A Letter To My Kids

“…. In short, I have reached my tipping point as it relates to change. I have lost myletterwriting ability to trust anyone in political power along with any faith that my voice is being heard.  The ruling class independent of party affiliation, is less concerned about the wellbeing of our Constitution and our country than it is with manipulating their own political self interest. My protest is specifically directed toward the Progressive ideology espoused by those with whom you have given your loyalty. ……”

“In my eyes, the changes in Washington these days are an unveiled power grab by the government away from the private sector. Healthcare, climate change, financial woes, and corporate malfeasance are simply canards that easily disguise and distract those from the utter audacity of their behavior…..”

 Dear Kids,

I feel I need  to explain why it was so important for me to go to Washington, DC recently to speak with some members of Congress. Simply put, I went to express my overall dissatisfaction with their work. It isn’t often that you engage me on political matters and it’s important for you to understand my motives.

I know your generation grew weary of the preceding political administration and saw a bold, fresh face with a charismatic presence as the way to make your own statement of dissatisfaction and set a new course. You built your loyalties on campaign promises for a better tomorrow. I understand.  I did the same thing in the 70’s with Jimmy Carter. Unfortunately, loyalty often compels you to cling to the person and the emotion surrounding the promises even as the methods of achieving them unfold and you find yourself becoming more and more uncomfortable with the original deal. So goes the cult of personality when image and ideology cloud the bigger, more important picture.

You know I am not an activist and I gave up my party affiliation when they lost their way and decided the rules they enacted didn’t apply to them. You also know I do my homework and don’t make rash decisions about foundational issues, especially when they represent massive change to long standing institutions.

In short, I have reached my tipping point as it relates to change. I have lost my ability to trust anyone in political power along with any faith that my voice is being heard.  The ruling class independent of party affiliation, is less concerned about the wellbeing of our Constitution and our country than it is with manipulating their own political self interest. My protest is specifically directed toward the Progressive ideology espoused by those with whom you have given your loyalty.

In my eyes, the changes in Washington these days are an unveiled power grab by the government away from the private sector. Healthcare, climate change, financial woes, and corporate malfeasance are simply canards that easily disguise and distract those from the utter audacity of their behavior.

It may sound trite but I went to D.C. for you and your generation. The wholesale  ideological change being sold by the ruling class is fraught with unintended consequences. At your stage in life you are incapable of seeing this coming but they will strangle your ability to prosper as an individual and make you increasingly more dependent on a government that is far better at taking away than it is at giving back. With each governmental intrusion into your liberties; personal, professional, and social, the noose gets tighter.           

Central to our recent conversation, the health care proposal coming out of DC is most troubling. As public sentiment continues to sink for this issue the administration has taken to bullying the passage of virtually any version of a health care bill so long as it succeeds at putting in place larger mechanisms needed to take away power from the private sector and assign it to the government while commensurate wealth transfer payments are made to manufacture a certain social equality. That health care bill that will not be better, it will not be cheaper, it will not be universal, and most importantly it will further restrict your freedoms. No Conservative true to principles of fiscal responsibility and limited government will vote for it because they do not want their fingerprints on it. Forget about the bi-partisanship your man promised in the campaign.

Everything done these days on Washington is geared toward an aggressive move away from our American foundation laid 233 years ago. People earn certain labels as a result of their actions. The actions of those that control the federal landscape have, at the very least, a Marxist ideology as their reference material.

I don’t make these comments in a vacuum. Their strategy and subsequent actions are nothing new. It is worth noting that the hinge pin in movements of Mussolini, Hitler, and Stalin was an obsession with government administered healthcare and engaging a youth movement to carry the message. There are many other analogies that could be made but today, we’re talking healthcare. If those two examples don’t work for you, try these a little closer to home; Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson,  FDR, and LBJ‘s Great Society. Certainly, I am not comparing the current administration with the values of any of these people on a personal level; especially, Hitler, Stalin, and Mussolini. I do however, make a direct comparison to their collective Progressive ideologies. 

My sons, especially for you as entrepreneurs and small business owners, this political ideology should concern you greatly as you endeavor toward a certain level of success.

The basic concepts of free markets, private sector enterprise, risk-reward decision making,  a limited government subservient to you and me, and a whole list of other freedoms that we have enjoyed and taken for granted are being squeezed out by a small group of ideologues that aren’t about to “let any crisis go to waste”.

What is happening over the last year has turned this country on its ear. The train is not slowing down even though public support has tanked. I can only interpret this as indifference and arrogance on the part of those that control our government and an abdication of their responsibility to represent the people that elect them. While they seem to hear your voice in local town meetings and put on a caring face to match their words, they totally forget we exist when they return to DC.  So much for our representative republic.

All of this matters because every bit of it comes with a price tag. As a country we are broke; nothing in the wallet, credit cards tapped out, seconds and thirds on the mortgage, and a stack of unpaid bills sitting on desk. What is currently being politically engineered represents the height of fiscal irresponsibility.

It’s okay for us to disagree politically but there is no excuse not to connect certain dots, especially when they lead so clearly away from our strengths as nation.

Love, dad

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One Response

  1. Shout it from the treetops, Scott.

    Moving and brilliant.

    It’s one thing to be inept; it’s quite another to be “ept” at intentionally destroying the foundation of our country.

    Some things can’t be reversed. If you cut off your fingertips, and then throw them in the disposal, guess what? No microsurgery or other miracle will give them back to you.

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