Hold Fast Our Freedoms- Guest Commentary

**The following brief article was written by my father to the editor of his local paper, The Batavia Daily News.  It was one of many conservative opinion pieces he wrote.  There was no date on it, but I have to assume that it was pre-2009, so as you read it, keep that in mind.  We now know the downhill slide that Europe is currently on…for example, he notes unemployment rates at the time for various EU nations- Spain’s rate was 52.1% in March 2012–nearly five times what it was when he wrote this!  This is the same road we’ve been taking over the past three and a half years or more.  We’ve just celebrated our nation’s Independence Day, so freedom (or lack of it) has been on the minds of many of us.  We need to seriously think about what we’re going to be– free, responsible individuals, or slaves to an overgrown, broken state.**

We are losing our freedom every day. There are too many Americans who believe we should take programs from some of the Third World countries. Sure, they have some great programs for the ones lucky enough to have a job, but take a look at their unemployment rate: Italy, 8.5 percent; France, 9.4 percent; Belgium, 8.6 percent; Spain, 11.1 percent; Denmark, 6 percent; Poland 18.9 percent; United States, 5.6 percent and United Kingdom, 4.7 percent. The European Union governments are waking up to the fact that they will have to cut benefits and you know how well that will go with the people.

The United States’ GDP (gross domestic product) per capita was a whopping 32 percent higher than the EU average in 2000 and the gap hasn’t closed since. A new study by Sweden–a bastion of cradle-to-grave nannystatism– shows that the European standard of living has fallen far off the pace of American life.

Wake up, America, just remember these words of Abraham Lincoln, “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

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