On Thanksgiving Day in 1986, President Reagan gave a radio address to the American people on the subject of generosity. He emphasized that big government programs are no replacement for good work done by volunteers and the private sector.

My, how times have changed!

Not that the American people have changed, but our politicians certainly sing a different tune.

Americans are just as generous as ever, and they would much rather choose who to help than support government programs in which they have no say.

We’ve seen example after example showing that people’s needs are not best served by federal rulings and bureaucracies weighed down by politics and paperwork. Decisions for a family, a town, or a state are best made on those levels, not by an outsider with their own agenda.

But our politicians don’t seem to believe that, and our President certainly doesn’t. He’s out to ‘save’ the American people one regulation at a time, whether they like it or not, because he thinks he knows what’s best for our individual lives.

He should take a page from Reagan’s book. Reagan knew that national virtues start on the local level, and generosity is most effective when directed by the people themselves.

About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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