A Vote for Self-Reliance

Cal Thomas

A Vote for Self-Reliance

April 27, 2011

Someone stopped me in the street last week and asked me my favorite candidate for president. I told him I don’t have one at the moment but it isn’t Obama.

Then I said one of our problems is we put too much faith in politicians and not enough in ourselves. Even if everyone we liked was elected to every office – and that is unlikely – what would change? People are still sinners, whether they are Republicans or Democrats.

Sure, I have my preferences, as I’m sure you do. But I want people to put more faith in their own abilities to improve and sustain their lives. We have lost the notion of individual achievement, responsibility and accountability and that has led to an addiction to government.

It took a while to get addicted and it will take time break that addiction. Human nature would rather receive a check than work for one and the liberals have addicted half the nation to government checks.

I’ll vote for the candidate who says, “I can’t do it all, or even most of it for you. Only you can, so get with it. This is America and if you can’t make it here, you can’t make it anywhere.” Anyone out there like that?

Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.