Though Election Day is here, many of you have already voted. I hope you voted wisely, and I hope those of you who haven’t yet voted will vote wisely.
It’s bad enough that Joe Biden, who may become the next vice president, made a statement in an interview with Katie Couric that during the crash of 1929, President Roosevelt got on the television to talk to Americans. Neither Roosevelts were president then, nor did Americans have TVs. Biden also tells us that "jobs" is a three-letter word. It’s funny to me that the very people who criticized Bush’s intelligence are willing to put this man into office without question.
But more importantly, Obama and Biden are talking about "spreading the wealth around." This sounds good if you are someone with a lower income, a fixed income or even a working middle class person like myself just trying to make ends meet.
But it’s a trap, folks. Watch out. Communist leaders once told their people the very same thing. They told their people that no one would be in poverty, everyone would have the same. It sounds like all those ads about ending poverty that celebrities are doing. Sounds like a dream come true, doesn’t it?
But it really isn’t. Ask someone from the former Soviet Union or Cuba. They escaped their countries and came here to experience the freedoms we enjoy and take for granted, and they see us heading in the same direction as their former homelands.
I can’t help but wonder if this is the sort of "change" Obama is talking about. Has anyone heard about the Fairness Doctrine? It’s what Democrats like Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, among others, want to use to silence any news source that doesn’t share their political views so we’ll not be informed the way we choose to be. That is equivalent to what the Communists did to control what their people read and heard.
It is an outrage that this sort of thing is even considered in the United States. We got independence to escape big government and tyranny. Now we are gradually becoming more like the nation we got our independence from. Great Britain is not only a nanny state in its own right but is even selling its own sovereignty to an even bigger bureaucracy, the European Union. Is that what we want to become?
The more we ask of government, the more we allow it to control every aspect of our lives until there are no freedoms left. It has been a gradual process over the decades. I’ve noticed we are a much more government-regulated nation now than when I was a kid in the ’80s.
But putting Obama and Biden in the White House just might be a nail in the coffin. It’s time to turn off the pop videos, reality shows and celebrity nonsense that too many people call news and start paying close attention to what is really going on and who is leading.
If we don’t, we’ll one day wonder what happened to the nation that used to be free. We’ll have no one to blame but ourselves. Only then there will be no such thing as a constitutional right to speak up and no new land to escape to to start over.
Denise Patrick Walker