I’ve been away for a few days and I can’t say I’m glad to be back. I’m slowly recovering from the culture shock that I’ve recently experienced.
The Missus and I took a trip to the “North Country” which might as well have been a trip to another planet given the astonishing difference in the people found there. “Up North” people are distinguishable in that they actually want to work for a living. They want to provide for their own and they want to help their neighbors succeed as well.
Their singularity was witnessed at breakfast in a “Mom and Pop” diner where the waitress reminded one group of four men, dressed in work clothes, that it was time to get to work. At another table, two tables really, a group of about a dozen elderly gentlemen discussing the issues of the day (rightly complaining that their freedoms were being taken away by the Federal government) when said waitress reminded them that they had wives and homes and had chores that needed tending.
People up north tend to look out for each other. They seem to better understand that their own prosperity depends on the success of their neighbors. It boils down to personal responsibility and accountability to the community. What a startling contrast to what we see in Wayne County.
Here we see far too many, holding the notorious “me first” attitude, that sit and whine because their welfare check is late or their unemployment is about to run out. They demand to be served while offering nothing for the betterment of their community. They have “rights” after all. The only way to get these folks involved with their communities is to tie their service to their bounty.
The odd thing is that everywhere I go in Wayne County I see “Now Hiring” signs in local businesses. Where are all the applicants?
As I’ve stated in a previous article, Wayne County voted by a three to one margin in favor of Barak Obama because he promised to “spread the wealth around.” Far too many Wayne County voters want a handout, not a job. The prevailing attitude seems to be “why work when I can get free ‘Obama money’?”
In the Bible it is stated that if a man doesn’t work, he doesn’t eat. It doesn’t take a genius to see that we’ve moved in the opposite direction of that simple truth. The question we now face is what direction are we headed?
In poll after poll respondents say the country is headed in the wrong direction, but the polls never ask what direction the country should be going. Given the level of debt that all stages of government are wallowing in, it can be easily seen that we are headed for a literal hell on earth.
In no way can this state, let alone this country, sustain this steadily increasing level of government dependence by the people and its associated debt. It’s not too late to turn things around.
Come November, we have a choice. The thinking individual will vote in favor of personal responsibility and accountability to our neighbors and away from any dependence upon failing government programs.
A move in the direction of personal responsibility might just lead to improvements in individual self-image, a self-respect grounded in reality, and subsequently a respect of others which may very well grow into a love of neighbor that has dissipated over the last several decades.
What a disaster that would be, that we love one another once again.