The American spirit: independent, self-sufficient, pioneering, proud.....
One in seven of all Americans is now on food stamps, but that's not enough for the bureaucrats at the Department of Agriculture.
They're determined to increase that number, and to do that they must eliminate the "mountain pride" of certain Americans, who value personal responsibility and independence above all else, and get them on the government dole.
Community organizers don't quit easily. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, of the Agriculture Department gave "a Gold Award" recently to the local social workers in tiny Jefferson, N.C., between Husk and Deep Gap and not far from the Tennessee border, for bravely confronting "mountain pride" and increasing food-stamp participation in Ashe County by 10 percent.
Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, a Republican who represents thousands of constituents afflicted with mountain pride disease (as the feds might describe it), is particularly concerned that the Department of Agriculture focuses on trying to reform "culture" by eliminating long-held cultural beliefs, which are none of the government's business.
"I think it's a deep problem," he tells the Daily Caller, "when [federal] officials think it is their duty to overcome 'mountain pride' or the American sense of independence and individual responsibility."
Neither the senator or anyone else begrudges helping the hungry or helpless; indeed, it's a Christian's duty, as a Scots-Irishman would readily concede. But destroying the culture that tamed the frontier and shaped America will be beyond the power and ability of a messiah from Chicago.
What will happen when almost all of us are on the dole - or, at least aspire to that condition? Vote for four more years in November - and - we may get to find out.