on Dreams

“Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.”~ Unknown

I am a great lover of the written word. As a young girl, more often than not, I had my head buried in a book, sometimes until late at night, with a flashlight, under the covers. When I saw a movie based on a book, I immediately had to go read the book, often finding out later how disappointingly shallow the movie was. Books allowed my imagination to soar – movies merely limited it to a screenwriter’s interpretation. While I enjoyed very much seeing my favorite books put on the silver screen, vary rarely have their versions been as satisfactory as those already in my head. My dreams for characters were far bigger than what any Hollywood director had for them.

Government is kind of like that Hollywood director who tries to interpret a literary classic – attempting to fit hundreds of pages of depth into an easily digestible two hours. In controlling the template for success the government limits the potential of their citizens like a director limits a great author’s story to their own interpretation. Instead of allowing their citizens to be free to meet their dreams in their own way, they try to force on them what they feel their dreams should be. And unfortunately, like a lot of moviegoers, we often find out that a movie interpreted by others is a lot less satisfactory than the original book.

That is the thing about letting others tell you what your hopes and dreams should be – very often their dreams turn out to be very small. Those that dream big often do big, and Americans are the first ones that love to prove naysayers wrong. We thrive under adversity and love the challenge of success, knowing that the fruits of which will taste far sweeter because of the struggle. A one-size-fits-all approach will never work in America because we will always look for ways to challenge ourselves individually to do more, achieve more and give more.

The purpose of government is to protect our lives and our stuff from those that wish to take them. Period. It is not there to tell us through mandates and regulation on how we may live, eat, work, play or believe. It is not there to determine how successful or irresponsible we can be. It is not there to protect us from ourselves if we experience the consequences of poor choices. While there are those who are content to allow the government to be their perpetual parent in order to avoid the hardships and responsibilities that come with life, most Americans like their independence, being limited only by the boundaries of our dreams. We respect and celebrate those who triumph from hard work and grit, and are tired of hearing the excuses provided by our government for those who do not wish to do the same.

When you expect very little from folks, you tend to have your expectations met. Why should we accept a government of small-minded men with small-minded dreams for the American people? Should we really allow them to lower the bar for everyone, for the sake of those unwilling to do what it takes to reach their dreams? Aren’t you tired of our current President telling us how high we should be allowed to set our own?

A New Year is upon us, which brings with it new hopes and dreams. Our town will have its own Caucus site on Tuesday, January 3rd. Let’s start 2012 by dreaming big.

“Really great people make you feel that you, too, can become great.” Mark Twain (1835-1910) American author and humorist

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