Work hard, enjoy life, and vote

Work hard, enjoy life, and vote

September 17th, 2013 by Roger Smith in Opinion Columns

My wife and I met an old friend last night while having dinner at a local restaurant. I like this man. He and his two brothers grew up in poverty, but through hard work and responsibility, they now live the American dream. However, last night he confided that his confidence in America has waned. He said he is so discouraged by the direction our country is headed that he will never vote again.

He pointed out that the current President was elected largely by people who know nothing of hard work but know how to keep the largess of government money flowing in their direction. I asked how he would counter such a trend if he didn't vote. His reply was chilling, "I'll keep working hard, enjoy my life, and die." I sense this hopelessness more and more. What's happening to us?

Let's start at the top. Barak Obama worked as a community organizer for many years and his role model was Saul Alinsky, the union and civil rights community organizer who died in 1972.

Who was he? Do a simple Google search and your eyes will be opened. He was a wise Orthodox Jew-turned agnostic who despised traditional American values. His disciples (Hillary Clinton included) praised his take from the "haves" and give to the "have-nots" ideas.

Alinsky never joined the Communist Party, although he openly praised the socialist ideology of both Marx and Lenin. Such ideology, of course, would never be championed by the American people who cherish the Christian ideals of hard work, honest character, and personal responsibility. Only rich elitists and those who see themselves as "victims" of an unfair system like American free enterprise would embrace such dribble. Alinsky taught that the only way to sell it in a democratic society is to work from within - dress and speak respectfully, empower the unsuccessful, and create opportunities outside normal channels.

In a nut shell, Alinsky said take the world as it is and make it what you want it to be. A white man or woman could never have sold Alinsky, but in our rush to vote into the presidency an articulate, charismatic black man who wasn't properly vetted, we also voted for Alinsky ideals. In his book, Rules for Radicals (1971), that could serve as a playbook for Obama's leadership, Alinsky wrote:

Any revolutionary change must be preceded by a passive, affirmative, non-challenging attitude toward change among the mass of our people. They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and change the future. This acceptance is the reformation essential to any revolution.

Has such ideology gained a foothold through the policies of this administration? You decide. The Wall Street Journal pointed out last week that 11.5 million Americans are unemployed and that job creation during this economic recovery is less than half that during previous recovery periods in the United States. Likewise, The Washington Post reported in July that Americans receiving food stamps increased an average of 13% annually across the nation from 2008-2012, to a record 46.6 million. Take away our work and dignity, reduce us to dependency on the government for our sustenance, exasperate those who are still working, and what attitudes remain? "Frustration, defeat, lost, futureless."

Add to this national vexation a divisive leader who bungles every issue from health care to the Syrian debacle. His only substantial positions involve blaming Bush or the Republicans for his shortcomings - a recipe right out of Alinsky's script.

What do we do now? First, don't give up like my friend. God is a power greater than yourself or even your country. Second, read. The mainstream media covers for Obama. There are alternatives that tell the truth. Third, teach your children the real story of America's proud history.

Fourth, vote!