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Where Has The Republic Gone?

Long time passing…

The Gunner’s Blog recently mused on the very principles which The United States was alleged to have been founded.

And how they largely no longer exist:

America? It is gone.

My America, the homeland I honored as the highest expression of freedom’s ideals, is no more. Limited government and sweeping individual liberty are things of the past. So is the business environment that sometimes allowed little David companies to become giant killers. We are burdened by taxes, by rules and red tape and the odious creed of political correctness.What happened was that people abandoned God and good as their guiding lights. America has never been a very religious country, but for a long time the cultural influence of Christ’s gospel was felt–honored only partially and quite inconsistently, but present none the less and tacitly accepted as a good thing. Now, though, some even openly call the gospel a bad thing. Few ever consider looking to it for moral guidance. This moral end-swap has left us without moral guidance. What we have instead is the desire to impose moralisms, often invented ones, on other people.So the country that started out with people promising freedom to their neighbors in return for their own freedoms–their neighbors as themselves–now has become a hive of busybodies. Everyone thinks ‘there oughta be a law’ and oddly enough it is always other people’s behavior they think it about. The idea that you create freedoms by imposing laws is entirely backwards. The word ‘freedom’ is appropriated and misused in arguments for restrictions, probably because it is traditionally a popular word in American politics. But it would seem we have forgotten what the dictionary says it means.As I read the history books, great nations do not end in sudden cataclysm but decline slowly into folly and despair. They end not with a bang but a whimper. Where once proud Romans stood, illiterate peasants tended olives and vegetables through the long Dark Ages. The great overarching lesson of history is that people fail to learn the great overarching lesson of history.
It’s George Santayana all over again!
And, I HATE having him quoted to me, and to have the quote be correct!
(PS – this is my 2000th post!  Thank you for stopping by – Guffaw)

About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


4 thoughts on “Where Has The Republic Gone?

  1. 2000 posts? Nice. Please keep ’em coming! 🙂

    the country that started out promising freedom has become a hive of busybodies
    Ain’t that the truth.
    I understand when people want to help society by telling them that too much drinking, eating, drugging, anger, etc. is bad for them. Knowledge and reflection on *why* someone is overdoing it can add to folks quality of life and help them make smarter choices.
    But the busybodies don’t stop at advice.
    They want to think for everyone because they do it better than you do. We used to call that a “Police State”, now it’s business as usual. Thanks for your concern Mr & Mrs Busybody but I can manage my life just fine.

    Posted by KM | April 11, 2015, 11:28 am
  2. I think it’s been happening ever since the first lawyer got into Government and decided he could tangle-up the words of the Constitution to mean what he wanted it to mean. As far back as Daniel Webster among others…
    Our problem is one of sheer numbers of self-protective busybodies, and their suffocating weight in the public square and the administrative offices of Leviathan Gov.

    Posted by NotClauswitz | April 11, 2015, 3:46 pm

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