When are the American people going to realize that this is not “government of the people, by the people, for the people” anymore. This is not the country it was created to be. We continue to elect political “royal” families and re-elect the same person into office term after term, giving a select few unfettered power. WE have let this happen. WE have to stop it. It’s not enough to be angry and rant to friends or on social media. It requires action. It requires more people getting involved in government at all levels. It requires voting. It requires being inconvenienced. It requires vigilance and awareness.
If things continue as they are and escalate, we will only have ourselves to blame when we no longer enjoy personal freedoms or have the ability to influence the direction of our nation. It’s happening now.
They’ve been playing the long game and they’re winning. Corporations have more political power than more than 300 million Americans. We continue to elect people who do not represent all people but who promote and protect the views and agendas of those who wish to control behaviors, people or economic conditions as well as their own political careers. We have forgotten that we are not electing people to represent political parties but the people of their jurisdictions. We fail to hold them accountable to that core mission, and they act as if they are untouchable.
Congress’ current operating model is a farce and works against the majority of the American people–recent budget bills clearly show this to be the case. It’s been my observation that people who support this administration and its actions are not “bad people,” but they support efforts to inhibit or prohibit others they disagree with from advancing their causes and enjoying the same freedoms and rights all Americans should have.
I’ve always thought that these freedoms and rights were what made America great and that living and working in diverse communities enriched our personal experiences. When people choose to act in a way that promotes their own self-interests above the betterment of the many, it causes a negative ripple within that community. We’re seeing that now. We may have access to nearly all known information via the internet and live lives of relative prosperity when considering the global economic scale, but so many of us seem to act more like we’re in survival mode. For example, recent news reports have told of this Congress’ desire to take money away from children’s healthcare programs and senior programs like Meals on Wheels and even Medicare and Social Security. They are planning to take away critical resources away from our most vulnerable citizens who can least afford to absorb any financial hit.
I have to wonder why people would let this happen. The only answer I can come up with is that they are in survival mode. They probably feel like something is going to others and not them; that the support is not equal and they themselves feel like they are struggling–even if they don’t wholly realize that’s what’s going on inside them.
The incivility shown in our behavior to one another on the road, in parking lots, on the job, in social media and so on is symptomatic of either “me first” mentality or outrage that others behave as they do.
Our community, our society is becoming increasingly “us” versus “them.” This divisiveness is creating the fertile ground where those in power are able to make huge leaps in advancing their agendas, further disenfranchising and stripping political and economic power from the many.
It feels like standing on the beach with each wave pulling the grains of sand out from underneath your feet; it’s unsettling but you don’t necessarily feel threatened. The trouble is the waves will keep coming and if you don’t change your position, you will sink deeper and deeper. It’s time to change our position. It’s time to rise up against the waves of inequality, power-mongering and disenfranchisement.
“Someone else” isn’t doing it. It’s up to each of us. It’s not about being a radical or an anarchist or even a rabble-rouser. We’re at the tipping point of changes that seem to be on a hard-to-reverse, downward trajectory. The time to speak up is now.