Hearing the Cry for Freedom!
Linking Economic Independence and Personal Liberty
“Remember democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.”
– John Adams, April 15, 1814
One sometimes wonders if we have the courage to fight anymore. From 1775-1783, we had the courage to fight for FREEDOM from England. Then, we had the bloodiest war in our history from 1861-1865, a fight amongst ourselves to FREE our culture from slavery.
In 1900, approximately 85% of our country worked for themselves. They had an entrepreneur spirit of independence. We endured the Great Depression, two World Wars, and then the emergence of larger and larger companies, who systematically led people away from being independent and into dependence. And now we have nearly 40% of our workforce employed by the government, and this figure continues to grow. People are afraid of not having someone employ them and give them “benefits.” But along with those benefits comes, to a certain extent, a loss of freedom.
Where Are We Headed?
Alexander Tyler wrote a frightening prediction in 1787: “It takes an average of two hundred years for a democracy to mature, reach its crescendo and then revert back to bondage.” He observed the eight stages of democracy:
- From bondage to spiritual faith;
- From spiritual faith to great courage;
- From courage to liberty;
- From liberty to abundance;
- From abundance to complacency;
- From complacency to apathy;
- From apathy to dependence;
- From dependence back into bondage.
Similarly, Rich DeVos classified business development in four stages:
- Defender of No Growth
We have moved from Tyler’s stage 5 (abundance to complacency) into a combination of stage 6 or 7 and we are in Stages 3 and 4 of DeVos’s progression. In order to fight we have to know the objective, then have the courage to act. The problem with the stages that Tyler and DeVos have described is that dependent people have exchanged courage for personal peace and security.
We must fight for what Tyler and DeVos describe as the early stages of progress: Spiritual Faith or Build/Create, respectively. This is where the entrepreneur lives. This is the spirit that inspires the small businesses that make everything we believe in as a country great!
In reality, change is not what we need, unless it is an awaking change to recommit
ourselves to the principles of individual liberty and responsibility, which forms the foundation of our republic. As Thomas Jefferson said, “Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.”
This is what bondage looks like:
- While screaming that we are in the throes of a severe recession bordering on a depression, our lawmakers give themselves a pay raise.
- Trillions of dollars were spent to bailout select companies at our expense. Arthur Anderson, Eastern Airlines, and Enron went out of business and the capital markets corrected in the course of time.
- $700 billion in economic relief to “stimulate” with zero jobs created except for government jobs – jobs that create no real income for the economy.
- Millions of illegal immigrants are granted immunity, creating an entire new classification of dependents that many times have just as many rights, and sometimes even more, than a legitimate United States citizen.
- True health care reform would start with taking the fattest nation in the world and investing into our people to be healthy.
- Debt to another country could cause everyone who reads this article to be bankrupt no matter what level of income you possess.
- Should I mention buying the votes of Congressman, with billions in deficit spending?
As the government grows, so does apathy, dependence and bondage in the individual. Again it was Jefferson who said, “Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have … The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases.” Economic growth comes from the health of small business staying in DeVos’ Build/Create stage.
The entrepreneurial spirit that founded our country is rooted in one primary quality: personal accountability. Regardless of your economic station in life, the level of your education or your abilities, personal responsibility can be executed by each and every one of us. And isn’t it interesting that something so simple can be the answer to everything? And cost next to nothing.