- The Washington Times - Friday, July 12, 2013


Not too many civic leaders of the United States can actually and truly celebrate Independence Day. Most have enslaved themselves to poll data and spending and living off their fellow citizens’ money.

This is true in the legislative, judicial and executive branches of our land. May “we, the People” not follow their example of sloth and dependency. I’ve been tempted to fall for this mirage of success. However, I have learned through experience that self-reliance and individual responsibility make for the freest, happiest and best course in the long run. I am so glad I decided to earn my own money and turn away from Pell grants, unemployment benefits, etc. — even though these options were available to me.

I am still scratching out a living, but the choice I made to see that my problems were in the mirror (as were the solutions to those problems) has made all the difference in the world. Each year, I become more and more independent, and I get closer to becoming a true American.


Cottonwood, Idaho

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