Almost everywhere you look in the world today (especially the Middle East), there is confusion, conflict and catastrophic consequences to certain political activities. Rockets are being fired into Israel, which is retaliating with targeted strikes; ISIS (now IS) is threatening almost all of Iraq; Russia and Ukraine are apparently on the verge of a major conflict; there is civil war in Syria and Islamic unrest (Muslim versus Muslim) in Egypt.
Much is also being made today, by some here in the United States, about how corrupt politicians are an existential threat to our American way of life. One would almost think these politicos stand as the sole cause of America’s potential demise. The argument rages: “It’s the Senate, it’s the House, it’s the head of the VA, it’s the IRS leadership, it’s the CIA, and most of all it’s the president.”
We have become so accustomed to laying all our ills at the feet of our leaders that we have gotten to the point where not a single ounce of responsibility lies at the feet of those truly responsible for the current state of affairs. We completely absolve the true culprits of the real responsibility and then wonder, “How on earth could we find ourselves in such a predicament?” It seems we have forgotten who is really in charge and, subsequently, who is to blame. The real guilty parties? The American population – “We, the People.”
I have often written about the miracle of the American republic, how it was conceived and the divine wisdom imparted to our founders as they labored to coalesce 13 colonies of independent minds and regional peculiarities into a single great enterprise. This experiment, endeavor, enterprise has become the envy of the world and has singularly protected the rights of its citizens since March 4, 1789. Much has been written about the protections afforded to us by the Bill of Rights and the Constitution and we are, indeed, a blessed nation, and should be extremely grateful to the thousands who died to secure and defend these rights and privileges. Yes, we, like many other nations, had slavery, but we also fought the bloodiest war in our history to end it.
Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico are poster children for the failure of their people to place legitimate, law-abiding politicians, with concern for the people, in office. Instead, they have allowed gangsters, gunmen and greedy dictators to become their “leaders.” As a result, a Pew Research report, which is based on a Department of Homeland Security report, classifies two of the aforementioned countries as “world’s most violent” and all four are steeped in “deep poverty.” (Just FYI, an extremely high percentage of the “refugees” – i.e., illegal aliens with below-average education levels – requires “your taxes dollars.” Oops, sorry, “government assistance.“)
Deliberately excluding God from the Capitol is certainly a major cause of many of America’s challenges today, but that’s for another column. For now, let me just say that “We, the People” is one of the major reasons why we are where we are today.We vote for people based on their looks, charm, promises and public relations departments, not for their knowledge of the construct of the American system of government and a true commitment to it.
Many, if not most, of these politicians are seeking office with less-than-honorable motives and some primarily in pursuit of personal agendas. We elect them in spite of their, and our, lack of knowledge of America’s founding precepts and then can’t understand the dire consequences. (What is happening at the aforementioned Mexican border is a prime example.)
According to a U.S. State Department report, there are more than 4.4 million people awaitinglegalentry into the U.S., and immigration experts say the total number is probably much higher. Does anyone really wonder why there are literally millions of people waiting to come to America? In a word: freedom. America is the premier example of “liberty and justice for all” in the world today. People come here and, like you, are given the freedom to succeed or fail as they choose.
If we seriously consider how easily this gift of freedom, purchased with the blood of patriots, can slip away, perhaps we would come to our senses and realize that a few voting cycles of engaged and informed Americans could actually bring us back from the precipice.
We cannot afford to carelessly surrender our responsibility to be an informed citizenry who is prepared to vote into office only those who truly represent the founders’ concepts of freedom. This requires effort on our part, of course, but if we care enough to safeguard our precious freedoms, there is still time to turn the ship of state around and sail into open waters again.
All of the brilliance of the God-ordained principles behind America’s founding documents cannot make up for the ignorance of a people who do not seriously consider, and research, the choices set before them. With this knowledge, they should then in every election vote only for those who do not forget that “We, the People” are the rulers of the United States of America – not 435 representatives, 100 senators, nine Supreme Court justices and one president.
It’s about us!
“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” – Thomas Jefferson
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