My father owned a hardware store.  He started it in the late
depression years on $250.00 that he really couldn’t spare.  He had no
real choice, as there weren’t any other jobs available.  He borrowed
no money and only rebuilt inventory as he sold the goods he had.  He
turned that enterprise into a thriving business with a store and three
warehouses full of merchandise.  He was known far and wide as: If Art
doesn’t have it, it doesn’t exist!  He ran his business on honest, long
hours, six (and sometimes seven) days a week to meet the needs of the
county inhabitants and even the large contractors building the
Garrison Dam on the Missouri River in later years.  If anything was
made, he found it for his customers.  Then WWII started and he began
grappling with the OPA, Office of Price Administration; rationing,
short supplies of everything and the burdens placed on everyone in
order to fund and supply the needs of protecting our nation against a
vicious aggressor.

After he closed the store on Saturday nights, he would return home
about midnight every week.  There were no “vacations.”

When my father died at 95, there were no monuments erected; no special
dedication to a real entrepreneur; no appreciation expressed for a man
of the utmost integrity and honesty who virtually kept the community
and surrounding territory supplied with goods that were not only
necessary but sometimes almost impossible to find.  He did all that
with the pleasure of knowing that he was the only one within miles who
could supply the needs of the surrounding populace.  As Chet Atkins
stated on singing one of his songs: “I miss my Dad.”

The point of all this is to compare it to today’s mentality.  Those
were the days when Cloward and Piven, professors at Columbia
University, were busy defining the nation of their future.  They were
intent on reshaping our great country as a socialist, communist
country.  Nothing was left out that would turn out to be a dead-end
for a great country built on Godly principles, hard work, honesty and
a work-ethic that survived almost 200 years.  The struggle that
continued during WWII was also exacerbated by socialist labor unions
that continued to make it difficult to make and ship desperately
needed war goods to defend our nation.  Looking back over some of
these years grieves me as I contemplate the selfishness of mankind.
The work-ethic has seemed to disappear – replaced by mass energies
exerted by federal government to virtually replace work with hand-
outs.  What can be achieved by the latter, other than destructive and
ugly dependence?  Cloward and Piven would be joyful today with how
their dream has evolved: a population that is 50% dependent on welfare
and draining the once proud United States citizens of self esteem;
independence, pride of workmanship, providing for family, etc.  And
not the least, a Congress intent on not only continuing the downhill
spiral to slavery, but greasing it with workers hard-earned tax
dollars.  Unless Congress listens to reason and begins to unravel the
enslavement of America, it will fall completely into the hands of one
who despises the very existence of a “free nation.”