Govs. Bobby Jindal and Scott Walker, of Wisconsin, and others should not have disparaged Mitt Romney for his discussing the reasons he lost the election. He might have put it more artfully; but his main point is absolutely correct that President Barack Obama offered “free” goodies to groups while Romney offered jobs.

As a political science major, I studied the philosophy of Karl Marx and his ilk. Marx said that a democracy did not have to be taken by force. He said it would implode when voters, who had no or very little stake, would vote for the politicians who offered them the most freebies. I never thought that this would come to the United States. But we have to face facts.

We are rapidly imploding. Our cultural mores are being eroded very quickly. We give out free cellphones and monthly minutes. We have a skyrocketing food stamp participation. We have a crushing debt that is rapidly rising through trillion-dollar deficits year after year as for as the eye can see. And we have too many people asking for more “free” stuff.

I take some comfort that things will change in the fact that more state legislatures are now overwhelmingly Republican, which means lower taxes and a pro-growth agenda. I also have faith that our nation will awaken and reclaim the Judeo-Christian principles on which it was founded and declare again that it is a Christian nation tolerant of other religions or nonreligions, but not dictated by them or subservient to them.

I believe we have to be optimistic in the face of daunting odds. A lot of belt-tightening has to begin very soon with people once again asking what they can do for their country and not what their country can do for them.

Wayne Blankenship Jr.

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