Saturday, February 2, 2013

Essay Contest Submission by Holly King

"How do Conservative principles impact the happiness and prosperity of all Americans?"

by Holly King

To me, it’s always been very simple—very simple to understand and very simple to explain. In order for the wheels of a community to turn and for the people in that community to feel fulfilled, everyone must be accountable for their own actions. Accountability is a trait that no man, no society, and no government can be successful without. Having the self-sufficiency to stand in any situation and take responsibility for your actions is an essential key to happiness and prosperity. One must be allowed to work hard, and reap the benefits of that work. One must also fully embrace the consequences of their irresponsible actions and grow from them. It’s easy to speak of faith, but it’s truly fulfilling to have faith in the knowledge that you can stand on your own two feet, regardless of your previous stumbles.

The more self-sufficient citizens become, the more they prosper. And the more they prosper, the more they feel a desire to help others. Involuntary collectivism takes away the opportunity for a flourishing, loving community to develop. People are innately good, however government abuse of that is wrong. No one should be told that they must love their neighbor. They should be able to choose to love them and to support them in their own way and time. The most genuine kind of happiness comes from completely selfless acts; to strip someone of the opportunity to be selfless is callous.  All efficient things in government and in everyday communities are fueled by cooperation and passion. When government takes that accountability away from its constituents, it starts a deprivation of compassion that will root itself into society and will deprive us of our innate goodness, more and more with each passing day.

The United States was formed on the principal of accountability. Founding Fathers knew that the journey and process of independence would be anything but smooth, but they also knew that if you wanted something, you had to work for it. If you messed something up, you had to fix it. We have only come this far as a country because of the work those behind us have put in; we can only see so far because we are standing on the shoulders of past laborers. It’s crucial to the United States’ sustainability that we don’t forget the lessons of history or overlook the teachings of our forefathers. We must take responsibility for our past and present actions, in order to move forward and remain the commanding power that we are.

Twelve years before Ronald Reagan was elected President of the United States, he said, “We must reject the idea that every time a law is broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore to the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.” Those words ring true now just as much as they did then. What you mark down as your political affiliation will never matter as much as the practice of taking responsibility for your actions. No amount of laws or legal obligation for mandated service or mandated aid will ever mean as much as true service and true camaraderie for your fellow human beings. Every person must stand up and embrace their right to accountability. Praise it. Rejoice in it.

Three years after his presidency, at the Republican National Convention, Reagan said, “America’s best days are yet to come. Our proudest moments are yet to be. Our most glorious achievements are just ahead.” Again, words that rang true then and now. As long as human beings cling to their right for accountability, good will prevail and The United States will always have their best days to look forward to.

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