While reading Alexander Hamilton's words in The Federalist Papers this evening (no. 73), I ran across these brilliant words: "...restrain the excess of lawmaking."
In this presidential election year, my hope is that so many things can change for the better. I would like to see term limits in both the House and the Senate. I would like to see those elected officials, as well as the POTUS, fix our $15 trillion national deficit. It's well past time to not only balance the budget but to pay off debt. We need leaders who won't apologize for doing the hard thing. If we don't seriously cut wasteful spending and abolish useless and unnecessary government programs and entities (e.g. U.S. Department of Education), there will come a time, I'm afraid, when we will lose our freedoms. We will be indebted to foreign power and to those whom we owe debt to as a nation.
I fear that unless we stop the terrible, fiscally irresponsible pathway we are on that there will be cities and counties and even states within the union that will go bankrupt. Bankruptcy and bailouts cripple the people. Indebtedness makes slaves of you and me. I dare not think of what crises will occur and what systems, laws and socio-political impacts should occur if a city or county folds to the state or if a state becomes helpless and owned by the federal government. Sadly, this political and geographical bankruptcy has begun; it started just a few short weeks ago.
We need restoration of American principles--principles upon which this government and this blessed land were founded upon. Americans should have a choice of healthcare and liberty. The government must be smaller. We must go back to our roots: The Constitution. We need less making of complex laws and more responsibility. We need a strong military. We need a less complicated tax system. We need to have Americans want to keep jobs in America, not run to, say, Ireland to establish headquarters for their multi-billion dollar companies because of the low taxes in Ireland. We need to have headquarters in lands all across the United States with no government interference. We need American's who will work and we need work here in America--not Mexico, not India, not China.
We need to drastically change the welfare program from a free dole. We need to restore America or we will, by and by, lose our freedoms and liberties that Revolutionaries fought and died to establish and preserve.
We need to give; we need to help our families and our neighbors. We will have to take lessons from the Polynesian and Asian cultures by taking care of our elderly mothers and fathers. The day will soon come when hundreds of thousands of men and women will not have any retirement...or any social security funds. We need law makers and a national Executive who will not make promises they or the American people cannot keep.
We owe it to ourselves and to our posterity.