What’s Wrong With America?

What’s Wrong With America?
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So what is wrong with America?  Of course S & P has just downgraded our credit rating for the first time in history from AAA to AA+,; our idiot legislators couldn’t agree on just how to raise the debt ceiling without shoving their feet further into their mouths; our debt reaches “to infinite and beyond” and we are currently engaged in two wars we can no longer afford.

Well that’s a good start but those are more direct results of the disease than the disease itself.  The disease affecting America is laziness.  Americans have been willing to allow our politicians, whether at the federal or local level, to do as they felt necessary to keep our country running.  Basically we gave the keys of the asylum to the inmates and now we are paying the price.

The Blame Game

So when we, the people, realized this we took action.  We were going to take America back.  But who were we going to take America back from?  We thought we knew…well we were told we knew…well we were told…..  And therein lies the problem.  We were still lazy. Instead of taking the time to actually find out for ourselves who we should be taking the country back from we listened to the Glen Becks, the Jon Stewarts, the Fox news and the CNNs of the world for our answers.   Republicans and Democrats began pointing fingers at each other and screaming “You are to Blame.”  New words suddenly exploded into our language database; Libitard, Tea Bagger, Palinite or Obamacon.  Millions upon millions of emails flooded the ether with so called factual information most of us accepted as gospel without ever giving them a second thought.  Logic and clear thinking flew out the window to be replaced by anger, hatred and mistrust.  Americans were at the throats of Americans for the second time in our history and this second Civil War would be as costly to the country as the first.

At present both sides are in denial.  Neither feels they have done anything wrong.  But that’s the partisan politics talking when in fact both sides have done terrible wrongs.  For us to correct the decades of mistakes we need to move forward as “one nation indivisible.”  This threat to our Union is as grave as any America has had to face.  This threat will take all the efforts we have as “Americans” to correct.

One of my favorite quotes was written by a gifted screenwriter, Aaron Sorkin for his movie “The American President.”

America isn’t easy. America is advanced citizenship. You gotta want it bad, ’cause it’s gonna put up a fight. It’s gonna say “You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who’s standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours. You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country can’t just be a flag; the symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms. Then, you can stand up and sing about the “land of the free”.

We appear to have forgotten that we are “all” Americans and that “all” of us, Republicans and Democrats, want the same thing, “What is best for America.”  At present we just seem to disagree on which route we need to take to get there.  Maybe it’s time we gave the AAA a call.

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5 Responses to "What’s Wrong With America?"

  1. I am not sure I agree that people in this country are lazy, at least not by comparison to other countries. I believe that at least part of the problem is that it has become so difficult, complicated and time-consuming to live in the modern world, especially in the US, that people just don’t have enough time to obtain their own facts, do their own research, and get involved in grass roots issues. Because of this reality, the most motivated folks tend to get involved, and they tend to be those from the extremes of the political spectrum. Addtionally, we definitely seem to have a new phenomenom, that is, an organized group of people who share conservative beliefs and who also don’t believe in negotiation or compromise. Since negotiation and compromise have always been essential to any form of organization, other than a dictatorship, that places an additional burden on making progress in our system.

    I definitely agree with your premise that we are “all” Americans. The problem is, not everyone seems to agree with you and me!

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  2. I am not sure I can buy all of this at face value.
    It would not bother me to not allow the burning of our flag. It is the symbol of our nation. Try doing that in Iran or North Korea or China! You may be shot! Speech is one thing. Acts against the Republic is another. Sure politics has been raw. But the left has aligned itself with communists, marxists, and socialists, and worse, all of which we have determined threaten our freedom and democracies worldwide. If we have to “Kiss the Ass” of every special interest, even if it is like KKK or Nazis, we allow groups that threaten lives and liberty to thrive. I think I have to Pull out A Big Stick on those types of groups. Or illegals groups asking for rights to vote, drive, or bum money to exist. At some point we have to stand on one side or the other. The fence does not work when they threaten our very lives. And I have not even brought up the part about Muslim religion and their different laws. If it is their way, or death to us, we have to act!
    Just thinking out loud!

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  3. “And therein lies the problem. We were still lazy. Instead of taking the time to actually find out for ourselves who we should be taking the country back from we listened to the Glen Becks, the Jon Stewarts, the Fox news and the CNNs of the world for our answers. Republicans and Democrats began pointing fingers at each other and screaming “You are to Blame.” New words suddenly exploded into our language database; Libitard, Tea Bagger, Palinite or Obamacon.” It is obvious that few if any of us have analyzed, researched and have really, really thought that much about the Tea Party, Conservatism, Palin, Bachmann, Glenn Beck type of message. We are victims of our own ideologies. You may be the exception. I dare say one might find wisdom, however finite, even in Obamamism, which with a major pivot, might head us back in the right direction. But that discussion is for another time and cooler heads.

    There is little sentiment against the premise of this piece. But the fundamentals that make this noble nation so great are clouded, obscured and almost ignored.

    Is it possible we are talking about the wrong concept, that being “compromise”, one would assume a criticism of the Tea Party, God forbid we take a hard look at the half a century, certainly since Woodrow Wilson, where a formidable foe, radical progressivism, has eaten our lunch.

    America’s fundamentals are under attack. A ‘Fundamental” concept may be defined as “A central or primary rule or principle on which something is based”. Hardly seems like something to compromise about.

    Could we agree that regardless of the argument about why this disintegration of fundamentals is taking hold, and how many there are, three important fundamentals are under attack, “fiscal prudence”, spending more than we earn as a nation.” Second, is the “deconstruction our Constitution.” And third, the progress of “secularism, a doctrine that rejects religion and religious considerations and is rapidly replacing our Judeo-Christian foundation.”

    “Compromise” is a mechanism by which “An agreement or a settlement of a dispute is reached by each side making concessions.” If we concede fundamentals, which we have been doing, we lose, and lose big.

    This is a message that comes through, often, consistently, loud and clear from Limbaugh, Palin, Bachmann and Beck et al, but we would rather shoot the messenger. I can even find things from Jon Stewart that I can agree with but don’t ask me now what they are.

    It is a little overwhelming not to get caught up in the insightful perceptions of the great philosophers of history. It is even embarrassing to have to repeat, ad infinitum, such relevant wisdom, like maybe the “Ten Commandments”, which one will cry out “How do they figure in here?”

    Compromise is not, I repeat, are not the operative word here. “All compromise is based on give and take, but there can be no give and take on fundamentals. Any compromise on mere fundamentals is a surrender. For it is all give and no take.” Mohandas Gandhi. This should be one of the Ten Commandments, and probably is, if we could find a talented interpreter.

    The operative words are “Any compromise on mere fundamentals is a surrender.” Now if we want to start a dialogue on our retreat from fundamentals, fine. But it would have been fundamentally correct, to acknowledge that we, America, are surrendering the fundamentals of “fiscal prudence”, “Our Constitution” and allowing “secularism, to replace our Judeo-Christian foundation.”

    Michele Bachmann opines “out-of-control spending and a soaring federal debt’ are anathema. Instead of reversing this pattern of fiscal irresponsibility, she says, the recent budget deal perpetuates it. “My position has been: You don’t raise the debt ceiling, period,”

    A Bachmann position, not to have raised the debt ceiling, imagine that, an then prepare for the ad Hominem attacks, at least deficit spending doesn’t happen, infinitum, forever, at my house, but please, seek out any wisdom about that from Dave Ramsey “A Little Ditty About Jack and Diane” http://www.hollywoodrepublican.net/2011/08/a-little-ditty-about-jack-and-diane/ .

    Please embrace wisdom, wherever it can be found and from who ever the messenger happens to be. If we don’t listen to all sides of the issue…… then the “Deaf, dumb and blind” monkeys don’t adequate frame our dilemma.

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    1. Its obvious Anonymous you and I do not see eye to eye on this issue. Compromise is what this country was founded on. As was made painfully obvious by the recent debt ceiling fiasco, compromise is how this government works. Those that want to dig in their heels no matter how damaging their actions are to the American people have no business holding a position of power in this country. How dare any organization or legislator put “their” ideals ahead of those of the country. In this country “all” the voices count, yours, mine, everyones all have the same weight but when the day ends we need to all speak in the same voice, not the voice of the Republican Party, not the voice of the Democratic party and certainly not the voice of the Tea Party but the voice of the UNITED States of America. If not then this country has a much more serious problem then our national debt.

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