by Lloyd Marcus
Decades of socialist/progressive indoctrination in our schools, media, and culture, plus six years of Obama, have yielded a devastating unspoken consequence. It is the loss of who we use to be as Americans.
In his 1961 Inaugural Address, President John F. Kennedy said, “My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” Democrats have perverted Kennedy’s inspiring challenge. Their dispiriting goal is to have as many Americans as possible controlled by and dependent on government, even for life itself, which is at the root of Obamacare.
I mourn the loss of the independent, self-reliant mindset that made our parents great, and of the pride and dignity it generated within them. Welfare (government assistance) was a last resort and for the truly needy.
Today, far too many Americans see no shame in living on government assistance or defrauding the system. The left’s campaign, led by the Obama administration, to instill an entitlement mindset in many has proven successful. The administration even campaigned targeting minorities, discouraging their instinct to be self-reliant. Even worse, the administration portrays getting on welfare as the honorable thing to do. Dear Lord, what kind of nation are we becoming?
An unprecedented 47 million Americans are on food stamps, which is riddled with fraud. The Obama administration has added over 10,000 new oppressive job-killing regulations. Consequently, 90 million are unemployed and on unemployment, which is also riddled with fraudulent claims. Here’s another first for America: over 11 million are receiving disability benefits… Many of these claims are also riddled with fraud. Clearly, many believe that working is for suckers when the government is handing out freebies.
In his War on Achievers, Obama used his bully pulpit to deflate business owners by saying, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that.” Obama and his operatives use compassionate-sounding terms such as “social justice” and “income inequality” to justify the government confiscating the earnings of achievers and redistributing it to non-achievers to win their votes. Despicable.
My heart aches for my America, when character, excellence, and hard work were rewarded, celebrated, and respected.
At 9 or 10 years old, I worked part-time for my neighbor, Mr. Buddy Roy. I pulled the copper out of old motors for him to sell. I still remember the pride I felt making my own money.
In the early 1950s, blacks were allowed to take the entrance test for the Baltimore City Fire Department. My dad applied, and Mom helped. My parents sought opportunity, not handouts. Talk about a strong black woman – though compassionate and loving, Mom could be a tough, no-nonsense person.
I remember my parents sitting at the kitchen table, a glass turned upside-down between them, with mom tapping on the glass with a spoon. She was simulating the different bell sounds that alerted the firefighters to various situations. She would yell at my dad, “No, that’s wrong, stupid! Listen and get it right!” Thanks to my drill sergeant mom, Dad was among a handful of blacks who became Baltimore City’s first black firefighters.
Being a pioneer is never easy. Dad endured humiliating work conditions and blatant racism. Still, Dad relished the opportunity. Thanks to his Christian faith, Dad won admiration and respect by fighting racism and hate with excellence. He won “Firefighter of the Year” two times.
That mindset of putting one’s best foot forward and striving for loftier standards is what I fear we are rapidly losing as Americans. Apparently, character is no longer expected in our leaders. President Obama is caught repeatedly lying to the American people, and the response is, “Ho-hum, let’s move on.”
The trend is to celebrate deadbeats, entitlement junkies, haters of achievers, and assorted lowlifes. For example, the Democrats and mainstream media loved the Occupy Wall Street mobs. People were assaulted and even raped at their angry mob gatherings. Severely infected with an entitlement mindset, Occupiers dumped feces in a public building, demanding that the government redistribute wealth to them.
Meanwhile, the left continues its shameful, relentless demonizing and slandering the Tea Party with unfounded allegations of racism. The Obama administration has plotted to criminalize free speech (the Tea Party). Folks, we are talking decent hard-working Americans who are simply pushing back against Obama’s shock-and-awe assault on our freedoms, liberty, and culture.
Tax cheat Democrat Rep. Charlie Rangel compared the Tea Party to Hamas terrorists. Mr. Rangel is either a loudmouth clueless idiot or a despicable, evil human being. Leftists like Rangel who throw unfounded, irresponsible “hate” grenades at millions of Americans should be called on it. Inciting racial division is extremely serious.
Amid the unbelievably long list of scandals, crimes, and misdemeanors of the Obama regime, the damage that this evil man and his minions have done to the internal make-up of many Americans is extremely disturbing and heartbreaking.
Please view me performing my song, “We Are Americans,” which I wrote to remind us of who we use to be – and I believe a majority still are – as Americans. I have faith that the liberals’, socialists’, and progressives’ toxic disease of entitlement thinking has not reached critical mass.
My fellow Americans, we are exceptional, a chosen people. We are Americans!
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