According to a report published in 2012 by the Center for Responsive Politics, nearly half of Congress are millionaires; and their wealth has steadily increased over the years, despite the struggling economy. This reality may be attributed, at least in part, to the fact that lawmakers in Congress have historically had access to legal insider trading and are beneficiaries of many other questionable perks often available to high-ranking public servants. Now, more than ever, there seems to be a real growing disparity between Congress and their constituents. This disconnect is fueling a feeling of apathy among the average American, who feels their elected representatives are simply out of touch with their economic plight.
Society’s faith in government to establish and uphold laws and policies that will improve the lives of the average citizen continues to decrease while public scandals, political posturing, broken promises, and deceptive, politically-driven speeches continue to become increasingly normative. A significant majority of US citizens have developed an adversity to the ever-expanding role of government into the affairs of men.
There’s little disputing that the massive financial fraud and political corruption on Wall Street and Washington have contributed a large part to the economic mess that we are currently dealing with. Wouldn’t it be nice to live in a society where the decisions made by a privileged minority didn’t dictate the fate of a struggling majority?
However, I believe the greatest threat to our liberty and long-term prosperity is actually the decline of personal responsibility. If you don’t believe social and moral decay is at the heart of our nation’s decline, then it’s time to take a moment and look at the big picture and understand that this is something that affects everyone….poor, rich, and middle-class. This is a human nature problem, and we are all accountable.
We need to put our agendas, our grievances, and even our adversities aside and take back our personal obligations. There is an ever-growing list of social and moral problems that have contributed to the creation and (seemingly never-ending) expansion of government-run entitlement programs. Just think how different our country would look if these principles achieved widespread national prominence: traditional values, honesty and integrity in our vocations, intact nuclear families, food/drink moderation, abstaining from harmful substances/sexual activities, and a mutual love and respect for our fellow man and their possessions.
We need a spiritual wake-up call. A great awakening. A reversal from the moral and cultural course we find ourselves in. A failure to collectively uphold our responsibilities will lead to a further decline of physical, emotional, economic, and spiritual vitality throughout the nation and throughout the world. We must stand our ground before it’s too late.
* This article was originally published at Intellectual Conservative online.
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