I remember the last time I ached for my country like I do today. It was a Tuesday morning, and I was sitting in my office watching television. The date was September 11, 2001. I watched fellow Americans leap hundreds of feet to their deaths to escape the flames. My pain that morning was quickly overshadowed by anger, a desire for vengeance against the perpetrators of such evil.
Today is different. I feel the same kind of pain and anguish for my country, but I'm all out of anger. In its place is shame and resignation. Shame that we have allowed this to happen to the magnificent gift we were given by men like Washington, Adams, Madison, and Jefferson. Shame that the lives my children have in front of them are now colored by socialism and federal tyranny rather than freedom and personal responsibility.
I feel resigned to the idea that the statists have won. There are too many people in our country who now expect the government to provide for them cradle to grave, too many who have learned what de Tocqueville warned about.......
― Alexis de Tocqueville