From as far back as I can remember I have overheard people complain about our elected officials.
When I was little it was my parents and grandparents.
As I grew older it was teachers, then my friends and eventually my co-workers.
Now, as an adult, I hear people all around me complaining about our government and our elected officials.
I have lived through
John F. Kennedy – Democrat
Lynden Baines Johnson – Democrat
Richard M. Nixon – Republican
Gerald R. Ford - Republican
Jimmy Carter – Democrat
Ronald Reagan – Republican
George H. W. Bush – Republican
Bill Clinton – Democrat
George W. Bush – Republican
Barack H. Obama – Democrat
Obviously both major parties have been represented yet, for the most part, the complaints remained the same. They did seem to subside a bit during the Reagan years but they were still there.
So, clearly we can’t attribute 45+ years of complaints to 1 person or even 1 group of people. So why do we keep electing the same types of people?
Prior to 1895 Americans knew the Constitution. Americans knew who our founders were and what they intended and stood for. Americans Revered the Constitution and the Founders. Prior to 1895 Americans were, as a general rule, highly aware of the political process in this country and tended to elect more honorable and responsible politicians.
From the Progressive era which began in 1895 through the entire 20th Century and up to today we Americans have allowed ourselves to be distracted more and more by the accumulation of things and focused less and less on what was happening in the world around us. We stopped paying attention to what our children were being taught and started trusting in those whom we were told knew better.
Prior to 1920 Americans rarely saw their politicians in any way other than pictures in News Papers and rarely heard what they had to say other than reading their words in newspapers.
With the advent of Radio Americans began to hear what our candidates had to say but still did not see them until the advent of movies and movie theaters where every movie was preceded by a brief synopsis of current news.
Then, with the advent of television, for the first time, Americans were able to see and hear candidates live and base their choices on what they saw and heard.
However, as we all know, television is an entertainment medium and candidates began “Playing” to their targeted audiences. Americans actually became numb to all the political rhetoric and subconsciously began basing our choices on who said what we wanted to hear and who looked better to us.
As long as we ourselves were prospering we became content to leave other issues and tasks to the people who “Should” know better.
Our Teachers must know what our children need to know to succeed.
Our Doctors must know what is best for our health.
Our Bankers must know how to protect our money.
Our Politicians must know how to run our country.
Americans have forgotten why this country was founded, what it was founded on and who founded it.
Yes, most Americans today know of the Constitution but how many actually know what it says?
Yes, most Americans today could probably name 1 or 2 founding fathers but how many could even name 5?
Most Americans probably could not tell you what the Monroe Doctrin was or even what President contracted the building of the Panama Canal.
If our founders saw the shape this country is in today they would be seriously disappointed and many would be furious at how we have desecrated their most precious of beliefs.
Read the Constitution!
Read the Federalist Papers!
Read the 5000 Year Leap!
Evaluate candidates by their beliefs and deeds not by their appearance or what they say on TV.
Use the words, values and beliefs of our founders as a yard stick when measuring our candidates.
Maybe then we might get Government that we can once again be proud of!
A Government that places the future of this country and it’s people ahead of
Themselves and their careers!
Thomas Jefferson said it best when he said;
Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion.
Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one,
he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.
IMO I think we complain because we assume that public servants should have honesty, integrity and more than a dash of patriotism. I've searched and searched and I find these qualities to be very scarce nowadays especially in our elected officials. The truth is, is that we expect spiritual maturity and the sad truth is, is that they are spiritual infants. The world is run by spiritual children. Some of this is not their fault, they are products of their environment. An environment that stunts any real spirtual growth. The media is a big part of this travesty. If we, modern man, were spiritually mature we wouldn't have to kill anyone.
T; I wholeheartedly agree with you. Americans, for the most part, are morally and spiritually bankrupt.
Not because we are stupid or dumb but because we have allowed ourselves to be distracted from the things that really matter.
There have been a few leaders who understood but 1 good ball player on a team of lousy players is not going to improve the team much. Especially when after that good player leaves the team his replacement is the worst player on the team.
Ronald Reagan and Dwight Eisenhower Understood.
The Tea Party is a great start though. It shows me that not all Americans are bankrupt. It shows me that there is an increasing number of Americans who are getting it and throwing off that cloak of ignorance.
In todays crop of possible candidates there is only 1 individual who stands out as not only a person who understands but also a person with the strength of character to do what is right without consideration of what would be popular or politically expedient. A person who would be deeply honored to do the job and then be equally honored to return to private life when the job was done!
For my money that is Sarah Palin. All the other possible candidates have far too much invested in political careers and far to vested an interest in Remaining in politics.
I too find solace being involved in, and in a small way, contributing to the greatest movement in the country. The Tea Party!! We know that we won't have to battle alone and if necessary some of us will sacrifice all for liberty.
I really, really, like Sarah Palin and was moved by her speech last night celebrating the Gipper's birthday. She hit the nail squarely on the head and in fact "drove it home". If when the time comes the Tea Party moves in her direction I will gladly cast my vote for her with faith in her honor. However, we must stick together and not waste our votes. I believe when the time comes for 2012 we will know by osmosis who were all voting for and we must move with like minds. I just hope we can find the right candidate and I agree after last night Sarah has to be one of the top three!!
With the Tea Party in spirit.
In her speach last night Sarah Palin clearly demonstrated that while she has not actually come out and started declaring her platform she has in fact been doing her homework and clearly understands the issues and has a plan to start solving them. If that was not a campaign speach last night I don't know what would be.
The problem as I see it is that we must guard against our tendency towards instant gratification. As Americans we have grown accostomed to having what we want immedietly. Hell, I heard republicans complaining that the new crop of congressman and senators were just as bad as the old crop back in December. I actually got into an arguement with 1 person who refused to believe that the new crop would not take their oaths and be seated until January 5th. This person actually believed that the day after the election the winners took office.
Rome was not built in a day, neither was the earth. The problems we are facing took an entire century to create and there is no way, no matter how well meaning, a 4 year president can solve them. The best we can do is elect someone who will get us started down the path towards resolving them. Someone who understands what will be needed and someone who will be 1,000% faithful to the American people!
Who would you consider to be the other top 2?