The current struggle of wills regarding universal health care (Obamacare) and the debt ceiling has polarized our nation into those who believe in fiscal responsibility versus those who believe in unlimited spending. Conservatives vs. Socialists. Democrat and Republican appellations haven’t been used because there are conservatives and socialists in each party.

Common sense tells us the spending must be limited or our nation will go bankrupt. We must begin to repay the principle on our debts, not just the interest on those debts. However, our contumacious socialist government refuses to understand the wisdom of proper fiscal management of the national exchequer. The minority of our elected representatives who recognize the need for sensible stewardship of our treasury are labeled as arsonists, jihadists and extremists by the Democrat leadership.

To make matters worse, several establishment Republican leaders (RINOs) are piling on their insults. They’re excoriating conservative Republicans who believe in the fiscal sanity of balancing a budget, not funding Obamacare, and leaving the debt ceiling alone. Pretty much what they were elected to do by we the people.

There are times when you have to wonder if some of our elected officials understand the principles of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. If they do, then you must wonder about their character and values and what they see as the future of our nation. Do they want excellence or mediocrity? Are they so mesmerized by the power status of being a senator or a representative they cannot or will not respond to the common sense requests of the people which are embodied in the Preamble to the Constitution.

Is it hard to understand the meaning of a more perfect union, establishing justice, ensuring domestic tranquility, providing for the common defense and promoting the general welfare? Or securing the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity? Are those principles so difficult to understand and uphold they must give way to the nebulous egalitarian goals of socialism?

Today, the Tea Party of the 21st century is being subjected to the same ridicule and opposition the revolutionaries (Tea Party) of the 18th century faced as they rejected the tyranny of King George. In those days, they were considered radical insurrectionists by the King while the colonists saw themselves as fighting for freedom from taxation without representation.

Today, we are battling taxation with representation and for the survival of our constitutional form of government. A battle which has taken on the aspects of an intellectual revolution. You could describe it as the battle for the mind.

So, it’s time to do a little soul searching and to decide which form of government you want for your future. Big government control or freedom and liberty?

• Don Kennedy is a graduate of Dartmouth College with a degree in sociology. He has been a resident of Ahwatukee Foothills since 2002.

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