Almost a quarter of a millennia ago, a nation was founded on the premise that all men are created equal, endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights. There would be no caste system, there would be no overlords, there would be no ruling class, it would be a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. In order to for this vision to come to fruition, those elected to office would not abuse the power entrusted to them, and govern with the understanding that they were not masters over commoners, but representatives of a constituency.
This nation would be the first of its kind. It would be one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Liberty and justice would not extend only to a select few, or to a protected class, but all would benefit from these paragons of fulfillment. Give a man liberty, ensure him justice, then whether he succeeds or fails in life will be something he is wholly responsible for.
Happiness was never guaranteed to anyone; the pursuit of happiness was. No one can guarantee that you will achieve that which you pursue, but having the opportunity to pursue it is something few in the world enjoyed.
This is the America I learned about. This is the America I fell in love with as a young boy, having been spirited away from my homeland and all that I had ever known. This is the America I have dedicated all of my adult life to warning, to pleading with for repentance and a return to the fundamentals that made this nation the beacon of hope it once was.
I watch what this nation is becoming in horror and with great dismay. In horror, because I see the similarities between the actions we are undertaking, and the actions every empire that crumbled under the weight of its own hubris has taken in the past. With dismay, because it is now evident we have not learned the lessons of those who came before us, and are now doomed to suffer the same fate.
We have taken liberty for granted, and somewhere along the way forgot that liberty must be preserved, fought for, and sacrificed for. We turn a blind eye to those who ought to be representing the people but are instead enriching themselves at the expense of their constituencies.
Everyone’s got a grift, everyone’s got an angle, everyone lobbies for laws, regulations, and carve outs negatively impacting the citizenry that they swore to represent. Both political parties, both houses, no exceptions, save for a handful that still hold to the principles of why they were elected in the first place.
To them it’s all a game, and they care not a whit that they are playing with people’s lives. They make promises they know they won’t keep, offer benefits they know are economically unsustainable, all to get four more years at the taxpayer through, and glut themselves to overflowing off the backs of hard working men and women who cling to the hope that this nation is still the constitutional republic those who came before us bled and died to preserve. Sadly, we are looking more like a banana republic than a constitutional one with each passing day.
With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.