“I believe in the wisdom of the Common Man and the ultimate honesty of the Free Enterprise System; tempered with brotherly love.” Tex 110595; With respects to Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Andrew Jackson and Jesus of Nazareth.
When I think about America, I think America was and is the first great hope of freedom in the history of mankind. When I think that regular folks toiled under the tyranny of dictators and kings for tens of thousands of years and only just now, in the last few seconds of time (relatively speaking), have regular men and women been granted the freedom to make up their own minds about how they would live, what God they would worship, and how they’d make a living, I marvel. Forever, before America, nobody thought the common man had enough sense to come in out of the rain, much less to govern his own life. Well, he does. Representative democracy works. Moderately tempered laissez faire capitalism works. (Yeah, I know that’s an oxymoron, but it’s right anyway.)
Before America, no small guy had a chance unless he sucked up to the big boys. Now, if he works hard, and smart, and takes care of the ones he came with, he will do well. And if he doesn’t like the situation, he can go down the road and start over; and still make it. America is almost supernatural. Don’t forget it. Don’t badmouth what America means in human history. It’s OK to cuss the players, but don’t cuss the system. It works.
By the way, so you’ll know. Economic freedom is tied to political freedom. If the government can tell you how to spend or not spend your money, it can tell you how to vote. Political freedom with socialism is no freedom at all. If the government controls the economy to any substantive degree, you are NOT free. What does this have to do with God? He put us here, and He is going to let us stay as long as it suits Him. We would do well to follow the admonition in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If My people, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves, and pray, and seek My Face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and forgive their sins, and heal their land.”