Thanks for that Fred. We are in agreement. I will ALWAYS get behind my country. However, I will also always fear my government as long as it continues down the path it is on.
I don't really feel "free" in a system that takes over $400 from MY paycheck for taxes. I don't mind so much when the money is used right (by right I mean keeps our roads good, keeps our parks nice, and keeps our State Police out on patrol), but when the money is used for Obama Phones, to keep inmates with life sentences that are so sick with cancer it costs hundreds of thousands to keep them alive IN PRISON, and the rows of low income housing in town full to the brim with single, drugged out mom's with 7 kids, I get a little upset. Especially, like I have said in a different post, when I am in line at the local shopping center and the lady in front of me is paying for a cart full of food with food stamps and talking on an Iphone. Then I get even MORE upset. I worked my ass off to get to where I am, and I am still middle class. I am the only one of my siblings to go to and finish college. I am STILL paying for it because I had to pay for it myself and I got LOANS. I couldn't claim independant and get all that nice free money because I lived at home with my parents, so I got LOANS that now, at age 35, I am still writing a check for every month. I then got into a great job and busted my ass to get where I am. To see people leech off the government and to watch them chip away the money I EARNED to feed, clothe, or give free medical to someone who chose to drop out and get knocked up PISSES ME OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And the funny part is, we as a family still continue to donate money to local charties, take all the kids old clothes to drop offs, and fill boxes with canned goods when our kid's school has a food drive.
I don't really feel "free" when a government can tell me what I can or cannot do with my body either. By that I mean, I shouldn't HAVE to wear a seat belt. I shouldn't HAVE to wear a helmet. I am a grown ass man, if I chose to not do those things who am I hurting besides myself? We finally overturned that stupid helmet law, but you get my drift. Also, we have organizations like the ATF, DEA, etc. that focus on and spend billions of dollars on monitoring drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and guns? WTF? Seriously. You want to bring this country out of recession? Stop the war on drugs first. Allow free trade of them into the country, have drug houses where the stuff is legal and is monitored, and let the freaks go there, pay out the ass, put a tax on it like cigs, and have your fun. We allow people to drink, which kills more people then all the other drugs combined, but we dont allow people to walk into a store and buy weed? No way. We spend billions stopping weed while people die every single day from smoking and drinking. Why is it that our government allows alcohol and tobacco? Because it can tax it and make that money. Here in PA, our liquor stores are STATE OWNED. Hmmm.... The same could go for drug businesses as well. Just my 2 cents.
As of today, 11/17/2012, this is still the greatest place in the world to live. Will it still be in 4 years? I doubt it. And that scares the hell out of me. I am now and will always be a Patriot. The flag I fly will never run, but the evil deeds of men in power may very well make her die a terrible death.