This big world is a really interesting place isn't it? My goodness, here we are, a bunch of humanity, seven billion or so, running around trying to do what humans have always done, survive. Here in America we have survived and prospered since those first Pilgrims came here and started moving across the lands. Like all other migrations on the planet in its history, the strongest survive and just like the jungle, the lion is king. America is the lion.
What has all this taught us in this land of milk and honey? To be grateful for those that have allowed us, through their sacrifices and hard work, to prosper as no other people ever have. Of course this America is just a snapshot of today and if we keep humble and energetic, believe in GOD and Constitutions, America will weather these hard times and be here for a long time. I sometimes despair about the government and the weakness of men and women, those that have the leadership positions. But they are transitory. People throughout history have at some point, removed the despots and regained their dignity and freedom from the power mad. America does this through elections while other places achieve their goals through force of arms.
America is in a conundrum right now. We are trying to figure out what has happened to make such a mess of things. I think it is laziness and ignorance mainly, with a dash of "taken for granted" and selfishness. There is a big monster in the room though. It is called "liberalism" and it is in our face every day. Under the guise of saving us from ourselves liberalism has filled the crack of life with a faux glue and is wrecking all that our ancestors have fought and died for. Just sixty years ago our fathers and mothers saved the planet from fascism and tyranny by the spilling of their blood. Millions died under the tyranny of power mad leaders and their followers. Our people defeated them because the ideas of freedom and liberty were far greater and more important than power.
Over my lifetime though I have seen that eroded by people who have no understanding of the sacrifices our ancestors made. The liberals have taken over the education of our public schools and in response to the secular "picking and choosing" of the "truth" the textbooks now are full of fibs and untruths. Sure, Americans have their share of responsibility in regards to "bad" things. But I prefer that we teach our kids the truth about the good as well. It appears the "self-guilt" of liberalism prevails over the goodness most people experience. When there are few lines of the goodness of Lincoln and Washington and Jefferson and many about their personal failings in certain areas, why should we not expect our people to be cynical?
Self flagellation has its place but not here. We can teach our people that even though bad things can happen to good people and countries that we all strive to be better. Better though does not mean to me the government running my life! I don't even recognize I am in charge of it many days. That is what we have allowed. I say allowed because we are a Republic and and somehow we now have mob rule. We seem to have allowed people of limited mental capacity, mostly democrats/liberals, to use emotions to gain control. Logic and brains are now viewed as "cold" and unworthy. But I say there has to be a mix of both. We are a animal with a brain. We are the only animals on the planet that know we are alive. We have the ability to think and reason and as far as I know, that is unique to humans. But somehow logic, reason and the ability to know right from wrong is missing in many people.
I watch the news, comment here on my blog and others, and have been active in my community in politics and other volunteer endeavors. I have seen the best and the worst of people. Sometimes I have probably been guilty of bad behaviour as well. But for me, if someone is using their noggin correctly, in conjunction with ethical and moral behavior, then good things happen. If people leave others alone and cherish their freedom, I would expect them to leave heir opinions home. But we have turned the desire to make a perfect planet into laws of every stripe and intent. From banning smoking cigarettes with 25 feet of a door to selling marijuana from dispensers that kids can access. (same people on both) We have GOD in our Constitutions and Declaration of Independence yet force it under threat of punishment fro the very buildings housing those documents.
We have become divided ideologically in America and it has now spread across the planet. The desire for freedom, individual rights and the protection of one's life and property are under siege in America and many other countries. Private property has become simply a piece of land (or personal property, like money) being held for the eventual takeover by the government. If you don't pay your property taxes they come and take it. If you want to build a business they extort your land (and money) for some "public" good. They tell you to build a home by their rules even though it is your hard earned money that will build it on your land. I saw all this coming back in the 80's and I tried to alert the people about this coming usurpation of rights and ownership. Now we have even given the government our own bodies! Healthcare is now a government requirement or you pay a fine!
All we have done is allow the proverbial "frog" to be placed in cold water and over time, cooked its goose by slowly raising the temperature. We are the frog. But we can solve all this if we desire. We have to organize and turn out to get those people, those political elected's, at all levels of government, out. Replace them with those that believe in liberty and individual freedom. Our Constitution is not just some "outline" to be added to through clever laws and unclever regulations. 80,000 pages of Federal Register entries in one year should scare the crap out of Americans. But it appears most people are to busy on their I-Phones and posting pictures of their dinner on Facebook to pay attention. When they start paying attention I hope it is election day and you toss the liberals and replace them with people who truly care about you and the country.