I take pleasure in having high school classmate Jack Butturini as my guest on the blog today. We attended Bearden High School together, and I graduated one year after him, with his insightful and lovely sister Jill. His post is short, sweet and to the point.
It has been an interesting day with several debates with my liberal friends. In fact I agree with many things that are titled “liberal”; protecting our environment, promoting equal rights for women, improving race relations. But there are many things I can’t agree with. The belief that bigger government is the answer is against my core beliefs. We are a country founded on individualism. The current moves in our government look more and more like socialism and not democracy.
In my life I have been at virtually every aspect of the financial spectrum. I have been poor, bordering on homeless and I have been moderately wealthy. I have lost everything financial more than once. But I never blamed it on anyone else. My mistakes are my mistakes. To think that is the government job to pick me up when I don’t succeed is actually crippling to me.
If you want to help people, help them. Don’t ask the government to take it away from someone else to do the job that individuals can do better. If you want to help the poor with money, make more money and give it away. That is your prerogative. It is not yours or the government’s job to take a person’s hard earned money and give it to someone who may not even have the desire to work.
Of course social programs are needed. But the current system is rewarding complacency.
The bottom line is this; if you want a better life get off your ass and make one. If you want to help other people, get off your ass and help them.
Jack Butturini is a 52 years old Graduate of Bearden High School, class of 1979. He’s taught Martial Arts for over 35 years and currently owns a school in Morgan County, Tennessee. His goal in life is not to get people to see his view, but to open their eyes to the challenges in our country.