Saturday, February 28, 2009


From the desk of Freddie L. Sirmans, Sr. Nov. 04, 2004
For some reason I have an urge to write about the great depression that happen back in the early nineteen thirties. The first thing is I think we can forget about a depression happening in this country. That option has been taken aways from us because of our big government provider role. I think what we are going to face is something that is much, much worse.

I think what we are headed toward is chaos and total collapse if we don't wake up as a nation. I don't think any government should ever take on a long term role as a provider, period. We have created something on a mass scale that has never happen in the history of mankind. We have lulled ourselves into a false sense of security on a mass scale. Never have so many people become almost totally dependent on a provider government with a vanishing nuclear family structure and no strong moral code intact as a security blanket.

Without these protections in place when faced with hunger and other survival struggles we could turn on one another and the expression "Dog eat dog" will be an under statement. With the whole world's unquenchable thirst for oil and all kinds of terrorist and economical threats out there, a severe calamity could hit any moment. Just think about it, what would happen if our economy collapsed. Huh, Most people will look at you like you are a kook, because most people in this land of mass big government dependency is asleep.

Just like a little kid will think milk and eggs comes only from the grocery store, most people think the government can't go broke because it will always be able to squeeze another dollar out of tax payers. Not true, the government can and will go broke or make money worthless by flooding the economy with worthless money. In my view we have gotten too far away from the basics, our food supply and almost everything else has become mass produced, centralized, and trucked long distance.

All of this requires oil, oil has almost become the nations only life blood we can't survive without mass supplies. If for whatever reason the government couldn't make it payroll, there is no backup plan to survive in this country without money. If a depression did hit us we would zoom right pass it to the next stage because people would be rioting in the streets. The people would have no means of surviving without their checks.

The government would have no choice but to print worthless money to buy time. But, after about three months of printing worthless money it would have no value. With money being worthless there may not be any dependable law enforcement. During emergencies we depend almost entirely on paid caretakers. Well, what would happen if money is worthless and there is no pay. Huh, you haven't thought about it, but in a struggle to survive nothing should be ruled out.

With our nuclear family in shambles and our moral and family values at it lowest there is nothing to stop us from going for each others throats. It could mean the survival of the meanest and the baddest, it could mean every man for himself. Anybody with real wisdom in this country knows that big government dependency is eventually going to destroy this country but politically don't know how to do anything about it.

True wise men and women have long realized we should dismantle big government to save our culture, but like myself knows it's not going to happen. I hate to admit it but we are past the stage of no return we all are too government dependent. In the eyes of nature our circumstance is normal because for a country to survive long term, rebirths must take place every so often. Just look at our economy, almost everything is out of balance.

People can't pay their bills. People are in debt way over their heads. Still, there are many people rolling in dough. Just look at the tax system, it is a disgrace, still, I get suspicious anytime they start talking about simplifying the tax system because in the past it always ended up in worse shape. I'm one that don't buy this idea that the poor or low income shouldn't pay income taxes. I think everyone should pay their fair share even if its not but a penny.

I think we should have a system where everyone pays a flat rate at a fixed percentage with a ascending sir charge rate table for upper income levels. Also, provide a ascending discount rate table for the poor and low income, no deductions and excuses for anyone, period. All one would need to do was look at the rate chart and fill in four or five blanks spaces, done. Also, I have enough faith in the American people to believe they would still support their favorite charity.

That way everybody would pay something, no one would go Scott free. The rich could no longer escape through tax shelters. Plus, like it is now, why should the poor care about income tax increases, they don't have an investment in the system, someone else is caring the load.The poor always seem to find a way to play the lottery, why not make a small investment in their own country. After all, their votes cancels out tax paying votes. Sure, its tough love but I'm one that doesn't believe in pampering anyone.

You never let the poor drown but the fact is you only help the poor by forcing them to try to help themselves first. Otherwise, you cross that thin line and create a life long handicapped dependent. Many will think I'm cold and mean, and when it comes to the survival of this great country, I am. Peace, I rest my case. There are so much crud and other obsolete stuff built up in the economy that only a rebirth can save the whole thing from collapsing.

But, the sad thing is we don't have a strong nuclear family and moral value system in place to nurture us through a normal rebirth. It is good that we live in a land of luxury and plenty, but it can lull one into a false sense of security. Actually it only takes food, shelter, and warmeth to survive. 

Sure, these three simple things are taken for granted and is seen as a given, but don't kid yourself about their importance. One can't eat a fine car or a million dollars.It may come a time when a garden and a shotgun is worth more than a million dollars.In the year of our Lord this twenty sixth day of December two thousand four A.D.From the desk of Freddie L. Sirmans, Sr.

A tender moment: I, Freddie L. Sirmans, Sr. have fought to keep my composure because I think it is weak, unmanly and self serving to succumb to soft and mushy feelings. But, I decided to give in and share a brief glimpse of my tender side.

As a small child I was called a cry baby because I would cry at the drop of a hat. Today as much as I know better, I still feel crying is a weakness and will go to great lengths to conceal it. But, I'm going to let the secret out, which is, I never really stopped being a cry baby. At the age of sixty two I still will cry at the drop of a hat. Recently in my home town I sat in my vehicle waiting for what seemed like an endless stream of motor cycles to pass. Strapped to the bikes with bungee cords were toys.

There were choppers, hogs, sidecars, and bikes of every make and model. The riders were black, white, red, brown, yellow, bearded, clean shaven, muscular, tall, short, fat, slim, young, old, male, and female. But, they all had one thing in common, a toy to light up the face of a needy child with a smile for Christmas. As I sat there alone in my vehicle, teary eyed, I had to repeat three words, "Thank you God" over and over to keep from being over flooded.
I could not help but think of the Frenchman (Alexis de Tocqueville) that came in search to understand the secret of America's greatness. 

After some time he came to a conclusion. "America is great because America is good." Indeed, I do concur. Amen. PS: (Later, I've learned De Tocqueville Didn't actually say those words, but to me it doesn't matter, it's still the truth.) In the year of our Lord this sixth day of January two thousand five A.D. From the desk of Freddie L. Sirmans, Sr.

I've changed: I truly believe that the Lord work in mysterious ways. Also, I believe we all have a guarding angel, but most of us don't listen. To arrive at my present stage in life I know I did not make it without some unexplained help. A few time in my past, suddenly out of nowhere I just knew not to do something that later I found would have done me great harm. During my early years I was not as responsible or committed as I should have been.

Harsh physical discipline as a child kept me in line. But, it left me overly passive, insecure, and neurotic. The down side to being neurotic is it makes one super aware of their actions and surroundings. Then anything forbidden or threating in anyway can become an over powering distraction, which can rob one of peace of mind when around others. The only truly way out is to learn to forgive and do good. As a child, below the surface at my core there was no real commitment or conviction for hardly anything.

There were very little I wouldn't do if I thought I could get away with it and no one would ever know. I've come a long ways. I've changed. To the best of my judgement I'm going to forgive and do good in this world for the rest of my life. "So many mentally toils and snares I've overcome and is still standing with a positive thankful attitude." So many times if left entirely up to me it would have been easy to just end it all, but it's not an option to intentionally hurt my family or loved ones.

For some reason an individual once told me, "We are affected by your struggle, why don't you just end it all," my response was mute, but I felt no-way hosa. Indeed, the price for super great wisdom doesn't come without great suffering. Thank you God. Thank you God. Thank you God.....