What is a prepper? A prepper is foremost an optimist. He is self-reliant. He wants minimal governmental intrusion in his personal life. He just wants to be left alone, not bothering anyone and not being bothered. Which of course is increasingly difficult in these days of ‘governmental help’. My grandfather of the WWI generation and those before him were preppers of the like we cannot imagine today; self reliant, independent, proud, hard working.
The Preamble states the purpose of our Declaration of Independence and proclaims, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” These few words were once considered the most consequential words of the English language and proclaimed the high moral standard, which these United States once strove to achieve.
The Framers understood all too well what happens when rights originate with the government and wanted no part of such a system. They understood well both the origin of rights and the goal of governments.
We have replaced individual initiative (the pursuit of happiness) with government granted entitlements. Social Security was not such a bad idea at the time. President Grant had no retirement and ended his days as a pauper. President Truman had to rely on his US Army pension after serving in the White House. As we all realize today, the problem with Social Security is that it was regularly raided as an alternative source of funds. This wasn’t a problem so long as the population was growing, but alas here are we, the Baby Boom Generation, a generation that failed to achieve the reproductive fecundity (which may not be such a bad thing) of the Greatest Generation, and now the till is empty because our elected representatives were incapable of maintaining our retirement accounts with integrity. People of the Depression era remembered bank failures, well hey, so does this generation, but the failures of that era weren’t made right by Uncle Sam so Congress in its wisdom passed banking laws that protected individual deposits at banks having a federal charter and this was good. First tier medicine is expensive so our elected representatives enacted Medicare and Medicaid for those who couldn’t afford to be ill. Some people (including the very elderly) are unable to physically work but that doesn’t obviate their need for nourishment so we have Food Stamps, pardon me SNAP (Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program) because we don’t want people to feel bad about using Food Stamps. Charity from the individual and charity from the church is small time compared to that possible by Uncle Sugar.
Entitlements? I cannot find anyplace in the framer’s documents regarding entitlements. Yet, there are now more than 200 Federal entitlement programs. Entitlement programs consume more than 60% of the budget. Is it any wonder that our citizens look first to Uncle Sam for help? One need only look at the Indian Reservations to see the end result of government ‘help.’ Government help is destructive of initiative, destructive of character, and destructive of individual rights. An employee of the US Department of Agriculture told me that a bad day in the department was when their famer died. That’s right folks, there are more employees of the Department of Agriculture than there are farmers. Each family in the US would have to cough up about one half million dollars to pay off our national debt but hey, everyone wants something for nothing. We are not indentured but our children sure are. Because most families cannot even pay their doctor bills, we now have the ultimate entitlement in Obamacare that will either totally break the federal till or greatly diminish the current standard of medical care – and our standard of social security, and our standard this, and our standard that, ad nauseam until these United States are just one more third world country.
The Ship of State can be turned around. It is not too late and it can be accomplished peacefully at the polls. I’ve said it before and say it again; any politician serving more than two terms is a professional politician whose primary goal is to get re-elected. Turn these professionals out. Turn them out now! On a local level, ask your sheriff, county judge, mayor, and other elected officials, specifics about his party platform. If he cannot intelligently discuss the platform, he is just using that for cover and is a worst species of politician. He is a cheat. Remember readers, every people have the government they deserve.
By Panhandle Rancher