Is it a phrase that just sounds good, or is it how we live our lives? For many it’s a life code, deeply rooted in who they are and what their lives are all about. For others it’s a pickup line creating an opportunity to take advantage of those who possess nothing more than hope and faith that they can trust what is being promised.
According to recent Rasmussen Surveys, most Americans feel connected to a local church or religious organization. Generally, people feel that they are connected and play a positive role in some organization with 67 percent rating volunteer work more important than politics. Fifty-seven percent would rather be called a good citizen than a patriot, while 86 percent believe individuals make their own success. Americans, a full 88 percent of us, see honesty and good parenting at the top of the list when it comes to successful lives.
With statistics like these, one can understand the frustration so many feel today as we watch our elected officials on all fronts continue to let down the people they’ve promised to serve. In those surveys, government and politics are near the bottom of the list. We want to believe when we cast our votes that candidates have our best interest first and foremost, but time and time again, we get left paying the price while they reap the benefits.
The sequester that we’ve been told would not happen, the effects of which would be so repugnant that it would force our warring political parties to capitulate and seek a compromise, has now taken place. The president hasn’t led; instead, he has spent more money continuing to campaign against the opposition and predicting doom, gloom and suffering in days ahead. The Republican-led Congress, once in favor of cutting tax loopholes with the effect of raising taxes, has dug in their heels telling us that the sequester spending cuts aren’t really cuts to current spending. And the Senate seems to be missing in action these days.
No one is leading. And leading is what they all promised to do when they came looking for our votes. Follow me. Trust me. The simple truth is, their lack of honesty and integrity has produced a mess that they’re all running away from, failing to accept responsibility for their lack of appropriate action.
Once again we are peppered with empty promises. I wonder how long we can afford to let these self-centered, egotistical politicians make decisions that will affect the future of our country. Always more concerned with their job security and their legacy, it’s nothing more than a tennis match for them and we, unfortunately, are the ball.
They’ve accepted a job and once again they failed to get the job done. Governing is not about them. It’s always been about the people … a people who believe in freedom, opportunity, honesty, hard work and a commitment to future generations. We are paying a tremendous price for a bipartisan government that continues to fail to meet its responsibility. At some point, we must end this calamity.
We are now forced to wait another two years before we’ll get a chance to attempt to send them a message. I don’t think we have another two years to wait for them to drive the nation further into the hole.
Our forefathers, the framers of the American Constitution, recognized the threat of governmental tyranny — the use of arbitrary power by those in government over her people — but they were also concerned with the danger associated with a populace uprising. “Separation of powers” and “checks and balances” were designed to protect the country from the European kind of rule.
As a nation we must put aside our political differences and demand accountability from the people who have sworn to serve. It’s time for the American people to make their will known and insist that the government do their job to serve and protect us, not themselves.
Dan Alexander is associate publisher of New Market Press and publisher and CEO of Denton Publications. He may be reached at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.