Dream Again, America

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Please read, and give a thought to the system you live in.

Submitted: July 21, 2014

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“That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

—United States Declaration of Independence

Dear Reader,

It’s time, ladies and gentlemen. The current system that has operated rather smoothly for over two centuries is undoubtedly failing us. In George Washington’s farewell address to the people of the United States, he warned that partisanship would serve as a distraction to the government and inhibit its ability to carry out its duties. The Democratic and Republican Parties, long-serving bastions of their political agendas, have let those agendas drive our once-proud nation into decline. Let’s turn the clocks back about sixty years. America was a beacon of hope for the free world, a nation of immigrants cranking out new scientific and economic innovations by the day.  The dream of the Founding Fathers, a meritocracy inhibited by an overarching government, was becoming truer everyday. Now, let’s take ourselves back to the current year, 2014. The federal government has expanded too far, and the two major parties have essentially crushed all non-mainstream opinions. Men like John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the great minds of our Revolution, wouldn’t last a day in today’s political environment. The freedom to think and dream openly is gone, replaced by an unquenchable desire to adhere to the standards and norms of the two major parties. I believe that we come to the crux of the problem in this very example. What made the America of 1954 so much greater than the America of 2014 was its capacity for dreaming. No matter what political party you belonged to, or how dire your socioeconomic situation seemed, you dreamed. You dreamed of a better world for your children. As John Adams once said, “I must study politics and war, that our sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.”  My ancestors gave their blood to win this country’s independence, and I fear we are squandering the opportunity and dishonoring their name. The behemoth that is our federal government is smothering our liberty to live the way we want, love the people we love, and use our money as we see fit. I suppose by now you may have a vague idea of where this letter is heading. I think it is time for a change. When people call for the impeachment of President Obama, as much as I dislike the man’s policies, I shake my head. When people hail President Obama as a savior, as much as I admire his pioneering spirit, I shake my head. One man cannot make an impact in our partisan government, full of unnecessary and inhibitory vetoes and checks and balances. No matter your opinion of the man, it is beyond question that President Obama’s ability to reform has been severely hindered and unashamedly blocked by the current government. When our representative government was formed in the late 18th century, the disparity in knowledge and erudition between the socioeconomic classes was gargantuan. With the dawn of public education and digital access to information, that gap has severely closed. Anyone with a computer can become as well-informed as they wish to be in 2014. Our system is elitist and designed for a bygone time. It’s time to bring the power back to the people, and give them a direct say in making the decisions that affect their lives everyday.  We need more direct democracy and direct voting, in localized circles. Men and women in Washington DC who happen to have a house in your state should not be the ones making your decisions for you, even if you voted for them because their name sounded familiar. You deserve a right to protect and enhance your own liberties, just as our Founding Fathers did. They saw an obstacle and took matters into their own hands. It’s time for us to end partisanship and bring the single mother with three kids back into the political discussion. It’s time for the plumber struggling to pay his mortgage to have a say in his liberties. It’s time for the young boy figuring out his political views to be able to choose more than just two parties. It’s time to achieve the liberty that our forefathers died for. I don’t pretend to be a political scientist, and I don't know what the government would look like after this change; I leave that to far smarter men and women than I. However, even if my brain is not full of ideas, my heart is full of love for every field and every lake of this country. Join me. Help me. Who knows what we can achieve together? Forget fear, forget trepidation, and imagine a better future. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to dream again.

 

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness…."


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