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The Conscience Of A Restorationist, VI

April 03, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 155

Starting A Business Is One Of The Best Ways To Restore America

A young minor-league baseball manager was angry with his center fielder, who kept missing easy plays and allowing opponents to score runs. One more flub, the manager said, and he'd pull the guy out. Sure enough, the center fielder dropped the next fly ball that came his way - and he was immediately replaced by a rookie. But after that kid flubbed a couple, the manager himself grabbed his glove and trotted out to center. An easy fly ball came his way - and he dropped it. Two runs scored, and his team lost the game. Furious, the manager stormed into the dugout and yelled at the original center fielder. "You've got center field so screwed up NOBODY can play it!"

It's an old joke... but in America these days, the joke's on us. More than a century of progressivism has pulled us away from the free-market, liberty-based Constitutional republic we were founded to be, and marched us steadily toward becoming an authoritarian collectivist state. It's almost like the progressives have America so screwed up, nobody can play it anymore.

But that's not true. At least not yet. Our would-be masters, the real "One Percent," the progressive statists, do have considerable advantages. They control every major institution of influence in our country, from schools to universities, from newspapers to news broadcasts, from teachers' unions to labor unions, from town hall to the EPA, and from Saturday-morning cartoons to Hollywood. But there are still more of us than there are of them - far more. And if we each do our part, individually or in groups, we can restore America. We can find our way back to strength and prosperity, the engine of which provided by our Constitutional founding has been unmatched in history. We can still pull back from the brink of the socialist state sought by the progressives.

When Americans roll their sleeves up and take on projects, they unleash incredible power. Such projects ended the World Wars, and restored liberty and justice in every corner of the world. They pulled us out of numerous economic recessions, great and small. Those projects cured incurable diseases, solved insoluble problems, and beat unbeatable adversity for generations. As mighty as the progressive movement seems, Americans undertaking the project of restoration can still restore America.

What can you do? You might run for office or support a campaign, seeking to restore freedom to our nation's political process. You might write letters or start asking questions at public meetings, seeking to restore true "citizen journalism" as the watchdog for our freedoms. Or you could unleash your entrepreneurial spirit by doing the one thing Americans have always done better than anyone: start and run a business.

These days, you don't have to quit your job and sink your life savings into a storefront... you can start a business for a fraction of the monetary investment your grandpa needed, and you can skip (at least for now) the brick-and-mortar infrastructure expense and set up a click-and-order enterprise in cyberspace. You can do it on the side, keeping your day job, just to make sure you have a revenue stream you can call your own (handy in case you are ever laid off). And if you start a business, even a small one on the side, you're taking on one of the best projects possible to help with the restoration of America.

All you need to know is this: the progressives would really rather you NOT start a business. Their bureaucratic sponsors have piled so many regulations and tax burdens on businesses (especially in places like California) that it's clear your entrepreneurial spirit is not welcome. They tax "the rich" (people who start businesses and create jobs) in gaudy disproportion - fewer than ten percent of taxpayers pay more than eighty percent of all taxes in America - and use the money for outlandish "entitlement" spending. Their Demediacrat sycophants constantly defame businesses, painting all entrepreneurs as greedy wealth-mongerers and corrupt corporations. No, the progressives would much rather have you dependent on them (the envisioned authoritarian state), taking unemployment and welfare payments, buying the food they allow you to buy with the food stamp cards they allow you to have, and being just the same as everyone else. Entrepreneurs are exceptional people. Progressives don't like exceptions.

But you can do it. Sure, the regs and taxes are onerous... but there are advisors out there who can still help you navigate it all (and you'll be helping their businesses, too, by giving them new client work). Hard work and creative ideas are still the most important inputs to any business... you need to invest some money, but not as much as you might think. And, like the long-ago supporters of Barrabas over Jesus (like the Easter reference?), the progressives are loud, but they're few. Get into business, and you'll find you have more friends and supporters than the progressives want you to believe.

Don't wait to be laid off and sent to the statists' bread line. Take at least one person (you) off their entitlement rolls (and, as your business grows, employ others and take them off the rolls, too). Do your part to restore America by restoring that most-essentially-American of institutions: the small business. The "little guy."

Now, THAT'S a restoration project!

The progressive cause hates entrepreneurs, and loves victims. It vitally depends on dependents. The more guts we show by doing things like starting businesses, the more damage we do to the progressives' cause, and the closer we come to the restoration of America.

Michael Hume is a speaker, writer, and consultant specializing in helping people maximize their potential and enjoy inspiring lives. As part of his inspirational leadership mission, he coaches executives and leaders in growing their personal sense of well-being through wealth creation and management, along with personal vitality.

Michael and his wife, Kathryn, divide their time between homes in California and Colorado. They are very proud of their offspring, who grew up to include a homemaker, a rock star, a service talent, and a television expert. Two grandchildren also warm their hearts! Visit Michael's web site at

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