Happy birthday, America. Most Independence Days put me in a patriotic mood. While I'm grateful for what our veterans have done for us, I'm a bit somber this July 4.
I miss the leadership and values that were inherent to our grandfathers' and great-grandfathers' generations. I'm concerned the ideals and values that shaped this great nation are slowly eroding away.
I realize I'm preaching to the choir here. Of all the demographic groups in this nation, you'd be hard pressed to find a group more committed to this country's future than farmers.
Yet, it seems more and more folks look forward to scooping up any little payday offered by our Federal Government. Even though I'm flustered by our government's willingness to offer such handouts, I'm more irritated at a general population that continually accepts these gifts without a moment's thought as to who paid for them.
It seems folks have lost their overall sense of civic duty. Rather than taking care of themselves, they're quick to rely on the government for protection, subsidies, income, etc. We've gone from a populace of contributors to a nation of takers.
This Independence Day, I'd like folks to stop and think about whether they're truly acting in an independent manner that our forefathers would be proud of. I do not think our veterans put their lives on the line for a nation that is becoming dependent upon the government. In the simplest terms, "Earn your keep."
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