“ NO BIRD SOARS TOO HIGH, IF HE SOARS WITH HIS OWN WINGS ”……………………………… William Blake
Last night I watched the Democratic debates. I was quite surprised; some sounded sincere and possibly Presidential.
Bernie has worn me out. He does not have a cool and calm demeanor. That concerns me. I am not yet discounting Eliz. Warren. Nor the "LOVE" author who has no clue as to what she is attempting to get involved in; and how did she deserve a place on the stage?
The rest all have some good ideas. One thing stands out, and that is the desire of most of them to inject the Government into my private life. I am weary of that. I prefer my independence, to have and make my own decisions and choices.
One other item that bothers me is that all of them are extremely wealthy. Yet, instead of retaining and sharing the pride and satisfaction of entrepreneurship within the citizenry, they lean toward government support. Is that how they became so wealthy?
Of course, I understand Bernie got his third house by "political comradeship", and I have reason to believe that is not just a rumor. The house I refer to is on or near Lake Champlain in Northern Vermont.
It appears to me these very wealthy people want to keep all the money and opportunities to themselves, their families and friends. They will make us their dependents! They will obliterate the "American Dream"!
My Parents couldn't afford my education. I worked full time, went to school part time; and it only took me ten years! I paid off my loan in less than five years. Due process and diligence, along with determination, and my pride is still intact. No one owns me!!
(I probably could have saved some time, but I needed to party a little bit to maintain my social status)
I have a good friend who cleaned houses in between classes, on weekends, Summertime.
Where is the work ethic today?? Why is there such a need and desire to be a dependent? Have we become so immature, so childish, so lacking in confidence, that we can no longer survive without depending on others?
I remember shortly after moving to Northern New York State, I became a volunteer on the local Ambulance squad. On a call to the local ski resort I and another woman started to lift the stretcher, and the injured young ladies father reached to help us. His friend told him " .... don't bother, these are "mountain ladies", they don't need your help!.....". That was the first time I realized the work ethic and the self-reliance of these folks. And it was a good feeling. I have since attempted to carry my weight in these Mountains; and although I may never achieve the self-reliance the Natives have, I am proud to be counted in their number.
The current Administration is constantly accused of pandering to industry and the " 1% " wealthy folks. Yes, they do, they are taking care of their own just as we all do, but we must realize at the same time they are doing a great deal to help the rest of us to achieve our own fortunes. Many of the situations the incumbents are criticized and blamed for, were really "on the books" when they came into the Government. And the detractors know that; but they will say anything and do anything to make their opposition look bad.
There was a lot of criticisms last night that were invalid as their very own Party was holding up the process by not cooperating with their Congressional counterparts to achieve acceptable solutions. No one man or woman in Government is to blame. Our Republic form of Government ensures the separation of powers to alleviate any individual from standing above all others.
I will sum up with this: the children at the border, some of who were sold by parents to the bad guys, are not kept in "CAGES". They are kept in fenced-in areas to protect them as well as to keep them from wandering into the country before due process. They receive food, clothes, hygiene articles, and many other necessary items. This has been the ongoing situation for the past three or four Presidents, at least.
And if the Congressmen and Congresswomen would get together for some give and take, an acceptable solution could be reached.
I can only hope we can stop pointing the finger. Our situation today is the result of many, many years of Government overreach, as well as the citizenship lack of involvement. It is our Government, and it is time for us to do the governing.
Jean Frances Coulard 7/31/19