Today I’d like to continue the series of discussions about some ideas that we Americans embrace, that I ,frankly, believe are unbalanced, preposterous, nonsensical, daffy: in short, CRAZY.
WE ARE ONE NATION, UNDER GOD!!!
If you believe that, I have the proverbial bridge in NY to sell you, dirt cheap.
I watched the movie “Lincoln” last night and came away with the realization that although 618,000 people died in the Civil War, we are no closer to being “united” than in 1866.
At the end of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address are the words “Government of the people, by the people, for the people . . . ”
Let’s look at that in the light of our government in 2013:
The words “of the people” seem to apply. we have elections and people decide what the makeup of the government will be.
By the people, also rings true. People down to the smallest quarter of our great land participate in the process of determining the nature of our policy making institutions.
For the people. OOPS!!! Something’s wrong. For the people, means everyone; nobody excluded; nobody left behind.
Let’s be honest, is that the America we are seeing now? The answer is obvious. Somehow, we have managed to allow large groups of our citizens to fall by the wayside; sometimes in direct contradiction to the law and the will of the people.
How can we allow this to happen? Why doesn’t the will of the people have any meaning. Why is there such apathy on the part of those who go to the ballot box to decide an issue and then relax their efforts when follow through is required?
Freedom takes work. You don’t have to pick up a gun and go off to war, you simply have to be actively holding your elected officials feet to the fire to assure that they pay attention to your intentions.
We can’t wait until the 2014 or 2016 elections to correct this injustice. The time for action is now. Make sure that your representatives know that you are expecting them to make good on their promises; politics aside.
You have probably noticed that I have not made any reference to one party or the other. That is for good reason. The problem is on both sides of the aisle.
More next time. In the interim, GET INVOLVED!!! The opportunity to correct these grievances is fast disappearing.