Steadily, and without much opposition, the federal government is taking over America’s business, industries, financial institutions and — in the end — our way of life.
Uncle Sam now owns major pieces of some of this country’s largest financial institutions. The administration of Barack Obama feels it has the authority to tell the CEO of America’s largest auto maker to resign and that CEO meekly complies.
Coming up soon: National health care. Government by the people, for the people and of the people is becoming government over the people: All government all the time, 24/7.
What happened to free enterprise? What happened to private initiative? What happened to America?
The corrupt administration of George W. Bush left town with America mortally wounded, breathing only on life support. Brack Obama and his minions roared into office and pulled the plug on the America we once knew and set about to replace it with with an even more totalitarian government that seeks to control all aspects of our lives.
And most Americans, weary of the many abuses of Bush and his henchmen (and women), seem willing to sit back and let it happen.
Obama, true to his Democratic roots, sees big government as the answer to all the ills that infect this nation. When in doubt, pump more tax dollars into failing companies. Drown problems in federal money. We can worry about how to pay for all this later.
In reality, the American free enterprise system has been falling apart for decades, driven by the greed of Wall Street, the shortsighted policies of both Republicans and Democrats and the willingness of voters to look the other ways as long as it meant money in their own pockets.
Perhaps the damage is so great that nationalism and a more socialistic form of government are the only answers but we have to hope there is another solution. Surely, the answer is not a government that provides to us from the cradle to the grave. Surely we are not headed for that often-predicted totalitarian system where freedom of thought is lost and the desire to succeed is snuffed by a welfare state.
Maybe. Maybe not. The standard solution out of Washington now is regulate and then regulate more. More oversight and more control all too often translate into less freedom, less choice and less individuality.
Will America the beautiful become America the dutiful where resistance is futile?
I hope not…but that hope is fading.