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Are We the Best Country in the World?


{Stepping up to the podium, tapping the microphone and with a sigh, I look out upon the crowd as the fear grips me. I come to the realization that I am about to say things that might not be popular or accepted. Swallowing the fear, taking a deep breath, I commit to the moment. }

Is the United States the best country in the world?

I have thought about this question many times over the past few decades. Once, I believed the answer was yes. We are the greatest, most advanced, and most powerful country that exists. Unfortunately, that time of naivety has evaporated along with the belief in the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus. The U.S. may once have been one of the greatest countries in the world. However, as the country grows out of puberty and into adulthood, the U.S. is exchanging its teenaged ideology for the complacent persona of middle-aged greed. To answer the question presented, no, the U.S. is no longer the greatest country in the world. Before the mob gathers the noose and prepares to hang me from the nearest tree, let me explain. 

Once, as a country, we held our heads high with a pride that was based on the core values of innovation, education, and integrity. We raced to the stars, fought for equality, and revolutionized industry. Pride was felt in a good day’s work. Our beliefs were based on earning everything you have and there was no such thing as a free lunch. Charity is what you did for others not what you held your hand out to receive. Success in school was measured by personal dedication and effort in all subjects, not just the subjects that appear on a national standardized test. Politicians were voted into office because of their stance on issues or principles, conviction, and a shared belief; not because of party affiliation. Yes, once we were the greatest country in the world and we earned that title through the blood, sweat, and tears of our people and their leaders. Somewhere, we lost our way.

We have become a country where social programs created to help those in need have become a crutch that encourages laziness. Why would someone strive to work or improve their situation if they can receive a handout for doing the minimum or nothing? These government programs allow the status quo to continue without putting ownership on those receiving assistance to change their situation. New government programs are continually created that are perpetuating this mentality by sustaining generation after generation of dependents on the program. How is this possible? The politicians that advocate the programs are seeking voters by creating a cycle of dependency.

The current reality of our political arena is much different than the world of our grandparents. Elections are bought by corporations and special interest groups who easily manipulate an ignorant populace. We are in the most polarized political landscape since the Civil War where voters no longer cast their vote based on belief in the candidate but the party they represent or rumors they believe. How are the voters expected to make informed decisions when the media, with its lost objectivity, clamors to spoon feed their political affiliates and satisfy their demographic focus for their advertisers? Making an informed decision has fallen to the sidelines in favor of the convenience of a ten-second sound bite. No longer are truth and journalistic creed part of the equation. Now is a time of instant gratification, tweets, and digital headlines where honest debate has slipped aside for tabloid politics. The integrity of the democratic process seems to have gone up for sale to the highest bidder on EBay.

What do the corporations get for their money? Corporations get a supportive political landscape that panders to their every whim allowing them to move jobs out of the country in favor of profits.  At some point, we went from being the greatest industrial nation of innovation and manufacturing to a nation of mostly service based industries. Why? Corporations, with the blessing of the government find more profit in moving jobs to other industrial nations, where the wages can be reduced and labor laws are not as strict? In return, factories that employed thousands are sitting vacant with only weeds and rust being produced where once steel, automobiles, and textiles flowed from their loading bays.

With the closing of businesses, communities not only lose jobs, families and stability but also the ability and willingness to fund education. In a panic to keep funding and comply with national and state education standards, school districts shift the focus away from quality education to meeting the objectives of standardized test scores. These standards are forced on the districts by policies of state and local governments based on political agendas. Educators, in the hopes of maintaining their jobs, are expected to push the agenda set before them at the cost of learning and creativity that once made the U.S. the innovators on the global landscape. All the while, teachers are blamed for not only lowering the education standards but also for not meeting the needs of the individual students. Emphasis falls on to the tested subjects with other programs falling away. Children are force fed the test subjects and expected to perform without the essential skills they need. Without a strong emphasis on subjects like history, the values and foundation our country was built upon are slowly slipping away from future generations.  As a nation, we are failing the future generations and dumbing down the population. Could it be that a less educated population is easier to manipulate?

Why do I have this view? I come from a generation that put emphasis on working hard for what you want, not expecting it to be given. I have the ability to write, read, and have intellectual thoughts because teachers were able to guide me into fostering my own ideas and opinion. I grew up in a time where history and the arts were taught to give an understanding of mistakes and accomplishment of our past. If I needed understanding, I searched through many ideas to find the answers, not open a browser and look for a bite-sized tidbit. Back then when honor in action and words meant something, where information could be trusted to be more fair and objective unlike the pretense of objectivity we now have in the age of 24 hour news channels and Wikipedia.

I love my country. I believe that we were once the greatest country in the world. Then again, the Roman Empire was once the greatest empire known to the civilized world. Once upon a time, the sun never set on the British Empire. We used to reach for the stars, now we reach for the remote and our wallets. We believed in what we stood for and held our heads up high. We were the envy of the world. I want to know that time again before I leave this world. Will you help me to achieve it?

{Steps away from the podium.}

Until next time…

jerryb

© 2012

Related Post: Talking Heads Without A Voice; Big Business in America: The Money Pit; Help Wanted: Parents; Government Cheese…Burger?

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2012 in Editorial, Politics

 

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Convertibles, Winehouse, and Surviving the End of the World


Time to be great.

Time to be great.

Well, it finally happened. I can’t hold it in any longer so here it is spilling out onto the screen. You know, the little observations building inside wanting to bubble out but, when you try sharing them with others, it doesn’t have the same “umph” it did in your head while you were observing it. In my head, I have a little filing cabinet in which I keep just such little tidbits about the world around me. Though some will not agree and others will just shake their heads while walking away, I have to unload them, spread them out for others to share, comment, and poke fun at. Why must I do this? Can’t I just leave them stuffed quietly in their drawer collecting dust? Well, I could but, there is a problem. If I keep these observations hidden in their dark little corners, I will eventually spew (yes, I said it) out all over the unsuspecting public in the most inappropriate way. So, like any well-behaved, moderately shy person, I am going to dump them here and make room for the next batch. Once released into the wild, they will no longer haunt my thoughts. Shall we begin?It ever amazes me people will spend an obscene amount of money on a shiny sports car that will do 0 to 60 in less time than it takes a hooker to collect her payment, only to sit right beside me in the same rush hour traffic day in and day out. For all of the speed and prestige their $60,000 glittering, over-compensation tool may hold, rush hour is the great equalizer, leaving them rolling along at a whopping 5 miles per hour. They are so proud of their little convertibles they think nothing at all of showing all of us, in 5 pm traffic hell, how completely cool they are by keeping the top down in 100 degree temperatures, all the while blinding us with their gleaming bald spots. Can I say “hair care for men”? Seriously!

While we are on the subject of convertibles, exactly how much hair spray does it take to keep one’s hair in place while driving down the highway? I am not talking about mostly in place. This is the “not a hair moving at 60 miles per hour” helmet hair. Not really something that screams “sexy” in my book. Somewhere, an elderly Aqua Net sales representative is collecting his bonus check.

Speaking of bonuses, what is the driving factor in the argument over the national budget? The last time I saw so many people getting paid so much money to accomplish absolutely nothing would be the St. Louis Blues about five years ago. Or could it have been the Rams last year and the year before that? We live in a country which elects its representatives who have not represented anything but their own bank accounts for as long as anyone can remember. In fact, it almost seems the politicians are working against the country-forget the whole represent the people thing.  We spend money on programs that lead nowhere while good programs have to panhandle for funds just to keep going. Corporations hold out their hands and get billions, of dollars to produce sub-par products and whine when nobody wants to buy them anymore. It isn’t like we have many good choices at the polls either to make a change. As long as our representatives are catering to the special interest groups and fighting just for the sake of fighting, their padded bonuses will continue to swell while we will continue to fall further and further from the mark.

How do you segue from politics to Amy Winehouse? I am not sure, but we lost a great, wonderful person in the not too distant past, a shining star in the music industry, an inspiration to all the little tweens out there. Who am I kidding? Winehouse is just another example of the media picking a scab. Over the years, Amy was known more for her off stage substance abuse and less for her musical talent. She had a song all about resisting rehab -it is not like we didn’t see this coming. Even in her tabloid obituary photos, the media reports are showing pictures of her arrest and drunken antics. The one thing that upsets me the most about her untimely passing is that, because she died at the young age of twenty-seven, they are comparing her to the truly legendary musicians, such as Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, and Kurt Cobain, who are members of the rock and roll’s ’27 club’. This group of musicians passed away at the same age as our recently departed Winehouse. I hope that music historians don’t look back and idolize Winehouse because she had the ill-timed, coincidental passing at the same age. Instead, they should look upon her as the poster child for television shows such as: Intervention, Celebrity Rehab, and COPS. And do we really have to point out that heroin is bad? The “tragic” deaths brought about by heroin recently are tragic because these people could not shake their addictions.  However like the aforementioned Winehouse, they were not unforeseen. So RIP Corey Montieth and Phillip Seymour Hoffman your talents will be missed but hopefully others will heed the lessons from your sad lives.

Speaking of fast cars and stupid celebrities, why must the breaking news be about Justin Bieber?  From egging his neighbor’s house, to driving too fast and recklessly through Florida in a rented-yes you guessed it-convertible sports car, Bieber has been off the rails.  He is not “news”, he is a cautionary tale to be told alongside the likes of another former child star like Lindsey Lohan. Their antics go beyond stupidity to just criminal and while we have to keep Lohan, can we give Bieber back to Canada now?

With all the tragedy all over the news and the decline of inspirational television, it is no wonder that the two largest growing entertainment segments are survival shows and zombies. Discovery Channel is producing a wealth of information on how to survive common situations. These are the situations that you may find yourself thrust into at any moment. Just think, you are on your way to the grocery store, and without warning, you are stuck in the jungles of Central America with only a piece of twine and cell phone battery. It could be that you are coming back from taking the children on a family vacation and get lost in the wilds of the Everglades. Who puts themselves in these situations? I will admit that I am a fan of these shows but by the time I am stranded on a remote Pacific island, I won’t be running through my mental index of how to find the nastiest bugs that will give me 20 mg of protein to survive on for the next three days. What happened to just taking your kids to Boy Scouts and learning how to start a fire with twine and a stick?

It isn’t surprising with the news that we see every morning, the greed and corruption around us at every turn, and the self-destructive idols marketed to us each day, why the idea of learning how to survive the end of civilization has become popular. Just think how many of these shows you have on your DVR right now or what books you are stockpiling on how to make tools like McGyver. Is it really any wonder that the end of the world brought on by flesh-eating zombies is more comforting than the age-old fear of destruction by World War III? At least we will be prepared…

Until next time…

jerry b

© 2011

 

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2011 in Editorial, Humor, Life, Politics

 

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Help Wanted: Parents


Nothing seems to stir up a group of people more than a commentary on parenting. Many people believe that parents are actually responsible for raising their children, not turning them over to the government to make their parenting responsibilities easier, or at times, take their choices away. Through legislation, regulations, and the expectations of our public school system to do all the work, we turn our children over to others to raise.

When did it become someone elses job to raise our children?

When did it become someone elses job to raise our children?

Why are there not regulations regarding who should be parents? We have to pass a test to get our driver’s license, to practice a trade, or to get a job, but there is not a certification to be allowed to be a parent. Anyone can reproduce, whether they are mature or stable enough to take care of their children, whether the child is a product of carelessness or misfortune, wanted or not. Some people who stumble into parenthood come out as wonderful, caring parents while others sentence their children to a life without guidance or support.

The irresponsible parents choose not to properly care for their children, but instead push their parental responsibilities off on schoolteachers, television and video games, along with feeding their children whatever is convenient with little regard to nutritional content. Once the child inevitably fails, these “parents” are the first people to point the finger at someone else claiming the system failed their child. Why not blame everyone but themselves, they have pushed the task they chose to undertake onto others.

Whatever happened to family values putting an emphasis on raising children and guiding them through their early years? Though our society has changed from a home with a stay-at-home mother to one that has both parents working, does that mean we should just give up on our responsibilities to our children? Instead of teaching values like hard work to the children, we show them that effort is not required. Parents model behavior. No motivation to cook a meal for the family-have food delivered. Break something in the house-don’t even attempt to fix it- go buy a replacement. Children pick up these lessons quickly. No effort put forth in school resulting in low grades-blame the teachers. When punishment inconveniences the adults’ plans, then give in to the child, consequences to our actions do not really matter right? Is this a way to build our future generations? Each generation becomes more complacent and self-entitled without regard to hard work and respect. Yet as these role-model deficient kids get older, they are the first people to shout injustice when they do not get what they want.

Let us review the changes that have weakened the family and respect of our youth:

  • Within the past 20 years, corporal punishment has been removed from our public school system and replaced with suspension. So, let’s look at this from another perspective. If a child skips class they are punished by being barred from the very class they didn’t attend in the first place. Then parents get outraged because they have to make arrangements for child care during the suspension. Do they get upset at the child? No, they scream at the school system. However, these are the same parents that were outraged by their child getting “swats” in the first place.
  • The failing of the school system, due to the higher expectations and lack of parental involvement, prompted the federal government to institute the “No Child Left Behind” program in the mid-nineties. This program shifted the focus of education away from improving overall education to that of a school system report card, reflected in the state-wide testing. Any school that does not meet a certain testing grade for their overall district was penalized. With the fear of losing funding or accreditation, the focus shifted only to the areas covered by these tests. The teaching of life skills and other areas that will help to build a more balanced child have been removed from curricula, deemed further down the priority list than math, science and reading skills. In theory “No Child Left Behind” would have been a good program had it focused on the education of children, but instead it was underfunded and became a way to target schools and specific teachers
  • As bad as “No Child Left Behind” was, the “Common Core Standards” are much worse. With Common Core the basic flaws are two-fold. First Common Core completely dummies-down the curriculum while making simple processes harder. Take a look online at Common Core Math. Children get the bare basics education and forget anything enriching.       While the program stresses reading, our reading skills have deteriorated to the point of near illiteracy in high schools. Secondly, Common Core does not focus on the students’ learning but rather on the teachers-who are not allowed to teach-once again not holding the right people accountable.
  • The hundreds of television stations are not a cause for concern, but the change in focus to commercialized shows geared for toddlers, under the pretense of being educational, has encouraged parents to start allowing children to watch more and more television. The convenience of putting their child in front of the television instead of interacting with them, has encouraged many parents to use the TV as a babysitter. Shows in the toddler/preteen genre are used to primarily market products and reach viewers during the most influential and developmentally important years of kids’ lives. The early indoctrination into a life of television has shown a decrease in developmental skills. In addition the added television viewing obviously is adding to the rampant childhood obesity in the US by promoting a sedentary lifestyle early on.

While there have always been irresponsible and bad parents, it seems as though there are more now, or maybe the shortcut parenting is just more acceptable in society. What is it going to take for parents to become parents again? Having a child is more than just about giving birth. From the moment a child takes their first breath, the parents are supposed to be there to guide them, show them how to be someone who commands and give respect, possesses a desire for accomplishments, and holds honesty as a desired trait. Being a parent is a lifelong task. It does not end with conception, with labor or the eighteenth birthday. We are supposed to teach, guide and show our children how to be a better people, productive members of society, people of character. It takes time, effort, and patience. Tough choices must be made and sacrifices are required. It takes more than existence and presence to be a parent. Stand against the norm, if that is what it takes.

Until next time…

© 2010

 

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2010 in Children, Family, Politics

 

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Unhappy Government Cheese…Burger?


Goverment is taking the fun out of the meal

Government is taking the fun out of the meal.

Ronald McDonald is not feeling the love in California as lawmakers attempt to change the happiness of the Happy Meal. The new ordinance in San Francisco will ban the burger giant from adding enticing toys in the long time successful kid’s meal. Requiring instead, that the heavy calorie meals to add fruits and vegetable to the box menu. What is the goal of the new regulations? It is an effort for the government to fight childhood obesity.

Americans in general have a love/hate relationship with food. We tend to like what is bad for us while disdaining what is good. Though, some of the population has started to buy into the marketing push that only organic food is healthy; while there is a growing vegetarian population that has garnered its spots on the local menus. For the moment, let’s wait on these small segment of the population and focus on the greasy food loving, processed meat-eating, good ole’ American dinner.

Even as a child, I remember going out to eat was a treat that was rarely given. It just wasn’t something that was done frequently because of the cost of feeding a family of six. Then somewhere in the mid-eighties, drive through restaurants started popping up at every corner of town. If you could think of a type of food, it probably had a five-minute, stay in the car menu serving high calories in a non-biodegradable container.  It became the norm in family outings for the lazy and ill-fated generation. Family dinners around a home cooked meal became a thing of the past as it was easier to dial-up delivery than to turn on the stove. This generation grew up and passed this unhealthy diet on to the next.

As bad as this all might seem, is this the cause of the growing weight issue in our country, probably not. Burgers don’t make you fat, eating those does. Just because these meals are served up in small, medium and “I can feed a family of four” extra large doesn’t mean that we have to consume them for every meal. However, to create legislation that prohibits the adding of cheap toys to a meal to entice children to become obese is like saying the scantily clad women at Hooters is causing alcoholism. Once again the question is posed as to who the parents are in this situation? I don’t know of many children under the age of twelve that has the money to sneak off to the local fast food burger barn to get their Happy Meal toy fix. We can only infer that it is the parents that are purchasing the food. And I am not sure if a ban on toys is going to stop that from happening. Once again it comes down to the just because you added some of your genes to the pool does not constitute being a parent. It is our jobs to police what our children eat, not the government.

In closing, let’s get back to the “organic” consumers out there. You are applauded for the being health conscious and selective in what goes in your body. You have your own section in the local grocery store, but do you really believe that mass-produced food that sits on a shelf for months on end is completely organic? If you are wanting to true organic food, then get your shovel and hoe out next spring and start your own garden.

Until next time…

© 2010

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2010 in Life, Politics

 

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Pac-Man Made Me Do It


The Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments on whether a ban on violent video games should be imposed that enacts fines to anyone who sells or rents violent video games to adolescents under the age of eighteen. Since when did a group of sixty-something have an idea on what a video game is?

I am not a gamer or one that partakes in the continuous playing of video games. I have to admit that I avoid them because I get addicted to the play and lose hours, or days, to the mindless screen. However, there obviously is a market for such things otherwise they would not be produced. That should say more about our society than it does about the designers of the games.

Since the advent of video games, we have had controversy on whether they are healthy for our younger generation.  The titles such as Grand Theft Auto, that caused commotion a little over five years ago, to the newer games, such as “Postal 2”, have brought dramatic debate as to what is safe for our children. The objectives of the games are to create as much mayhem as possible and even earning points for unprovoked abuse. Well, that seems like it is teaching the children a mixed lesson but who is to blame? Is it the creators of the games or the parents?

If we, the parents, feel that something is inappropriate for our children to play, then shouldn’t we be the censors? Why do we need the courts to impose legislation that would do the parenting for us? Is this meant to be helpful or to let the government become our de-facto guardians of our youths? Doesn’t this walk a fine line between freedoms of speech in the name of protecting our citizens from what they, the government, thinks is appropriate?

All this brings back the days of the PMRC, the Parents Music Resource Center, which formed to push the conservative agenda to censor music in the late 1980’s. This organization pushed for the government control of what musical content our children could listen to. As with the current issues, shouldn’t the parents be controlling the content?

The very people who want to regulate things that should be left to parents are a group of people who display greed, backstabbing agendas, and over expenditure of funds. How are they qualified to dictate what is right or wrong for each of us. How are they to decide, based on their own personal moral creed, what is good for us? This appears to be a slippery slope that once we start the slide down, our complacency will allow more sweeping laws to be in effect.

Are these games potentially vulgar renditions of violent acts that are inappropriate for adolescence? I can hope that we agree that they are. Could they be teaching our children that there is little consequences to their actions when it comes to violence? Yes, it is easy to shoot someone in a game without realizing the difference between a game and the real world.  However, isn’t that our job as parents to filter and explain what is appropriate? If we fail to do so, then we have only ourselves to blame. Pay attention to what your children do, what they play, and get your head out of the sand.  It is your responsibility to be a parent, not the government’s.

Until next time…

© 2010
 

 

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2010 in Children, Family, Politics

 

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Big Business in America: The Money Pit


 

Where does the money go?

 It seems that when gas prices go up twenty cents over night, we complain about how the government is out to get us. When your company downsizes, not due to the economy but, because they want to make their shareholders happier, we blame the President. However, the first time they enact legislation to help secure our borders or to assist in locating lost children, you scream that they are infringing on your rights. What do we really want from our government?

I read an article today from the Associated Press that the economy is hurting the Democratic Party. In it, Obama has stated concern and acknowledges that the crisis with the economy is going to hurt election turnout and Democratic candidate’s votes. Are they blaming the government for the current crisis?

A few years ago, the automotive industry was in serious crisis; not completely due to the lack of people purchasing their products only because of the increased bonuses of the executives and the drive to please the shareholders. Instead of changing the way they were doing business, they asked for assistance from the government. They based their request on the impact on the economy if they didn’t receive aid. The first thing they did was give their bonuses and cut jobs by sending them out of the country for a more economical way to make a profit. How did that help the US economy?

At the same time, large banks were being impacted by the failure of bad investments caused by financial smoke and mirrors. They too asked for assistance from the government and received it. What impact did this have on the economy? We saw more foreclosures on the people who paid the taxes that generated the money. What did they do to help the economy? They pandered to the executives that caused the issues and continued to play the risky games with investing money in foreign economy. How did this help the US economy?

Our government’s task is to help us with creating security, infrastructure and order. You might state that the economy is part of our security, but I will also point out that business should not be rewarded for the greed that caused the issues in the first place. If we spent the same amount of money on building our roads, power grids, and revising our programs to assist small businesses that we spent on bailing out the larger corporations, then we would have had a more direct impact in the economy than any of the bailouts. If more focus was given on assisting families to help maintain their homes from foreclosures, we would still have a booming housing market. If more attention was given to our schools and education programs, we would have a better chance for our future generation to be able to grow and keep up in the global economy.

Maybe you are correct; government is to blame for the economy’s slow recovery. If as much attention was placed on the people and less on special interest group and lobbyist, maybe we would have the tools to pull ourselves out of the slump. When was the last time that a congressman actually put together a bill that benefited the people of their district and fought to get it passed? If our representatives turned a blind eye to Wall Street and focused on the needs of the people, we might see results.

Here are just a few suggestions for those in Washington to take to heart when they are planning on spending another few billion dollars to bail out large corporations. Let’s start with upgrading our failing power grid by burying the cables, which will reduce the power outages in most storm ridden areas and also reduce the need to cut down so many trees for the obnoxious power poles. Once that is resolved, then maybe we could meet the current EPA guidelines for waste handling by installing sewer systems in areas outside of the major cities. In turn, we will help to reduce the need for ground water pollutants in our streams. Finally, we can improve the road system to reduce the congestion that we all experience, which will reduce the amount of fuel we burn.  

The first thing that will be said is the amount of money it would cost. Well, probably about the same amount as that was handed out to the financial institutions and corporations that didn’t improve any of the above issues. However, let’s look on the impact that these projects will have on the economy. To complete a project such as this, we will need to hire people reducing the unemployment. We would have to purchase the materials and equipment to complete this project, also reducing the unemployment as companies will have to keep up with the demand. The more people work, the more they will spend, which will affect the other industries.

So, the next time you are driving your foreign-made car down a pothole riddled street on the night of a blackout due to the storm, through the stench of sewage; just think about how the financial incentive program has helped our economy; as you are hopeful of finding a job so the foreclosure won’t cause you to move into a rundown apartment in a bad school district.

Until next time…

© 2010

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2010 in Politics

 

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Talking Heads Without A Voice


“Hanna Pitkin (1967) provides, perhaps, one of the most straightforward definitions: to represent is simply to “make present again.” On this definition, political representation is the activity of making citizens’ voices, opinions, and perspectives “present” in the public policy making processes.” taken from Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2006)

I awoke today to the morning news as I do most days. Between the weather, daily reports of shootings and silly human tricks that make up the morning news the commercials for political candidates fill my waking moments.  Over the years, I have started paying more attention to who represents my interest in the political arena. Most of the time, I get drawn to one candidate or another but in the world between sleep and wakefulness, I realized that nobody is representing my interest.

With all the pointing the fingers and sensationalism that is presented to sway the votes of people, who for the most part will vote their party anyway, there is no real message. It is a series of who voted this way or who stole this money. I have to admit that some of them are pretty humorous in their obvious distraction to their own agenda.  Overall the substance is as solid as steam.

There was a time, I am not sure if it was just folklore or reality, from our history books that portrayed politicians as the representatives of the common man. Farmers, shop owners and small business men dominated the political world. People with the ideas and conviction to convince their fellow citizens that they were going to represent their beliefs were the ones that served. In this day and age, this sees more of a myth than a history lesson.

Why is it that we spend our time complaining about the way government is ran, yet we don’t make a conscious effort to do anything about it? The choice is not simple. It involves educating ourselves on the choices we make when voting or to even vote at all. I have to admit, I am not the most avid pollster when it comes to election time. Recently, I have found out how my lack of involvement in local government is impacting my family, but that is a story for another time.  However, it brings me to the point I am trying to convey. We are people who have the freedom and rights to vote for those representing us. Many have died for this right and many are still dying for the rights that we have. Until, we as citizens, pay more attention to what is happening in the world around us instead of spending our time watching the television and complaining, will forever be cattle that is led to the slaughter by someone else that is benefiting from the meat.

Just try for a moment to look past the flashy television ads, lawn posters and political parties. Seek out the real issues and beliefs that matter to you and your family. Educate yourself on our government, the world and the policies that are being initiated. Learn about how each decision a business makes impacts your life. Dig for the answers to question. Even better, understand the questions and stop being cattle. If you choose to be ignorant in what is happening around you, then you choose to not complain about it. You are not a victim, you are a participant in what is happening.

Until next time…

© 2010

 
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Posted by on October 14, 2010 in General, Life, Politics

 

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