The further along the campaign progresses and after reading and listening to many “experts” analyze the polls and draw their conclusions; I have decided that Madonna got it right in her 1985 song, “Material Girl”. We are no doubt living in a material world where things that are really just luxuries are now considered “necessities.” It’s clear to me that the economy is no doubt the main concern of the American people. I suspect that many of us think no further than this. From the beginning of this cycle, I have felt that Hillary was the biggest threat to our nation, but now I suspect we will “feel the burn” with Hillary, Bernie, or possibly even Trump. The dependence our nation has on the government is unreal and frightening.
Clearly many people are convinced that the government has to “fix America.” I believe the “We the People” concept that screams through our Constitution and Declaration of Independence has truly gone to the wayside. I think it’s time we admit that it may be time for us to write a Declaration of Dependence. Who will you vote to depend on to make your life all better? Which candidate will put the most cash in my pockets is all we seem to care about. I suspect that the majority of Americans simply believe that if the economy gets “fixed” everything will fall into place. The dependence we have now on our government is scary.
Hillary and Bernie believe that we need to give more of our hard-earned cash to government, so they can just dole it out to whoever they want. It’s considered evil now to have more than your neighbor. Folks will scream that the government is corrupt, yet want this government to be more and more involved in their lives, even if the government just simply punishes “those evil rich people” for them. Let’s pretend America had common sense for a moment. When Washington is in charge and takes more money from us, is it ever just the “rich” that take the hit? Sure, the government can tax the rich more, but how does that help folks who need jobs from the businesses entrepreneurs create? The less money they have, the less they can hire. It’s simple. How does “punishing” a hardworking successful person by taking more of their hard earned cash help the poor? Is it really fair to say the “rich people” are the only greedy ones? Don’t we all look around us and see some have more than us and some less? How is it considered a “selfless act” to take money from someone you perceive as having more than you? That seems a bit greedy to me. So both sides point the finger at each other and the battle rages on.
Donald Trump is clearly a huge favorite and could very possibly be our next Republican nominee. He says he will make America great again. Trump may implement some capitalistic principles back into our failing economy and put some cash back into the hands of the people. That really is quite possible and it seems many Americans would agree with me. Bernie and Hillary just want to continue to make stealing lawful. Trump is promising to fix everything for us and many love what he is saying. The Donald promises to get the economy back on track by making deals. He seems to get away with not giving many specifics. He might be thinking that we need to shrink government and put the power back in the hands of the people or he might be planning to “make deals” with businesses he thinks are winners. Who knows? It’s hard to tell with him. I just hope folks aren’t looking to rely totally on him either. It is obvious by now that many are willing to depend on the Donald to help them make and keep more cash.
What’s one thing all three of these people have in common? They all want to fix the economy for us, but I don’t hear any of them talking about individual responsibility or telling us that we need to get back to relying on our Constitution and God. They all seem to believe, just like the American people, that the economy is the biggest problem. They just have different ideas about how to acquire the material things they feel are necessary for the American people to be satisfied. I understand that many honestly feel desperate because of the failing economy, but I truly believe that our nation will never prosper again, unless we get back to reading and studying our Constitution and Bibles and applying what we learn.
The Bible tells us:
But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
1 Timothy 6: 9-10.
It’s not wrong to have money, but money in the hands of people who have turned away from God will get ugly really fast. These verses apply to everyone who desires to be rich. I think this election cycle clearly demonstrates the desire to be rich is way out of control.