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.
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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