founding fathers knew this day would come, when “we the people” would
become so focused on our own individual desires, that we would no
longer act in the interest of our nations needs.
They talked about America’s most fatal threat coming from within, in the form of self-servitude. They spoke of America’s eventual fall from the weight of decisions made by “me the people” without regard for “we the people”.
They knew that America’s
long term future would depend on “the people’s” ability to resist the
urge to vote ourselves money from the treasury, once we figured out
that we could. In short, they knew that a truly free self-governed
people would be free to self-destruct.
They knew that the one flaw in America’s
original design would surface once “we the people” realized we held the
power to vote strictly in our own self-interests. Consequently, they
knew that America’s success would produce the seeds of failure as well.
The fall of America will come from within, just as they worried. It begins with each of us putting “me” ahead of “we”.
society is based entirely on this premise today, with all the
hyphenated American’s who are more concerned with where they came from
than where they are going, more impressed by that which makes us
different, than that which makes us the same.
Everyone talks about the divide in America
today, but nobody takes personal responsibility for it. Many talk of
the need for national unity, but nobody really wants to unite. It might
be counter-productive to our own self-interests. In most cases it would
be, at least in the short term.
“me the people” system of self-governance provides a special
opportunity for would-be career politicians. It gives them the ability
to deal with us as voting blocks instead of as individuals. It makes it
possible for them to divide up segments of the populous based on
mathematical electoral equations, pandering to the wishes of a chosen
few, at the expense of “we the people”.
election season, everything becomes a wedge issue, and today, we start
the next campaign season upon completion of each election. So wedge
issues are perpetually in our headlines, making certain that “we” never
forget about “me”.
all of the focus is on “me”, we naturally gravitate towards those who
speak to our individual ideologies and desires. We accept as fact, only
that which supports our agenda, even when there is no factual basis.
someone challenges our set of facts, we simply discard them as
partisans, as political operative’s intent on advancing their agenda at
our expense. We assume there is no validity to their case, simply
because it doesn’t support our agenda, our ideology.
who is “anti-me”, must be a bigot, a “con” of some type, a “brown
shirt”. We recognize that our opponents have a clear agenda, but we
don’t realize that we do too. The only question is what is our personal
that defines which voting block the DNC will stick you in. Gay Right’s
advocates go into that block, Abortion activists in theirs, Affirmative
action folks in theirs, and so on. Add them all together, and you have
a party of single issue voters.
Ask yourself a question, and no matter which voting block defines you today, answer it honestly.
the Republican Party were willing to accept same-sex marriage,
affirmative action, abortion, illicit drug use, removing religion from
public view, free stuff for everyone, and a kinder gentler means of
dealing with our enemies abroad, would Democrats even have a Party
all know the answer to this question; it was just a reality check. Move
these voting blocks to the “R” column in the last 30 years of
elections, and the DNC would not muster 10% of the popular vote, or
have a party. That makes these the “issues of division”, and those who
profit by them, the dividers.
problem is, while each of these issues is supported by some people
focused on their own self-interests, none of them are supported by the
majority of “we the people”. The reason they don’t have broad public
support has nothing to do with anyone’s desire to trample on anyone’s
has to do with what is in the best interest of our country, and it is
after all, “we the people” who are charged with the responsibility of
making such judgments in this self-governed Republic of ours.
sometimes, Republicans are guilty as well. This word “mandate” seems to
get batted around a lot these days, implying that a certain magical
margin of victory gives them the Right to tyrannize the other side of
the aisle. This view is equally wrong and every bit as short sighted…
face it, we all know the dismal future of a divided country, and anyone
paying half attention has already figured out that only wannabe career
politicians benefit from our division.
nobody seems willing to admit is that we have created this division
ourselves, by focusing all of our attention on “me” issues, forgetting
that the “we” issues are of much greater importance, of much greater
a house divided stand? Never in history has one been able to, so there
is no reason to believe our experience will end any differently.
Can our house be united? Only if “we” take the focus off of “me”.
anyone willing to change in order to unite our nation? Only those
willing to face the reality that this divide is entirely
self-inflicted. Promoted and exploited by political operatives for
sure, but created by us, as a direct result of our self-centered single
America has united in the past, and it will again, when America comes first… Not one day sooner!