Jesse Jackson tries to make the case that the budget battle in DC is a replay of the Civil War.
If Jackson wants to make analogies with history, why not take it back to the American Revolution?
The political Left deludes itself into seeing excessive spending as a tool for social justice, but in reality, spending beyond our means creates chains of burden on our country. And the burden grows heavier by the hour.
It's time we had strong leaders willing to go against the tyranny of debt. Sure, it's a huge task. One that my be rightly compared to the way our founding fathers rose up against the tyranny of the crown.
If Patrick Henry was around today, what would he have to say about raising the debt ceiling? I doubt Mr. Henry would be crowing about compromise. Last January, Don Dickinson and I speculated on our radio show Mr. Henry would have strong words calling for direct action:
"They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary as our debt. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally destitute, and when interest payments eat so large a part of our federal budget that we can no longer afford even the most basic expenditures? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our debt shall have bound us hand and foot?"
(Listen to, or download, the January 13th show on the federal budget by clicking here)
The above is lifted from Henry's "Give me Liberty" address. The only change is that references to England have been replaced with "debt."
We must come to view our national debt as a threat to our freedom. It is a threat to the very existence of our nation. To encourage the status quo, or deliver only token cuts, means the crisis will grow larger and harder to deal with in the future.
We can no longer rely on the delusive phantom of hope in dealing with the federal deficit. We can no longer afford to keep kicking the can down the road. It's time we demand our leaders take decisive action to protect us from this growing menace. A government shutdown may be a strong indicator we're finally getting serious.