We’re a country of luxurious freedom and excessive material wealth, but if you look at the paper today, you’ll see that our nation’s engine is on fire and pretty soon, we’ll be adrift in the ocean, with urine-stained carpets and not enough food to go around.

Passengers on the Carnival Triumph Cruise expected black tie dinners and Godiva on their pillows, but instead had to endure a stomach-churning nightmare.

I couldn’t help but notice the irony of the richest people in the richest country primped and ready to indulge in frill and pomp, instead pooping in zip lock bags and wading through their cabins in sewage water. This cruise ship disaster is a perfect microcosm for the narrative of America.

100 years ago, we were rich in our freedom, rich in our rights, and we went about our lives as cruise ship passengers do – carefree and enjoying every moment. We got too comfortable. When the engine exploded, and our rights started being stripped away from us, we were blindsided. Capitalism – the very concept that made us great – became a bad word. Now, our ship is almost unrecognizable and we’re trapped at sea.

The liberal would probably look at the cruise ship catastrophe and come up with some counter-analogy to imply that rich people are bad. Luxury is bad. We should all have the same things and no one should be more privileged than the next guy. Socialism.

We all agree that poverty is a reality that needs to be addressed. There are countless people abroad, with living conditions far worse than the conditions that those American passengers suffered through. And, its probably true that the average cruise ship passenger doesn’t give much thought to third world problems.

You’ve probably seen this video of third world people reciting “first world problems.”

Heartbreaking. And inspiring. Makes you want to do something, doesn’t it? Well, we should do something. But that “something” should not be punishing people who are wealthy.

That kind of thinking is the spark that caused our nation’s engine to cease functioning.

Good stewardship is a Christian value. Bounty itself is not evil. Our President has redefined humanitarianism to mean that the government has the right to steal from the rich and give to the poor. As Julie Borowski said in one of her videos, “That’s not generosity. That’s theft.”

To be generous, you must have something to give. Our nation is on the brink of bankruptcy. If we want to help build wells for kids like the ones in that video and if we want to help inner city children have a bright future, we need to be good stewards (getting out of debt and cutting spending).

This administration has got it BACKWARDS.

So, what hope do we have, as a nation aboard this diseased ship? Well, I’m not curling up in a cabin of my own sewage; I can tell you that much. I’m getting up, holding my nose, and running up to the top of the deck. I’m doing whatever the heck I can think to do and telling all the people in my cabin that they’ve got to come with me.

Just like those passengers in those filthy cabins, we’ve got to get moving. Talk to our Senators. Sign petitions. Speak up. Don’t let the government take away our rights. And, maybe – just maybe – if we fight and push through, we just might be able to defeat tyranny and turn this ship around.