The United States has enjoyed centuries of freedom, with the natural right of individuals to seek their own ambitions. Since the 1930s, these rights have eroded with the growth of socialism. Our Constitution wisely enumerates the powers that the government can have, but socialism has eaten huge holes in the document. Socialism promotes giving government more power than it was ever meant to have over individuals and states.
Free entrepreneurship rewards individuals for their efforts and supports those who are incapable by giving charitably to those who need help. I'm proud to live in Oklahoma, where this natural charitability outpaces a lot of the richer states. It isn't government's job to help the needy. Government doesn't feel your pain — that's our job!
We've helped each other through churches, schools and other organizations dedicated to goodwill. But now many ask why they should help when a government program will handle it. Real people slip through the cracks because of this kind of thinking. Each of us should look out for the welfare of our neighbors, their children, the jobless, the lonely and the ailing.
A presidential election looms and there's hope that we can end the futility of the last four years. Do I want a president who could oversee a surge in the nation's productivity? Or do I want a president who has no plan but what has failed?
Nancy Park, Del City