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Is Mitt Romney Right?

September 23rd, 2012

If you’re a loyal visitor to Our Voice Counts, you know that we’ve already debated whether or not America is becoming a society of moochers.

Turns out, GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney shares some of our thoughts.

Although it’s probably not the way he would have preferred the information come out, a video of a Romney fundraiser has been the talk of much discussion over the past few days.  On it, Romney talks about the people whom he can never convince to vote for him over President Obama.  According to Romney:

“There are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them.”

As of 2011, 46% of Americans paid no income taxes.  So, there are plenty of people who want to be PAID by the system — but aren’t willing to PAY INTO the system.  Romney mentions these people by saying:

“I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives…”

Even though the video was leaked without his knowledge, Romney has stood by his comments.

So, is he right?

Has America turned into a “me-first” society?  Are Americans simply looking for a handout?  Has it really been that long since John F. Kennedy said, “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country,”?

Regardless of what you think about Mitt Romney’s political beliefs, is he right?  Is a huge portion of Americans dependent on the government?  What would our forefathers think about that?  More importantly, what do YOU think about that?

The “Radical” Declaration of Independence

August 29th, 2012

If you were around in 1776 and liked what the Declaration of Independence had to say, lots of people would have labeled you a “radical”.

After all, back then, people believed that the government created all of man’s rights — and, as a result, was allowed to take those rights away whenever it felt like it.  There was no voting; rulers had absolute power.  When a King made a decision, no one was allowed to question it.  Heck, no one would have even dreamed of questioning it!  Instead, commoners agreed that the King was being “nice” by letting them have a couple of liberties.

Then, the “radical” Declaration of Independence changed everything.

It said that men were born with certain rights — and that those rights had nothing to do with whoever happened to be in power at the time.  Instead, it was the people who were being “nice” by letting the government have any power at all.  Our Forefathers believed that the people were allowed to set rules for the government anytime they wanted, not vice versa.  People were encouraged to challenge the government and speak their minds.  That’s because the government existed to serve the people, instead of the other way around.

In some circles, you’re still a “radical” if you agree with them.  If you believe in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, you’ve got it all wrong.

Wonder what our Forefathers would say if they knew their views were still unpopular to some people all these years later?

 

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