So are we just going to change our government in this country every two to four years? I get it, people are upset with the direction the country is headed. However, the people need to stop blaming the government, and take some initiative for change on themselves.
Currently, we’re fighting two wars costing us millions of dollars a day. Our national debt is over $13 trillion, and ten years after having a budget surplus we have a trillion dollar budget deficit.
We are addicted to foreign oil, spending God-knows how much annually to gas up our cars, bottle our water and Mountain Dew, and make plastic grocery bags. This is billions we send to other countries annually. Many of the people in those countries hate us too; several OPEC member states are even openly hostile to the United States.
This foreign oil addiction is akin to throwing money in the street. You gas up, and aside from whatever little amount per gallon the convenience store takes off the top, you’re taking that money you earned out of the American economy and sending it overseas.
On top of our deficit, the national debt, and the financing of our way of life by sending dollars overseas, the country wants free healthcare. The country wants more without examining what it has. The United States wants to have its cake and eat it too.
But what does it do to achieve these ends? It puts its faith in a group of career-minded politicians concentrated in a small district between Virginia and Maryland. The people of the US vote new people into the house and senate every two years, and then sit back and wait for the change to come. Then two years later, the other side says the change didn’t come, so the people of the US repeat the process.
Einstein defines insanity as doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results. What this country needs to do is pick a path, stay on it, and get involved with steering itself down it.
The most important thing right now is finding a path of progress and sustainability. Progress beyond the problems du jour, and sustainability so that we can continue having a high standard of living for future generations. This isn’t going to be something any group of politicians can deliver, it’s gonna come from a reappraisal of our values, and from personal and societal sacrifice.
Prior to and into WWII, this country was in a great depression. What carried us out of it weren’t the dramatic social programs enacted by president Franklin Roosevelt, but the country’s production and sacrifice. This got us through the war, and lifted us out of the depression. When our armies returned home they had the means and an economy to build a new infrastructure, and to start a new society.
We also want jobs and a strong economy in this country. What better way to secure our future by creating something that is ours, and that produces money, and keeps it right here in the United States. I’m talking about ending our addiction to foreign oil, and building a new industry of clean homegrown energy and sustainability. This is the war we can fight to bring production back into this country. This is how we can get a leg up on all the foreign investors we’re selling our future to.
This is the kind of vision and path our country will have to take. These are the values our leaders need to instill in us, and need to adopt themselves. Enough with the finger pointing! The politicians who were replaced were the politicians who were doing what they were elected to do in 2006 and 2008.
Keith Olbermann said, both parties now own the economy. So let’s stick with the government we chose now and take a look a ourselves and what we can do rather than start over with a new government every two years.
As John F. Kennedy said, “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.”