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The Doubt Ceiling

An archaeologist in some far distant future digs up a fallen monument in what has now become a desert.
At last he is able to find some clues regarding the past of a once great nation.

Gently brushing away the clay and dirt that have filled in the chiseled stone he is able to read,

“,… and President Barack Obama…
…was a very mighty man…”
Nervously, the archaeologist brushes away the dirt, switching to a tinier and more accurate brush.
“…was a very mighty man of… G… O…”

Impatiently he scrapes away at what appears to be the last letter, and perhaps some punctuation…

“…a very mighty man..of.. G.. O.. L…”
The scientist is puzzled.
What is “G. O. L. F” ?

From a practical standpoint, the one thing that has made our nation great is the entrepreneurial spirit. It is the single most outstanding quality. Inventiveness, whether in industry or in business has caused the United States to stand out far above any other nation. It is also this inventiveness that stands to suffer the most by coerced redistribution of wealth, such as in Socialism.
It is important to know that most of the early American Industrialists and Inventors at last became great philanthropists, seeking, in fact to give away most, if not all of their wealth.
Most of them were generous individuals; some were evil, manipulative and controlling. Some were, at different times, both. A study of these great men is truly a study of the transformation of individuals as well as the transformation of a nation.
However, had these same inventors been suppressed by a system of extremely high taxes and massive government legislation regarding everything one does, they could never have become the great inventors, industrialists, and finally the philanthropists that they became. With all of the good and bad that both draw from the spirit of invention, the massive creation of American jobs in the burgeoning of new industries never would have happened.
What I think is more key is this: How does a person, or a nation transform, when it is boxed in by stringent parameters designed to keep everyone equal, parameters that dictate what you can say, what you can eat, whether or not you can defend yourself, what massive amounts you will pay in taxes to feed a bottomless government, whether or not you can even dream to start a business operation with all of the regulations you will face, whether or not you will have any choices in the health care you must provide your employees in your beginning business, whether or not you will have any choices in where you purchase your own health care, whether or not you will be able to borrow money for a house, school or a business? How do Cornelius Vanderbilt, George Westinghouse, John D. Rockefeller, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and T. Boone Pickens become the angry, avaricious, creative, dynamic inventors of whole realms of commerce and industry, the spinners of GOLD, the visionaries that caused new sorts of factories, different lines of communication, novel ways of conducting business, better ways of harnessing energy, amazing ways of working, and very individual ways of giving? I have a better question: who is the person who is not arriving at the forefront in our current time of crisis? Perhaps he or she would like to step forth, but can’t.

Speaking of words that start with G…O…L, I don’t know about you, but I am wondering: with all that has occurred these past few days regarding the debt ceiling, Congress’ and the President’s questionable efforts, the market’s response, why gold isn’t fast becoming the preferred safe haven. I’m not saying that I want it to be. I’d rather human kindness was the safe haven, but given the things you can buy and sell on the market, why aren’t people flocking to gold and silver?
You would think that the Treasuries of just about any nation at this point would not be considered a safe bet. So what, really is a safe bet?


Jesus said in the gospels, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” And he also said, “Do not heap up treasures where moth and rust will corrupt them and thieves will break in and steal.” Evidently, the same is true of nations, just as it is of individuals. We have been watching the national treasure being broken into and robbed, we have been witnessing the corruption of our worth as a nation, and I do not mean simply financial worth. This has been a dynamic, inventive, avaricious, yet kind, thoughtful and philanthropic nation. Those qualities arrive at a nation hitching a ride on the hearts of people. You cannot regulate them.

Copyright August 7th by John P. Schumake


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