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The Colonel #69 Reaching for More, Settling for Less.

"There are always those who are willing to surrender local self-government and turn over their affairs to some national authority in exchange for a payment of money out of the Federal Treasury. Whenever they find some abuse needs correction in their neighborhood, instead of applying the remedy themselves they seek to have a tribunal sent on from Washington to discharge their duties for them, regardless of the fact that in accepting such supervision they are bartering away their freedom."

Calvin Coolidge

It seems hard to believe the man who said this was once President of these United States. We are witnessing the consequences of failing to heed his advice. As we continue to grab for more and more—free healthcare, free tuition, free education, all provided from the bottomless pockets of government, the quality of all those things is sliding into the toilet.

The government’s great experiment in viral treatment with its free vaccines for all and stimulus payments as a reward for staying at home instead of working are turning out to mean a dwindling workforce, less cooperation, less independence of thought and action, less supply of goods and service.

The sad part is we love it!

I am no better than anyone else. I have a phone that cannot be depended on to make phone calls, may take days to send a text, if it will send it at all. All this with no customer service to speak of and no real means to communicate with the company for only a small (?) monthly fee. This is the best America’s widest network can do?

Yes, it is. The reason is that it does not need to do better. Business has come to resemble the government—a few giants who dictate supply and thumb their corporate noses at demand so they may manipulate prices. When people do protest rising prices, prices level off as the size of the product shrinks, and all is well.

Stores are monopolizing on fears of shortages for Christmas selling. There is no better time for We the People to drive home a lesson in power. Don’t buy what they offer at any price. There are two reasons for this. First, Christmas is not about buying things. The best gifts we can give are free—kindness, caring, and peace on earth, goodwill to men. Tokens of these gifts don’t come on ships from China. They come from our own hands.

And speaking of our own hands, secular gift-givers would not face empty shelves if they had not bought our government’s reliance on a world market and produced goods made wholly in America by American hands and American materials.

I have heard a forecast of a paper, and thus a book shortage. It made me wonder, are there no more paper mills in America? Or like the farmer whose crops the government orders destroyed in return for subsidies, are paper companies and the lumber industry playing the game in exchange for that free government money?

America can feed herself; we are capable of producing all the necessities of a full life, yet we grasp for world markets while growing anemic at home. If one did not know better, it would sound like a foreign enemy at work.

Alas, the hobgoblin is the people in our mirrors and those we chose to represent us.

Maranatha, y’all.

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