To the Valley News:
I keep hearing that the Democrats or Republicans are to blame for our country's troubles. I believe if we look in the mirror we will see who helped cause our problems. Greed and corruption has infected our personal lives, the business, and financial sector. Look at the negative behaviors we ignore, shows we watch, the way an unborn child is sometimes treated, and the reckless manner we tend to handle our personal finances. As Samuel Adams wrote, “Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws can preserve the liberty and happiness of a people who are morally corrupt.” Is it any wonder our country and freedom is eroding away?
Why do we complain about politicians then elect the same type of people who simply tell us what we want to hear and not do what they promised? We fail to hold our representatives accountable for their actions, uncontrolled spending, and wasteful budgets, if they even bother to pass one. We have allowed them to become elitists and rulers, rather than representatives and leaders. They are completely out of touch with us. Because of the lack of term limits, they often serve themselves, getting rich as career politicians instead of serving those who elected them. We often vote for a party, and not for an individual's abilities, values, and integrity.
If you think our president, congress, or judicial system will fix our country's problems, you are in for a huge disappointment. We are the only people who can restore our ethics and turn this country around, but it has to start with fixing ourselves first. It is our responsibility to be informed and to make wise decisions based on facts, and then take the time to be involved. It is up to us to do the right thing.