Charlie Daniels
By Charlie Daniels | December 4, 2012 | 12:18 PM EST

We have all seen the television images of rioters in Greece protesting the austerity measures the Greek government and the European Union are having to institute to keep the Greek economy on life support.

The only thing that's keeping it breathing now are the cash infusions members of the EU have provided with promises from the Greek government to put their fiscal house in order, and the people in the street either don't know or probably don't care that they have already reaped the temporary benefits of socialism and now the party is over.

No matter how long the protestors stay in the street, no matter how much property they destroy or how long they stay out of work or how many marches they organize, no matter how petulant or violent they become, to use an old country saying, now it's root hog or die.

I have no idea whether or not the people of Greece who have been raised at the bloated teat of socialism and steeped in the tradition that prosperity is only a matter of putting the right politicians in office, will ever be able to grasp the proposition that, "he who don't work don't eat."

A dependent society is a weak society and easily lead by anyone who can provide a quick fix, even a temporary easing of the pain, someone who can point a finger at a political ideology or group or race of people to blame their problems on, and will, bit by bit, increment by increment, grant that leader sweeping powers that take away all their personal freedom and make them totally dependent on a monolithic central government.

Unquenched power is an ominous thing.

They become a nation without states rights or local identity, in essence a number, a ward of the state, chaff to be blown in whatever direction the government decides to take them.

I know a lot of you who read my columns are of the "Give me liberty or give me death" persuasion, as I am, but have you looked around you lately at what America has become?

We have a president who is chipping away our individual rights a little at a time and an electorate with a majority that either doesn't know or doesn't care as long as they think it won't affect them personally, and that number grows larger each day.

Presidential edicts, czars, executive privilege, United Nations charters, the taking away of state and personal rights all transfer power to the government and my friends, it's happening right before our eyes.

We have heard the phrase, "America is on the road to becoming like Greece" so much that it's become a cliché, but the sorry reality is that it's the truth.

All the road signs are there: the unsustainable entitlements, profligate spending, crushing debt, irresponsible borrowing, more and more government intrusion into our lives, closer and closer ties to the United Nations, the Occupy Wall Street type protestors, identifying successful people as the cause of the have nots’ misfortune and a young charismatic president who is politically astute and absolutely adored by a fawning national media.

If somebody doesn't put their foot on the brakes soon, this train is going off the track, and all the king’s horses and all the king’s men won't be able to put it back on again. And once the genie is out of the bottle, things will fall apart so quickly and so completely, it will make your head spin.

When the golden goose breathes its last, when the monthly entitlements don't come in the mail, when martial law is declared and the banks declare a holiday so you can't take your money out, when the grocery shelves start emptying and the rioters hit the street in earnest, you won't have to wonder what happened.

You'll be experiencing socialism in its finest hour.

It's lurking in the shadows.

What do you think?

Pray for our troops and the peace of Jerusalem