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  • Morning Bell: The American Dream Is In Jeopardy

    Companies like General Electric and Caterpillar might sound as American as apple pie, but like many other multinational firms, which employ a fifth of all American workers, they’re cutting back on their domestic workforces and increasing hiring overseas. That disturbing trend points to a serious problem in the United States: the Land of the Free is not the attractive place to do business that it once was.

    Big government policies are setting us on a path away from a fundamental freedom we cherish—one the Founders strove to preserve. It’s the freedom to pursue the American dream—economic freedom—that, tragically, is in jeopardy.

    When many folks think about freedom, the first thing that comes to mind is the freedom of speech and religion, the right to bear arms, to vote, or to have a trial by a jury of their peers. Though it isn’t enumerated in the Bill of Rights, economic freedom is just as important. In The Heritage Foundation’s “Understanding America” series, Kim R. Holmes, Ph.D. and Matthew Spalding, Ph.D. explain why it is so important:

    America’s founders knew that liberty is about more than just securing political freedoms. True liberty requires economic freedom—the ability to profit from our own ideas and labor, to work, produce, consume, own, trade, and invest according to our own choices. Thomas Jefferson underscored that point when he observed that “a wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement.”

    The desire to control one’s freedom to pursue happiness was at the heart of the American Revolution. That freedom was in short supply as the colonies suffered under economic policies over which they had no say. That sentiment sounds familiar to many Americans today as they watch our government grow unchecked with trillion-dollar deficits and an entitlement crisis waiting to smother future generations. That frustration gave birth to the Tea Party movement and the conservative tidal wave in the November 2010 elections. Americans were right to be concerned.

    Sadly, the United States is no longer economically “the Land of the Free.” According to The Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom, the United States ranks ninth internationally, behind such countries as Denmark, Canada, and first-place Hong Kong. And that’s all due to huge increases in government spending, which was supposed to combat unemployment and spur economic growth. But that growth hasn’t happened, and instead the American economy is handcuffed by taxes and regulations that have strangled creativity, productivity, and competition, all of which are at the core of economic freedom.

    And now we’re seeing the results. As The Wall Street Journal reports, “companies cut their work forces in the U.S. by 2.9 million during the 2000s while increasing employment overseas by 2.4 million.” That’s in stark contrast from a decade ago, when for every job U.S. multinational companies created abroad, they created nearly two jobs here in America, according to economist Matthew Slaughter.

    Though President Obama might pay lip service to Americans’ desire to rein in government, he’s late to the party. From Obamacare to a nearly trillion dollar stimulus bill, trillions in new debt, a $26.1 billion government union bailout, and more, President Obama and the previous Congress have given us plenty of reasons to question their commitment to reform government and restore economic freedom.

    With the arrival of the Tea Party movement, the culture of Washington began to change, and the trending topic in D.C. became fiscal restraint, not government largesse. That’s good news for those who want to ensure that America remains the Land of the Free.

    Quick Hits:

    • Wall Street is worried about Washington. Credit rating firm Standard & Poor’s announced yesterday a “negative” outlook on U.S. debt.
    • Worry over the economy and rising gas prices are driving down President Barack Obama’s approval ratings. According to a Washington Post-ABC news poll, 57 percent disapprove of the president’s handling of the economy.
    • The Supreme Court today will hear arguments over whether citizens and state officials have the power to force U.S. power companies to cut their carbon dioxide emissions.
    • The new chair of the Democratic National Committee, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz (D-FL), is sponsoring a bill to extend screening requirements to all gun purchases, commercial or private.
    • For the past two weeks, Paul Krugman of The New York Times has relentlessly engaged in dishonest critiques of Heritage’s analysis of the Ryan budget plan. Here’s a response from Heritage’s Bill Beach.
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    40 Responses to Morning Bell: The American Dream Is In Jeopardy

    1. elizabeth groves says:

      cheap labor. It can not be for tax breaks since most do not pay any federal tax.

    2. Stirling, Pennsylvan says:

      It's a no-brainer for Private (for Profit) business to make decisions based on pro or anti-business Government Policy, and will go where ever they have to go in order to keep their doors open and making money. This Administration unfortunately thinks for some reason that to be "acceptable" they must run the private sector like the public sector which can never result in anything but bankruptcy (due to the nature of the public sector destroying wealth which the private sector creates). When the government demonizes companies (which is just individuals working together) they are actually demonizing us as citizens for acting on our God given right to be free.

    3. Carol USA says:

      From Ayn Rand; Atlas Shrugged (excelent movie)

      In their efforts, these "men of the mind" hope to demonstrate that a world in which the individual is not free to create is doomed, that civilization cannot exist where men are slave to society and government, and that the distruction of the profit motive leads to the collapse of society. This was 57 years ago.

      Coming true today

    4. Robert, North Richla says:

      Bingo! Our confiscatory payroll taxes are the leading cause. Payroll taxes were 3% (total) in 1950 (back when our economy really grew) and they are 17% today

      (if you include FUTA unemployment taxes). Companies that move jobs to China, India, Vietnam, Taiwan, and South America pay zero payroll tax. Employment regulations are equally damaging. American employers risk wrongful-termination lawsuits; workmens compensation lawsuits; frivolous unemployment claims and they lack the ability to hire the best candidate due to equal opportunity laws and the threat of government action. In some cases employers have to hire a less qualified applicant – and then do not have the freedom to fire that person if they do not produce. We hear a lot today about "right to work" laws, our employers need the "right to hire" and the "right to fire" – which they also had in the 1950's.

      Back then a person could get a job in one or two days – today the job search process can take one to two years. While we planted the Tea Party tree, it has not bore any fruit yet.

    5. KC - New Mexico says:

      This is tragic. We have a crumbling infrastructure, we have an education system that does not produce, we have a military that desperately needs upgrades, we are in debt up to our eyeballs, apathy is everywhere, liberal protestors are downright nasty but the media tolerates their display, slightly less than 50% do not contribute to funding this country, we have a hand out society that does not give back but only expects more, we are overrun by governmental unions, foreign countries laugh at us and only want to keep us around for the foreign aid, radical Muslim terrorists still want us destroyed, Mexican drug lords can’t be controlled along the border and bottom line, we have professional politicians including the president that don’t give a damn!

      The republicans are stressed about having Trump gaining momentum as a candidate. He is not a professional politician which may be exactly what is needed. At least he can tell it like it is and is not afraid that he might insult someone or minority group. An idea to win back this country would be a Trump/Michele Bachmann or Trump/Gary Johnson ticket. The pain in getting this country back on track will be tough; those that cannot take the pain should leave. This country was built on the backs of strong people who worked and contributed. Today we are weak – time for change. Not the change Obama spoke of 4 years ago, but real change for the survival of America.

    6. Lee-White Tanks AZ says:

      Global Fascism has been with us since the end of WWII. Dwight Eisenhower was the first senior politician to give it a name, to whit, "The Military Industrial Complex"

      Today I would recommend Jonah Goldberg's book, Liberal Fascism. When the global fascist movement is combined with the Alinsky's writings (and Community Organizing and the Politics of Change) and Black Liberation Theology one has the caustic brew now gnawing at the vitals of our struggling nation. The newly minted Urban Marxism with Global Fascism, an exceedingly nasty combination.

      I commend The Heritage Foundation, theirs is one of the few places where one can go to see our problems outlined and discussed in a quietly reasonable way.

    7. Gary C, Waxhaw, NC. says:

      I coulda predicted it: new crop of R reps goes to DC full of promise, drinks the Potamac water and "grows" in office. Expected cuts/savings go from $100B to $61B to $30B now it's estimated "savings will be around $850M. Nice job! Guess it will take decades of election cycles til they get the idea.

      But in reality, it's too late. It's not 1980 and there's no Ronaldus Magnus on the horizon. The left & unions are entrenched propped up by all but FNC, Rs and conservatives want to "kill kids and grandma". How do ya counter that?

    8. Vicki Bryson, Gruver says:

      I cannot believe that this country does not realize the unions have priced themselves out of a job. That is why the companies and jobs are leaving. Simple economics.

    9. Bill Downey, Massach says:

      Two thoughts:

      1) Who do we have to blame for out of control spending policies? Ourselves. We have deluded ourselves that government can resolve all our problems, allowing not only excessive spending but also government intrusion into our daily lives. We elect the President and Congress, we haven't been paying attention to their actions and the effects of those actions.

      2) How amazing is it that our present government insitists on economic freedom as a cornerstone for our new MENA policy, but continues to restrict and actually constrict our own economic freedom?

    10. randydutton says:

      We have to be willing to end the bailouts, subsidies, loan guarantees, and tax loopholes. Is Heritage willing to lead that charge?

      No more agriculture subsidies.

      No more biofuel and green technology subsidies.

    11. gerald skey, princet says:

      Although I consider myself a conservative by nature, I disagree with some of your premises. True, we have lost employment in the US but not for the reasons you cite. Over the past 20 years or so, this planet has become far smaller in terms of access. Countries such as Brazil, India and China have become giants in international trade. And intercontinental trade has become commonplace. What made the US vulnerable is one word – wages. With ease of transport and burgeoning new markets, companies began to look at their business models and discovered a simple truth. Most companies can manufacture exactly the same products in markets where everything from construction costs to labor are far less expensive than in the US. Furthermore, as companies began to look outside the US for manufacturing locations, they found governments that were more than happy to make their countries business friendly. Giiven these facts, which are beyond dispute, why would anyone not have expected exactly what happened. Job loss – in the millions. why pay $20 an hour for labor that can be purchased elsewhere for $20 a week? My fear is that we remian powerless to alter the paradigm. This is the reality of the 21st century. We have, like all great civiliations before us, lost the family and educational discipline to compete. It is not about bad teachers – it is about broken families where parents refuse to instill discipline – where children are coddled lest they acquire a new "syndrome" – it is about entitlements where individuals demand what they claim are their "rights" without even knowing what rights they have – it is about living within our means as though liquid crystal television sets are included in the Bill of Rights – it about instant gratification where we cannot have a conversation or discussion that lasts for more than 3 minutes – it is about civility where most obstacles are met with anger and resentlment rather than an attempt to see the other person's perspective. And yes, it is about handouts to people who have learned that it is far easier to demand than to work.

      There is a great deal wrong with the US today – I hope that somewhere along the way, our politicians will understand that not everything is about the next election. IN a sense we ar eplaying catch-up with other countries in education as we refuse to acknowledge that it is our society's failure and not just the failure of schools.

    12. Robert H. Davidson says:

      The largest part of Freedom and Happiness is the right to own Property. the Idea the founders knew very well and you completely left out of your article!

    13. charles labounty says:

      So, how do we get the dem commie out of our Whitehouse?

    14. Leon Lundquist, Dura says:

      The Bad News is that Obama has no intention of solving our problem! You said it, this President gives lip service, lip service only! That means he is preparing to deflect blame when it all goes to flinders! He'll say "This Government doesn't work! I said so!" But he will not say how he and his gangster cronies from Chicago made it Not Work! Obama will be able to say 'I told you so' without actually having to solve anything. That's what you get when you are saying all the right things and doing None of the right things! Obama is always giving lip service to all sides of every issue! He was both ways about adding poisonous Dispersants to the Gulf Oil Spill. Remember?

      You rightly point out how Obama is talking the talk, but his 2012 Budget does absolutely nothing to reduce spending. Just when Businesses thought it might be safe to Invest and Create Jobs, Boom! Obama says we are going to Raise Taxes on the Rich! Again! Not 90 days from the reinstitution of the Bush Tax 'Cuts' Obama is up to his old tricks! Using his Bully Pulpet to harm Job Creation by introducing more and more Uncertainty for Business! I don't know about you, but I want to call him on it, Obama is intentionally Running Down the American Economy! If you track all the crazy things Obama's Administration is doing? Really, the Left Wingers are making War on Americans! (Again!)

      The last time I saw this stuff, it was the Big Housing Crisis! One thing after another hit the Economy, like hammer blows! Then, Obama was effecting the Stock Market with his Electioneering rhetoric! McCain chided him for it! (But you will notice RINOs never quite call him out, they are so 'decent!' It makes you sick.) So here we go again, headed for a Second American Economic Crash (worse than a double dip) and Obama is doing everything possible to stoke the flames! When he lit the Arab World on fire it was the Second Hit for Big Oil! The death blow is in his 2012 Budget, "No more tax breaks for Oil Companies!"

      What? When did the Oil Companies ever get a 'tax break?' The Government already takes three times the profit out of Oil that the Oil Companies do! Can you honestly call it a tax break? A Subsidy? This is like the American Health Care Industry won't go down right away, Obama will keep hammering away at it! (Illegally, if he has to!) So it is a Business Fact, the Obama Administration will do everything in its power to harm American Business! Entrepreneurship will be completely illegal very soon, you won't get a license to do anything! The American Dream is dead, and for Republicans who wish to restore it? "What? Do you think I am stupid?" says Obama. No sir. I think you are a Traitor.

    15. Ben C., Ann Arbor, M says:

      One of my employees asked me this morning "Ben, when do you think it will be all over for us?" My response is "five years if nothing is done, ten years if it’s only cursory." I explained to her the relationship of the Federal Reserve and the Internal Revenue Service and why it is so important that we fundamentally change how the Federal government pays its bills. I explained to her why the current rhetoric in Congress is nothing more than hot air and we are arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. I explained to her why “taxing the rich” sounds so Robin Hood but the combined wealth of the rich won’t cover 1/3 of the National Debt even if they are taxed at 100%. I also explained to her that prior to last year I didn't have a clue on how any of this worked and by attending our local Tea Party I am a better informed citizen. Sorry about your luck Ken Jarvis – we are not going away.

    16. Victor Barney, LeHig says:

      When? When Teddy Roosevelt became President? When Wilson became President?

      When FDR became President? When Carter became President? When Obama became President? How about 1912, when women and blacks got the right to vote?

      Just saying…

    17. Frank Wrabel says:

      It is incredible how far we have strayed from the thoughts and aspirations of our founding fathers for our nation. American business men and women are forced to send jobs overseas because of the negative business climate and an outright assault on capitalism here at home. We must return to being the home of the free and brave.

      The administration's handling of the budget and debt is destructive to our nation's future. I am disappointed with the Republican alternatives because they do not cut government spending but rather the interests on the debt. I have yet to see a proposal where the size of the government's budget decreases from year to year.

    18. Suzanne, Florida says:

      Close your eyes & you can imagine that King George III, is now in control of our country. We have tolerated too much for too long. Thinking that Washington can solve our problems rather than accepting the wisdom of citizens has found us in this untenable situation. When both the Congress and the Supreme Court are excluded from all decision making by a small group of idiologues in the Whitehouse we can only hope we survive until November, 2012.

    19. Lloyd Scallan (New O says:

      Is the author Mike Brownsfield that naive to suggest that Obama, Democrats, and a few old guard GOP will ever "commit to reform government and restore economy freedom"? Does Mike not understand Obama has no desire to

      do anything to improve the American Dream. To the contrary, Obama is doing everything he can to end our American way of life. From spending us into oblivion. Take from the people that work to earn a living and give it to those that refuse towork, Stops us from taping into our own oil deposits, which drives up not only the cost of gas, but increases the cost of everything we use in our daily lives.

      When will enough people recognize Obama, aided by the main stream media and many in Congress,simply do not tell the truth. He lies and hides his true intentions. Any thought that for any reason Obama will change if absolutely foolish.

    20. Hermes C LIBERTY New says:

      Of course the Tea-Party is the right and overwhelmingly just response to what is now evident; the slow decay, both induced by virulent enemies and brought about naturally by the erosion of time, this friend and enemy of any thinking man. The Rhythm of our trajectory developpment changed at GW Bush's time, taking the downward direction. This Rhythm was, IS however insidiously accelerated by an almost invisible (to most of us) enemy.

      Once more it is crucial that we Conservatives and we American understand that the only chance for salvation -and even leading once more- reside in our Second r-Evolution; the movement towards and around which all should spend time and our creative energies.

      An error occured in our Constitution, is actually used by the Enemy who tries to divert from what he rightfully sees as a transcendant oncoming towards what we continue to call for: this Renewing of US, us in order to solve in an effective way most if not all of our actual problems. Be ready to help Hermes Candidacy. He is mostly only known here for now.

    21. DJ GOLIO says:

      Your points leading up to the statement that we have plenty of reasons to question to committment to debt reduction by Mr. Obama and his liberal spending democratic party colleagues, we also have major reasons to make sure they are voted out in the next national election. This man we would call president together with his liberal democratic party have done more damage to the United States of America as a nation from within (in terms of our economy, American spirity and status as the number one world power and leader of the free world) than a foreign power could inflict on us if we were attacked and occupied.

    22. Neal Davis, Sr., Pho says:

      How can we, as hard working – middle class – Americans, both active and retired, get information like this in front of Congress (our Representatives & Senators)? I have written both my Representative and two Senators often with specific concerns and more recently, sent a three page certified letter to the Senators and no answer to date. I mailed it in October 2010! We NEED to get a large number of people across the country to march on the Capitol with these and other like concerns. The two party system is polarized – it's broken! Any ideas? Thank you.

    23. Patrick Hicks - Sedo says:

      Why do we go on with this endless reporting? Obama knows exactly what he's doing – collapsing the USA from within. The sooner we acknowledge this the sooner we can have a plan to stop him.

    24. Derick Moore, Colora says:

      We frequently read that Hong Kong has the most free economy. I have no doubt that is true. However to make this statistic more meaningful and flesh it out, I for one would appreciate having the accompanying statistics of employment, poverty, religious freedom, education (compulsory, literacy, and higher), and some kind of a wrap up that includes the kind of retirement the average person enjoys.

      Are they saddled with unemployment taxes, anything like Social Security, compulsory 'group' medical payments, etc?

      Maybe I can make this more meaningful with a question! "Should I think about moving there?"

      Derick Moore

    25. Martin, Oakland CA says:

      The arguments above largely blame the loss of american jobs to foreign countries on Goverment Regulation and taxes and resultant loss of individual freedom and corporate profits. How then do we explain why the majority of those jobs went to China a country not known for freedom or lack of government regulation or low taxes.

      A more logical explanation for the loss of american jobs is that in some countries workers are paid less for the amount they produce than americans are.

    26. michael j mudrak car says:

      Iam quickly coming to the conclusion that government is to far to the left for man or

      women to correct without the helping hand of GOD.

      Please pray for nation and put God back in country!!!

    27. RennyG Maryland says:

      this man is implimenting the ALINSKY model of government. you can't stop him!!! Under the Alinsky model nothing makes sense unless you are a part of it.

      I suggest cutting "all" government, federal and states and unions, salary by 5-10%. We have paid for their wages, which are above the private sector, their benifit package and allowed them suck money from us.

      How about some sacrifices??? Does anyone know what that would amount to?? Can't do it because it might have an effect in the POLES!!!

      I wonder if MR TRUMPH is concerned about the poles?????

    28. Gilbert Doan, Ardmor says:

      I fear the joker in this deck is that workers are free to organize – and to price themselves out of any market they choose….and employers to

      find workers whose wages make sense to those who must pay them.

      You pays your money…..

    29. Frank, Florida says:

      I fully agree with Leon Lundquist above. Obama gives lip service to all sides of every issue, then proceeds with his hard left, increasing Unconstitutional big government ideology, increasing budget deficits, higher taxes & more regulations. No wonder our businesses are moving overseas (what's left of it).

      Our nation cannot survive this! If only more Americans would wake up & return to the small, limited, Constitutional Federal government as intended by our Founding Fathers. But this crises has been slowly building for decades and has basically been ignored. Obama has simply accelerated the problem. Both major parties have been big government Progressivists. Rarely was there a "Voice crying in the wilderness" warning us to repent of our ways & return to our founding principles & fiscal sanity. The Tea Party is trying, but I fear it is too little, too late.

      The good thing is that our "American Empire" will collapse along with our fiscal collapse & things will eventually get better as we relearn the lessons our Founding Fathers tried to warn us of. We will recall hundreds of thousands of soldiers overseas, start to mind our own business again & close hundreds of bases around the world. By force, our Federal Government will drastically shrink & entitlements will be cut or eliminated. The bad thing is people will have to suffer through the consequences of our financial collapse. Sadly, politicians will pursue their own power & best interests over the best interests of the nation until we collapse.

      Maybe we will learn the second time around.

    30. Vitsing, VA says:

      And CAT's new facilities and hiring in the US is going to Right-to-Work States. Seems they have had enough of Unions and Illinois Tax's.

      OBTW foreign facilities and hiring are going on in the countries that use their products.

    31. Bernard P. Giroux, S says:

      Andy Groves, former founder and chair of Intel, wrote in the Bloomberg magazine last year that the U.S. has stopped "scaling". Scaling takes a business from a new entrepreneurship up to a stock held company, with the natural increase in facilities and employment along the way. Now, the "scaling" is skipped and new companies send their production lines offshore; that is jobs, facilities, machinery and equipment, intellectual property, etc. Not fair; not American and certainly not patriotic. American companies must be given the incentive to remain here. To produce here and to pay taxes here. Congress has to be turned upside down and inside out. Business and jobs have to come first; government last.

    32. Terry Easter Flag-Ma says:

      I don't believe the American Dream is in jeopardy

      as much as there are people willing to work for it.

    33. Gene, Lake Stevens, says:

      Without even reading this article I tend to agree with the author. The American Dream is indeed in JEOPARDY … rhymes with NEO PARTY. We are ALL to blame. We are igonorant of the facts. We are ignorant of the issues. We are ignorant of the value of the dollar. Which is the source which binds us together. Do you know what a dollar is? Ask yourself. Is it the value of your labor? Is it the real value of your life's saving's? Is it the value of your offspring's life in Vietnam or Iraq or Afghanistan? Is it the dollar which your American Corporation (which was founded here in this country) has sent around the world to earn the best interest it can, while demoting your own standard of living for the pure profit and enrichment of the Corporation? I proffer that the real value of a dollar is not it's weight in the interest it can earn, but in the gold it can keep. We have traded our gold for greed and thus our American Dream is in Jeopardy.

    34. toledofan says:

      The real problem is the size of the government and it's appetite for spending to buy votes. How many times in just the past 2.5 years have we heard that the rich don't pay enough and that the government needs to tax them more. Now anyone who makes over 250K is considered rich. Who cares that 50% of the population doesn't pay anything or that the entitlement spending has gotten so out of control. I mean we have a politcal party, the Democrats with the attitude who cares; they offer the status quo, more of the same and nothing of any substance other that to demonize those that disagree. Hello, these people have had control of Congress since 2007. Remember the names Pelosi, Reid, Frank, Durbin, Schummer, and the list goes on, these are the usual suspects that have gotten us into this mess and until they are voted out, not very much will change.

    35. Gene, Lake Stevens, says:

      The above is a good article. As is the following if a link to another blog is allowed.

      Sleepwalking into the Imperial Dark

      What It Feels Like When a Superpower Runs Off the Tracks

      by Tom Engelhardt

      http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/04/19-7

    36. Gene, Lake Stevens, says:

      I agree, government HAS gotten out of control, too big, too big to fail really. But I think our dilemma is that we don't all fully understand economics, monetary policy, keynesian vs. friedman economic model, the effect of the floating standard vs. the gold standard, how guys like Madoff and Ken Lay and all those other crooks swindled so many people, and why we fund the world's issues with our dollars and military power. I had my first round of unemployment starting in the early 90's, finally found work for the next 8 years then it started all over again, and forced into early retirement. I was taught in my quality control classes when I worked for corporate america that we should focus on "the issue or specific behavior" and not the person. I think this should apply to how we view our representatives. Instead of hurling insults at these people, whether one likes them or not, we need to focus on what they are doing that is contributing to the problem. They may be drinking too much coffee or alcohol and therefore can't think clearly. They may be losing sleep at night due to all the stress of having so much responsibility. They may have lost sight of their real goal as our representatives because they are too influenced by the resulting wealth of holding office and the heavy influence of corporate lobbyists. Or they are too wealthy to begin with and therefore don't live in the same world we live in. But, they are human just like us. If we put ourselves in their shoes I'll bet we would be caught up in the swarm of confusion that is government just like they are. So, I guess that's why many of us have become more activist and are now attending to these issues and calling out our representatives. The problem is we don't all see it the same way. It's not that government is too big, the country is too big.

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    38. Eleni, Bedminster, N says:

      With freedom comes great responsibility and accountability. First and foremost we are accountable to Almighty God from whom all good things come. Yet, we live in culture that has thumbed its nose at a Holy God. We have not assumed our God-given responsibilities that come with the freedom God has so graciously and abundantly blessed us with. Take, for example, the holocaust of the unborn. We live in a country that now cares more about animals than babies, implementing programs and laws to stop animal abuse but yet using the law to permit the murder of the unborn. That's the antithesis of mercy and justice and an abuse of freedom if ever there was any!! Another example is the very aggressive homosexual agenda being pushed down the throats of all Americans under the guise of "civil rights." The objective of the movement is to change the law so that by changing the law, those that are seeking validation, will feel the law somehow now makes homosexuality morally acceptable. The problem with our country is not the loss of the American Dream – the problem with our country is immorality. We have the audacity to sing "God Bless America" before major sports events and yet we refuse to Bless God. Perhaps the best thing that has happened to us in a long time is having a President in office who is helping to bring the country to its knees. Perhaps when we fall to our knees as a nation then we can begin to look up and set our sights much higher than the so-called American Dream. The loss of the so-called American Dream might be a mercy after all.

    39. Jeanne Stotler,Woodb says:

      On Monday I stood on Bunker Hill, then went to "Old North Church " and by Paul Revere's grave and by the cemeteries where many victims of the Boston Massacre lie. This was "Patriot Day" and while I walked the streets and saw the sights I thought of my forfathers and how brave they were and how outnumbered and out trained. Today we are in the middle of a new Revolution, we will not meet at Bunker Hill or on any other battle field, this time we will meet at the ballot box and our main battle will be to keep this HONEST. Just last week we saw an attempt to delete votes fom an intire county in the election of a federal Judge, if they would go this far for a udge what will they be capable of doing in a Presidential election, particularly when BHO wants to stay at 1600 Penn Av. very bad. Let us all get some of the courage that the Colonist had ad win this battle.

    40. Blair Franconia, NH says:

      The American Dream is on life support.

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