Independence vs. dependence

Oklahoman Modified: July 12, 2013 at 10:00 am •  Published: July 12, 2013
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With nearly half of this nation dependent upon government welfare or public-sector employment and the other half looking for their next tax credit, I’m convinced we’ve traded our independence for dependence. This isn’t a Republican vs. Democrat issue but an issue of independence vs. dependence.

Both political parties claim to possess the high ground on advancing liberty, the left for social issues or the right for economic issues, but in truth both parties use the language of liberty to advance their own power and our dependence.

George Washington in his farewell address warned us of our commitment to party identity and the pursuit of power. When we’re willing to serve our own political interests over the greater good of liberty, we’ve lost what it means to be a free people.

We’ve surrendered too much of our lives, both social and economic, to political parties and governmental intervention; in essence, we’ve surrendered our own independence.

Let’s stop the infighting and look instead not to the halls of government for the answers but to the halls of our homes, churches, schools and hearts for the answers. May we remain free and leave the legacy of liberty for our children.

Phillip W. Smith, Yukon