Richard Freer: America’s future is up to Nov. 6 voters
Come Nov. 6, you will have the opportunity to shape the future of your country - a country that can return to a shining star on a hill with a hopeful future or an exhausted star where the future is fading and brightness is gone.
Over 200 years ago our forefathers founded a nation that has been the envy of the world.
Where individuals from other countries waited in line to become American citizens. Where freedom and opportunity existed for all, regardless of your religion, family or your personal beliefs.
Where hard work and education was rewarded with a higher standard of living. Where kings, czars, emperors, tyrants, dictators and heritage did not cast your lot for life.
Basically, you made your future in America.
This has been the trend from the founding of our country, except for a few deviations along the way. These aberrations occurred during the Great Society, the present administration and the administration before that.
In recent years we moved toward socialism and away from our Founding Fathers' principles. Over the years, with our Bill of Rights, Constitution, and leaders who governed under these laws, America became a powerhouse - a powerhouse in world respect, freedom, economic development and a champion of freedom around the world.
We fought two world wars to rescue the other nations of the world from tyrants and dictators. Not for our glory, but to preserve the freedoms of the other democratic nations.
Can you imagine our country fighting a world war today with our manufacturing base destroyed and the little we have located in foreign lands?
One of our great presidents, Abraham Lincoln, said American government should be government of the people, by the people and for the people.
Today our government can best be defined as government by the government, of the government and for the government.
What has more government brought us?
Eight percent unemployment and probably another 8 percent that is not counted, having given up looking for a job. A debt that cripples our economy and a future that saddles our youth for life.
I have just returned from three weeks in China, supposedly a socialistic country, where today it is appreciable less socialistic than America. We have a significantly greater number of federal programs that provide government aid to the individual than China.
Their economy is growing at about 7 percent, there is no unemployment, and homes and factories cannot be built fast enough.
They took a lesson from our past. They got rid of their pure socialistic system.
They maintained a touch of socialism and added a bucket full of capitalism, and look what has happened to China in the last 10 years.
Our country is at a critical fork in the road. There are two paths.
One is of increased government control and spending and a future America that will make the Greek situation look like a cakewalk.
The other path is less government control and spending, which will get us back on a path that has made America the greatest nation on this earth.
America's history has been that each generation solved its problems so that the next generation was better off.
You will make that decision on Nov. 6.
My hope is that you will look at what's happened to our country the last 10 years, and then vote to bring America back to what it was and what it can be.
Freer, a veteran of World War II and the Korean War, is an electrical engineer retired from General Electric. A native of New York, he and his wife have lived in Charleston since 1979.