Robisms - Does the Internet Make Us Closer as a Civilization

I have these sayings, my wife calls them Robisms. The one I wish to share today is: although with the internet we are capable of being closer as a civilization than ever before we are further apart than ever.

Recently there was a massive earthquake in Haiti. The people of these United States once again showed their compassion and heart by donating what is approaching almost a trillion dollars. While money isn’t going to help those that lost loved ones it will help a ravaged country get back on its feet.

We have an unemployment rate around 17% when you factor in all the information. We all (it seems) know someone that is laid off. There are other families that are on fixed incomes, still more that are receiving help from the state. There are many more that are neighbors, friends “or just someone from the block”. Where is the help for them? Why is it easier for us to write a check for people in a different country than it is to help our neighbors?

While we face many challenges with the weakened state of our economy; prices, medical care, and taxes are all going up. We are afraid. We have a fear that we are going to lose our job, or business. A fear that we are going to get taxed so all our comfort money is going to disappear. So many uncertainties and no one seems to be giving answers.

Recently I saw a petition going around that claimed we should support drug testing people that are receiving state and/or federal assistance. While I support the idea behind it; I can’t support further limiting freedom.

Healthcare is looming. Although 60-70% of Americans are against it Nanci Pelosi and company have made every threat and intention known that they are going full steam ahead. Forgetting about the fact that we are supposed to live in a representative republic. What I can’t understand is why anyone would be for it. I have financial struggles. While I don’t require assistance for anything I am certainly not financially secure as I know most people feel the same way.

We live in a country that was founded by men that said:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. (Declaration of Independence)

These men wanted it made clear. We the people give “our” just consent not the other way around. They offered us the hope, (the same hope our President doesn’t understand) in these simple words:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. (Preamble to the Constitution)

Posterity is what most of us miss. Let alone that we don’t really understand what posterity means. So I will define it. It means how we want future people to view us. So I ask: would people that believe in the right of each other to run the government be on board with our government deciding proper amounts of water used to flush our toilets? Would they be okay with the FCC tacking on a small tax to our phone bills every month (or would they even be okay with an FCC)?

We need to ask if we really are the greatest country on earth then why do people in other countries see more generosity from those that live 100 yards up the road? The truth is we are falling. Not from differences of party or politics but from God. Marx believed that in order to make a civilization want government control you had to take their soul. Are we there, I ask you? Where is the soul of a country that turns its back on their neighbors to help those far away? Where is our heart?

George Washington and company stood up for what was right and they faced the most feared armies on earth and a 33% approval rating when they first started. We are worried about how we’ll transport our children if the government outlaws S.U.V.’s. Jefferson said that if we embraced security rather than liberty we deserved neither and right now those questions are coming. If you haven’t seen the vanity run amuck in D.C. enough to stand and fight what are you waiting for? This time the enemy is not coming with guns and bombs they are here with their bagged media and fancy slogans. The weak have already fallen.

One of the founders quotes I like best is very simple in concept and deadly true. All evil needs to succeed is for good men to do nothing. Are you good men (or women)?

Rob Huxley
Candidate for State Representative, District 3 NH