We come to this 4th of July as a great nation in self-imposed decline. We are at a crossroads in many ways. Our current path, both economically and politically, is unsustainable. Obama and the far left are trying to spend us into prosperity, they seek to massively expand entitlements, they seek to polarize our nation by class and race, and they are far along in the effort to change the very nature of our country by elevating secularism and atheism in place of our Judeo-Christian moral base. We have, as a nation, taken part in a dangerous fantasy at odds with the realities upon which our nation has been largely predicated. Many of those realities were memorialized nearly a century ago by a Presbyterian Minister, William Boetcker, and are well worth remembering this 4th of July:
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot lift the wage-earner by pulling down the wage-payer.
You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away men's initiative and independence.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves."
- Reverend William Boetcker, 1916