Yes. For some reason, it seems we need to.

The coming 2012 election should not be framed in ideology of Right versus Left, Republican vs. Democrat or Libertarian/Conservative vs. Liberal.

The main issue of this election is whether we the people of this country choose to enslave our neighbors using the machinery of mob rule democracy or reclaim our lost liberties and return to the original intent of our Constitutional Republic. That is the issue.

Either you are an asset to society or you are a burden on it.

The 2012 election should be framed in light of the government’s unbridled over-expansion. Today, the US government in engaged in an unhinged, un-American mission to encourage sloth and preach entitlement theology, enabled and encouraged by the uninformed citizen and the educated elitist alike while funding the assault on the backs of the very people they prostitute but claim to protect: the everyday American.

This is but one example from The Heritage Foundation 2011 Budget Chart Book

The world the Statists would establish is one of dependency on government as a patriarch who makes even the most mundane decisions for us and therefore, as a child of government, we will have no rights or property except what illusion they would allow.

This election is about American versus un-American.

It’s about Freedom versus Slavery.

I’ve been thinking along these lines for a while. After all, what is governmental redistribution of wealth but slavery? But the possibility that there may be more people in this country who are against America as founded than are for it really hit home when I saw this retweeted from Pat Dollard last week:

@MerlePearl Merle

Scary, but true. RT @PatDollard If Obama wins the next election, then there aren’t enough Americans left for it to be America anymore.

To which I replied:

Too true. Unfortunate as well is, that knowledge could serve to energize either base.

Have too many Americans forgotten what it means to be uniquely American?

It’s a bit terrifying to me that we’ve come this far down the road to Socialism, Communism or Statism. Call it what you will, but the America we thought we knew is teetering on the precipice of a debt cliff caused by overspending on unearned entitlements. If it is not reversed, America simply can not survive. No country can, or ever has when using the economic model being employed.

It’s as if there is some genetic defect that keeps mutating every generation, eating away at our Self Reliance Gene. Everywhere you look, before acting, (pod) people stop and ask themselves what kind of government subsidy can they get for doing A, B or C or what entity they need approval from to do X, Y or Z, or boast to a co-worker about how much Uncle Sam gave him for his clunker or how much they received from some other such government incentive program. Where do you think that money comes from?

It is through slow, methodical, generational training that you feel these things are normal.

Once upon a glorious free country, you needed only the approval of your heart and a fearless ambition to pursue whatever you set in your mind to. As long as no-one else or their property was harmed, then by all means, go ahead. You were free to succeed and free also to fail. Now, that freedom to act at will has been taken from us. We must get a permit to do just about anything. Someone or some entity must approve of your plans before you can break ground on a homestead, start a business or attempt to market your latest invention, all under the guise of government knowing better than you. Slowly, generation by generation, the evil that is an unrestrained government has eaten away at the American foundation of self reliance.

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.

C. S. Lewis
English essayist & juvenile novelist (1898 – 1963)

Make no mistake folks, this election is about the survival of America as she was founded.

It will be the single most important election in which you ever will cast a vote. America lives or dies in 2012. This election is about defining what it means to be an American. The true definition of an American has been gerrymandered and perverted by the media, in legislation and regulation and in the halls of “higher education.”

“Concentrated power is not rendered harmless by the good intentions of those who create it.”
Milton Friedman

The true definition of an American has been diluted by diversity and diffused by political correctness. Our defining characteristic, what makes us Americans, has in some cases been stolen along with our dignity. We must reclaim our pride in our American heritage and reassert our love of liberty by standing up to the detractors, the apologists, the America haters and the would be en-slavers.

This election is about American self reliance versus forced servitude. It is also about framing the question as such.

The good news is that, according to the Obama administration, the rich will pay for everything. The bad news is that, according to the Obama administration, you’re rich.
P. J. O’Rourke

It is un-American to take from your neighbor so that you may have what he doesn’t.

It is also un-American to take from someone who works so that you don’t have to. Right now there are working class people who toil away at their jobs under threat of losing their livelihood if they show up late, fail a drug test, are insubordinate to their employer or any number of prerequisites for employment while at the same time, the people who benefit from those stolen monies are not required to adhere to any such standards. That is un-American to its core. It is also thievery.

In America today one can’t get a decent job without background checks and drug tests and aptitude tests and any number of requirements for employment. It’s a circus of flaming hoops, but we do it because we love our families, we still have our pride and we need to make money to survive. What pride the takers once had, they exchanged for a welfare check or a stack of food stamps and a cell phone at the behest of a ‘benevolent’ government. Without renouncing their selfish attitude, is there any question to what they will vote for? They will vote for more of your money and they will do so because of generational training.

These people are our brothers and sisters. They are our fellow Americans. They don’t desire our pity, nor would we grant them any. They have simply lost their feeling of self worth and may not even be aware of it. I believe some of them deep down, know or suspect the wrong they are doing, the harm they inflict on their own country, but peer pressure and the entitlement culture beckon them to stay in the fold. Sadly, the ultimate irony is, the problem was created by the very bureaucrats they vote to keep in office, urged to do so by demagogue leaders willing to sell them down the road to maintain their own minor pedestals of power. It is a fact that inequity exists in the American system, truly, it exists in all governments to some degree, but one cannot legislate equality of outcome, only equality of opportunity. That is the promise of America’s Constitution.

That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.
Abraham Lincoln

When the politicians and political hypochondriacs scream that some true libertarian/conservative wants to end Social Security or that the TEA Party wants to kill grandma or end some so-called entitlement, they are selling all Americans into slavery, plain and simple.

We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.
Abraham Lincoln

It’s time for Americans to re-claim what it means to be a true American.

Instead of thinking “What is government going to give me?” (What can I take from my neighbor?), we need to think about what we can do for our neighbors.

Like the Founders before us, we can give them freedom. It’s up to all of us to keep it.

That is what it means to be a true American.

A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.

Gerald Ford

Further Reading:

Change, Intervention, and Dependency

Individual Rights Vs. The Collective

Man Under a Totalitarian State Functions Differently than a Man Under Liberty

UPDATE: Graciously linked at The Other McCain, Caught Him With A Corndog & Adrienne’s Corner. Thanks!

UPDATE II: The Lonely Conservative links in.

UPDATE III: Doug Ross links.

UPDATE IV: The Troglopundit links in from his Wisconsin cave dwellings.

UPDATE V: Linked by A Conservative Pup. Arf!

UPDATE VI: Linked at NoOneOfAnyImport, The Classic Liberal and The Camp of the Saints. – Thanks!

UPDATE VII: Peace or Freedom throw us some linkage. TYVM

UPDATE VIII: Linked at Wyblog. – Thanks!

  • Teresa May 1, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Excellent post, Robot!!! Will be linked in my post today. The problem is the younger generations’ “need” or have a perceived need for immediate gratification. They want what people worked hard to achieve over many years, in a more immediate fashion. That’s is just isn’t how the world works. Plus, envy is sinful and I see this among many of the younger crowd as well, along with those hippies, socialists, and progressives who just simply grown out of the toddler stage.

  • Red May 1, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    You make a great, even better, point with the question “Have too many Americans forgotten what it means to be uniquely American?” than with what most folks do; that being to argue in favor of a political party’s dogma. Bravo sir ;-) I believe this generation has a dim recollection of what it means to be American and have instead embraced the glossy aspects of globalization and socialism. They are ill-informed and inexperienced. They don’t know my America. I don’t know if this generation ever will.

  • Red May 1, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Totally linked with blockquote @ Corndog.

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  • Bunni May 1, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Very well said, Robot! All the quotes were spot on too!
    This next election WILL decide the fate of America. I sure pray it turns out
    better than the last one.

  • RandyG May 1, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Outstanding post MNR, I hope and pray America(the real America) comes out and votes in 2012.

  • Blue May 1, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    The “Progressives” have been teaching our children since at least 1972. Today’s teachers have been taught by the Progressives. They know nothing else. They know no better.

    “Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.”
    ~~Vladimir Lenin

    We have our work cut out for us…. :)

  • Linda May 1, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Ooh, the ‘bot’s on fire today. On FIRE.

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  • Lisa | Being An American Mom May 1, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    I found you from The Lonely Conservative. Fabulous post. I wish this could be read by every American. I am praying for a step in a different direction for 2012.

  • The Conservative Lady May 1, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Wonderful post. It will be linked to at TCL FB.

  • Matt May 1, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Great post Robot! Also, thanks for the linkage sir!

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    2012 will go down as a defining moment in U.S. history.

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  • RSS Ronald Reagan May 2, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    This was an amazing post! You’ve eloquently expressed many of the thoughts that I (and others) have either been unable to find the correct words for…or else simply too timid to say. The language was almost Reaganesque in its boldness. Kudos!

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  • robot May 2, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Thanks everyone for the links and the kind words.

  • Red May 2, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    we will always have to fight for our liberty at some level because our government refuses to tell the truth. Ever. I know I am not that jaded. I have yet to hear a single word of truth come from Washington. This whole Osama being killed? Can you say ‘writ of habeas corpus”? I need more than a photo and a vial of blood to convince me. Sorry.

    • robot May 3, 2011 at 9:50 am

      I’m with you Red. Everything they do is distraction and subterfuge. I trust nothing.

  • Conservative Pup May 3, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Thanks for coming by my place, and adding me to your site. I really appreciate that. Great post, and very worthy of sharing, glad to see so many others have shared it. Have a ‘woof-i-ful’ day!


  • Martin May 3, 2011 at 10:55 am

    This is the best thing I’ve read here. Well done.

    • robot May 3, 2011 at 11:19 am

      Thanks, Martin. Sometimes a blind hog finds an acorn.

  • Country Thinker May 4, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    The only quibble I have is “[E]ither you are an asset to society or you are a burden on it.”
    There is no society, only you and me. Collectivism begins with the belief that there is an entity larger than one. (Hence the fallacy of “aggregate demand” popular in economics.)

    Consequently, no one can be a “burden” on a non-existent collective entity. There can only be those individuals who, for a myriad of reasons, take without permission.

  • Fuzzy May 5, 2011 at 4:32 am

    Awesome post! I’ve had it bookmarked for days (got all side-tracked with the bin Laden stuff), and am glad I came back to it and read it through.

    • robot May 5, 2011 at 12:26 pm

      Thanks Fuzzy. You just made my day. :)
      It’s nice to be noticed by someone who’s writing I admire tremendously.

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  • Frank Koza May 5, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    I would propose a change to the Constitution to get the Federal government out of states rights once and for all since they obviously can’t figure out the intent of the 10th Amendment that their powers are specifically enumerated and limited. Let individual states themselves determine if they want to be socialistic or capitalistic or whatever. Let the people move freely to where they want to be. And no bailouts of states that fail, well managed ones will thrive, but let the poorly managed ones whither and die as their disillusioned masses scream for social justice.

    Get the Feds out of our pockets and let them dicker with the 50 states and protectorates about how much they each must fork over for a good national defense, sending clowns around to fart around with international treaties, and making sure the states all play nice-nice with each other in regards to interstate commerce and interstate economic warfare. All services that are to be directly billed to the states based on percentages according to their populations doing away with the 16th and direct taxes. Let’s just see if the top 1% can buy up all the state of Rhode Island to cut their contribution – hah.

    It’s great to see states start to take matters back into their own hands like Utah attempting to use eminent domain against the Feds and others seriously looking at employing nullification of the unConstitutional drivel being produced by Congress.

    Sorry, just looked like a spot to deposit some incoherent ramblings and incomplete thoughts meant more to get minds thinking outta da box than being offered as a solution to anything. :)

    Overall awesome post, Bot! Loved it! Keep it up, mate!

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