be won.
America was not built by welfare moochers or corrupt politicians. It was built by patriots who created wealth. Those who created wealth unfettered by an overpowering federal government. They didn’t have to kowtow to Departments of Labor, Education, Energy, Agriculture, Department of Homeland Security, EPA, etc and their legions of overpaid bureaucrats. But time has eroded the liberties that allowed and rewarded those patriots who created wealth at a rate never seen before or since worldwide. Those days are long gone.
The way AWD sees it…American are no longer free. Hard-working producers are slaves that are allowed to keep a pittance of the wealth they earn. And we have allowed it to happen. The Tea Party movement was 50 years too late and has only a handful in Congress who represent us. America no longer rewards success and wealth creation…it penalizes it. It rewards laziness and ignorance. All in the name of political correctness and socialism.
Is AWD wrong? Please tell me if I am and I might not be so depressed. As it stands, Peru is sounding better by the day! Viva libertad!
Oh, here’s the song AWD was listenting to. Live Free or Die by Hayes Carll from Houston: