Two of my favorite world leaders, Winston Churchill and Ronald Reagan were true statesmen. They were honest and both perceived the greatness of the human spirit and decried any form of governmental control that subdued that spirit. Both clearly decried the dangers of a socialist type government. Churchill famously stated “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy. It’s inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”
Reagan understood clearly governments innate ability to screw up almost everything it tried to manage when he said: “Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases. “If it moves tax it. If it keeps moving regulate it. If it stops moving subsidize it.”
Americans will soon be faced with the choice of electing a president who will either stop the advance of socialism or a president who will continue to feed the monster of government by spending as if there were no tomorrow. Liberal policies that breed dependance on the government have done nothing historically speaking but create citizens bereft of the pioneer spirit that made America the greatest country in the world. America is the standard of freedom and ingenuity in the world for two reasons. The light of democracy represented by the flame held high by the statue of liberty, and the grinding wheels of capitalism driven by the indomitable American spirit and its desire for personal achievement. Increased intrusion of government into the lives of the citizenry do nothing but dim the flame of democracy and clog the wheels of capitalism.
Give me a statesman (woman) who will stop the transformation of America into a bastion of dependency and return it to the cradle of hope for the “teeming masses yearning to be free.”
One thing I know. Such a statesman will never be found in the ranks of liberalism.