Will Edwinson

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Be Careful what you ask for—you might just git it.

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Greetings fellow readers.  Well, Rube’s back with more of his sage wisdom.  So without further adieu, I’ll turn the remainder of this post over to him.  Enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rube’s image by Lori Corbett – Third Raven Design
lcorbett@cableone.net

 

Howdy agin, folks. We hava a man actin’ as our president that thinks it’s goverment’s responsibility to provide a comfortable life fer the people, even them that ain’t citizens of this country. I reckon as how I might be able to agree with some of his philosophy, but not in the sense that he meant.

I believe, the same as the Founders; that goverment’s responsibility is to provide the means fer the people to create their own comfort.  By this, I mean it’s the goverment’s responsibility to provide pertection from foreign invaders;  provide police pertection,  fire pertection, and infrastructure such as roads, bridges, etc.; provide laws that allow fer orderliness, but exercise restraint  ever where else.

Old Jake Dewnuttin agrees with that Obama feller that is actin’ as our president who believes it’s goverment’s responsibility to provide “cradle to grave” benefits.  I don’t agree with that kinda thinkin’.  We are a country founded on rule of law, and I reckon as how that rule of law was meant to be our pertector,  but if’’n  we  give too much power over to goverment, it becomes our master.  The rule of law that our Foundin’ Fathers set forth was to pertect us from our government; not make us slaves to it.  I was readin’ where someone once wrote–and I wish I could remember who“–that the miracle which made America great in the beginning, was that she brought forth a breed of human being noted for its desire to do the right thing because common decency and common sense dictated common standards of conduct.  Because of this, each generation rose higher and higher on the ladder of civilization with genuine and lasting results.” I reckon as how we have we’ve sort of forgot that, and drifted away from that philosophy.  Them early Americans didn’t believe in a myriad of regulations and so-called “entitlement oriented” social legislation by goverment, because they understood it was an endangerment to freedom and to their well-bein’.

The phrase, “there ought to be a law,” took over our thinkin’ with a resultant barrage of regulatory laws bein’ entered onto the books.  Because of the law of unintended consequenses, the passin’ of one law invariably leads to the need of more laws, which leads to more regulation.  We’ve been caught up in a dangerous cycle, folks.  I believe we became lazy and adopted the notion that it’s easier to let the govrement solve our problems.    So much so, in fact, that I reckon as how the rule of law ain’t no longer our pertector, but is rapidly becomin’ our master.

Rule of law can be both a blessin’ and a curse, if ya ask me.  Under the principles set forth in our Constitution, and if we stick to what that feller I quoted above said, it can be a blessin’.  But when we allow ourselves to become wards of the state, which is what I believe is happenin’ in America today with our hue and cry for more regulatory laws callin’ for more goverment benefits and entitlements, I reckon as how it becomes a curse.  I reckon as how we better remember that goverments are never benevolent, folks.  The Foundin’ Fathers understood this.  They understood that if’goverments ain’t restrained, they  evolve into slave masters; and human nature bein’ what it is, laws which in the beginnin’  were sold with the intent of helpin’ the masses, will, I’m afeard, very likely in the end, enslave ’em.

I reckon as  how we Americans took a wrong fork in the road about a hunderd years ago when we followed the sign that said: “Progressive Road,” and we we’re on a very dangerous journey.  I’m thinkin’ we’re rapidly approachin’ a point in our history where our encroachin’ “administrative law” will eventually enslave us.  The blessin’ of rule of law only works when a people have a strong moral base and a strong sense of self-reliance.

And you know what else I’m thinkin’ folks?  The Good Lord separated us from the lower primates by givin’ us a brain to think and reason with.  I know he wants us to be aware of other people’s feelins’ and look out fer our fellow man, but He wants us to also use that thinkin’ part of our brain, too.  If ya ask me, I think we Americans hve been makin’ too many decisions lately base on emotion, instead of reason and common sense.

In closin’, I’ll say this.  To those who believe the goverment should be a doin a heap more to “help” the people in every aspect of their lives, from cradle to grave: “be very careful of what you lobby for.  You might just  git it; and much more.”

Now, for a bit of relaxin’ readin’ why not slip on up to upper right of this page and click on the free download button to get a free copy of Will’s book, Buddy…His Trials and Treasures.   I think you’ll be glad you did.  It’s a relaxin’ bunch of tales about a young boy growin’ up in rural America durin’ the 1940s.

And while your at it,why not click on the “Books” page and check out Will’s new novel LouIsa—Iron Dove Of The Frontier. I think you’ll like LouIsa. She’s quite an interestin’ gal. This new novel is now available fer purchase at www.amazon.com., and will be available soon in Kindle.

See ya next time,

—Rube

2 Responses to Be Careful what you ask for—you might just git it.

  • My Friend, Jake Doolittle, loves Obama for all the obvious reasons. Unfortunately, there are more and more Jake’s in the country because it almost makes sense to take what the government hands out so freely–especially if you’re a low income family struggling under heavy taxes and can get more after tax income by going on some form of aid, disability, or welfare. Plus, they can pick up some additional income working for cash in the underground economy.

    Problem is that this reaching out for aid creates a nation of law-breakers, and that gradually lowers the morality of our people. But when regulation and taxes become overly burdensome, one has to become a law-breaker just to get by. That is the fundamental evil of a nanny state–it reduces once independent individuals to begging, lying, cheats. Ironically, it hasn’t been the struggling poor who asked for all this–it was the arrogant self-righteous intellectuals who decided to “Change” America!

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