Continuing in Part 2 of “The Lame Duck Nation of Entitlement”, America is at her best when she has been stripped of encumbrances that retard our God-given freedoms and is free to release the full innovative power inherent in such freedoms. A “Lame Duck Nation” of entitlements does just the opposite. Consider the following. We all have been given the greatest freedom known to man… the freedom to be our best. There is not one person here in the US that is not granted this sacred opportunity. How is it that people come here from foreign countries: many barely educated; don’t know the language; don’t know the culture and end up outstanding productive citizens? All this, while others who are born here and have been here for generations continue to make excuses for their lack of opportunity and demand some kind of entitlement because of it. It is simply ridiculous. Entitlement is the antithesis of innovation. Entitlement destroys the incentive of necessity. Entitlement replaces “what is” with the opiate of “what should be” and creates a false sense of compassion and care. As we all have heard, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” As such, necessity is the womb in which innovation impregnates reality, begins to grow and eventually gives birth to much needed solutions, processes and inventions. Is it any wonder why those living in what I will call “entitlement communities” are abused by government entitlements, lax standards, worsening conditions and find no way out? It’s not rocket science. Stifling innovation ensures a decline by validating the present intolerable status quo and closes the door of inspiration and opportunity. While freedom is free, it’s not cheap. When we, as a people, do not promote and champion that which is best in people, we cheapen the sacrifices that have been made to both birth and ensure our freedom. Furthermore, when we do not use and appreciate our freedoms to contribute that which costs us something, then we cheapen the freedoms of us all and promote a class conscious society of those who contribute and those who don’t. It is only in the meaningful contribution of us all that levels the playing field for all. Freedom, as John F Kennedy rightly stated, is not about what your country can do for you, it is all about the freedom you have to choose to contribute to the greater purpose of your country. There is no middle ground here. Either you are a contributor giving life and strength to our society, or a consumer draining life and strength from our society. While stark, the reality is inescapable. From a biblical Christian viewpoint, Christ came, lived among us, walked with us and died for us. No greater love can one have for another than to give ones life for a friend. The dying to self and giving of oneself to God for His purposes, is one of the overriding themes we see throughout the bible. Our Founding Fathers had a keen understanding of the “divine providence” upon which they “fully relied”. It is this realization that no person, people, government or other construct is capable of altering or duplicating that which is ordained and directed by “divine providence”. It is in putting it all on the line, dying to self and embracing the will of the Father for our personal lives that we receive His passion and love for His entire creation. After all, who better to gain understanding of the created than from the Creator himself! In the end, there is a fundamental question. Will government (people) be that on which we will rely, or will it be the Author and Creator of all government? Will we expect government to supply every need and fix every situation or, with our reliance on divine providence, shall we look to the author and finisher of our faith to empower us in such a way to make our unique and perfect contribution to strengthen the purposes of a greater whole? Entitlement or Empowerment? It’s not rocket science. We all will choose. As for me… I choose freedom. I choose the freedom that was bought with the precious blood of both Old Testament and Christian martyrs as well as sold out American Patriots and service people of all stripes. I choose empowerment to make a difference in my generation. I choose to stand shoulder to shoulder with those who give that which costs them something for the purposes of a greater whole. I choose to rely on Christ, the author and finisher of my faith.