So, all we hear is how crappy the economy is anymore and how the US is spiraling into some sort of black hole of which we will never recover from. And for all this psycho babble talk (and with the help of my new friend Liz), I say BULLSHIT.
Of course, my optimism is not due to Messiah Obama coming into the big chair here in a few days. No. I could care less about him. He isn’t magical and he surely isn’t my Messiah. No, my optimism is rooted in the belief that Americans are a different breed. In the history of our country we have never laid down in the face of a problem, adversity, or even a big bully throwing torpedoes at our ships. Hell no. We were build on the notion that WE THE PEOPLE had the power here in this land – not only control of our government, but also to fix whatever happened in the economy. During the Revolution war we rode our horses around and flipped the bird at England. We told her to shove off and go find some other people to rule.
For the first time in the history of the world a group of people decided they wanted to be free of tyranny and live their lives how they wanted. They didn’t want to be told what religion to practice. They didn’t want to work hard just to give someone “tax” money. They didn’t want to have the government come in their house and dig around. And so much more. And with those thoughts, we made this country.
From 1776 until the 1940’s America did her own thing. Markets went up and markets down. People lost their entire livelihoods and people made great fortunes during that time. People flocked to America for this reason. The American dream was built not out of a white picket fence, a dog, a spouse, and a house. No, the American dream was that you could come here and bust your ass and be someone. And all during this time, the government pretty much stayed out of the people’s way. Life continued and nobody looked to the President or the Congress to fix all their problems. That was ludicrous
Yes. Back then men humbled themselves to the crappiest jobs – anything to make some money to buy their family food. And if they couldn’t find work, then they decided to barter with what they had. Or maybe both. Yeah, people would actually pay doctors with eggs, goats, and cows back then. There was no fear of not being covered by a doctor because of some stupid insurance company. No, you simply knew that you could go to the doctor and barter with them as a human being. Come to think of it, maybe that is what is wrong with our health care today. Somehow we have removed the humanity out of it. We’ve given up to the science, the prescriptions, and the big buildings and forgot that the human body is a marvelous machine. Maybe I only say this because I have a different outlook on medicine and the human body.
You see, I grew up without the doctor. No, I could have gone to the doctor if needed – my family had medical coverage for me. However, I never went just simply because I was sick. I only went when I really needed to go. Today I hear people all the time going to the doctor. Sniffles – I have allergies, I need to go to the doctor. I am vomiting – I have the flu, I need to go to the doctor. I have a headache – I have migranes, I need to go to the doctor. Etc. Etc.
Why, I ask? Why do we need to go to the doctor so much. We are a nation of hypochondriacs. It is no wonder that we have more super-viruses now than ever – because we take so much medicine that the viruses have so many opportunities to become immune to it. Anyways, I never go to the doctor unless I feel near death or I crack my head open or something. Anything short of those events I tend to at home. I don’t take flu shots – I have faith in my immune system (I did take one while in the Army, although I did try to fight that, but decided there was other battles to fight and the Army would just throw me back in line anyways). I don’t take cold medicine. I don’t take headache medicine. In short, I have faith in my immune system and if my immune system can’t handle it, maybe I can find something that Mother Nature can help me with (Not a hippy, but I do believe in alternative medicine – massages, aromatherapy, acupuncture, homeopathy, etc.). I refuse to be entangled and bound to some prescription drug the rest of my life. I will choose to die early before that happens.
That seems to be really off topic of what I started with here, but maybe it is not. You see, the solution to our problems is not to look elsewhere. The solution lies within each and every one of us. We don’t need to run to the doctor to cure a common cold. Likewise, we don’t need to run to the government for everything either.
Have faith in yourself. Have faith in your fellow Americans. The solution is found within each of us.