A positive from shutdown: gaining some independence

October 17, 2013 

There are some positive results from the government shutdown that many overlook.

The media and left-leaning politicians tell us that without government operations to take care of our needs, we are lost and unable to help ourselves. Before so many people became dependent on government to supply their needs, there was no choice but to furnish their own needs.

The longer time that lapses without government care-taking, the more capable people will become in taking care of themselves. That may be the greatest fear of politicians -- that voters will no longer need them and learn how to vote more intelligently.

The practice of taking from the productive to buy the votes and support of the non-productive would no longer benefit politicians in their effort to enslave the American public to government dependence. Until we elect honest and honorable leadership, true security will never be attained.

Proverbs 11:14 tells us, "Without wise leadership, a nation falls; with many counselors, there is safety."

Wise leaders are difficult to elect today, because they espouse policies that make us more free and self-sufficient. An example of one who exhibited self-reliance and discipline is James F. Byrnes, a former South Carolina politician who became a lawyer by reading law and not attending law school. He observed, "Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem more afraid of life than death."

D. Merrill Adams


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