Some Reflection on Our Movement: We Need To Keep Discussions Focused On IdeasSubmitted by principle_first on Fri, 02/22/2013 - 23:48
...and refrain from using words identified with groups of people. I've been having some luck sparking interesting and thoughtful discussions on facebook with friends I never thought would have something to say. You might be surprised by who comes out of the wood works. They just might get you thinking too...enlightenment. Here's my latest attempt at starting a conversation:
This is the United States of America, the land of the free and home of the brave. Where men can dream; and they can turn them into realities, if they pursue them. This is the true definition of manifest destiny and it resides within the hearts of every individual. That is the concept at least. But people have stopped dreaming and they've stopped trying; because they see a world that's in despair, they see a world that's falling about, and they've grown to depend on governments to fix them. That is a problem.
Some say that governments are necessary for a civil society; one that is peaceful and orderly. But what if our government was only meant to be a system of communication? One in which its purpose was to record and maintain the will of its people; and that the responsibility of our system was to make sure every right and every law was declared throughout the land. Declared: it means to make known. That is the only purpose of our government. But this world is in despair because our government now regulates and controls the people and the people feel powerless to make a difference. Our system no longer gives people hope. Our system was designed to give everyone a voice – a republic. Elections allow everyone to participate, yet those with the smallest of dreams face obstacles far more treacherous than those with the biggest. That is a problem.
The state of our union is dismal. We’ve allowed fear to control our actions and we’ve distorted the role of government. Government was never meant to be the deciders, regulators, and enforcers of good and evil. History shows that any system of rule who has dared go down that path has proven to fail. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights ensure that goodness will prevail because they guarantee the individual the right to pursue justice and pursue happiness.
If it was understood that government was just a system of communication, it would be considered an outdated system. Like a computer with Windows 95 or a car with a cassette player, our government has a 236 year old user interface in the form of elections. Modern technology has allowed individuals to connect with anyone instantly by using social media and the internet, yet when it comes to deciding the policy and the future of this country Americans still have to wait every 4 years to directly participate. You can always replace a cassette player in an old car and you can install a new version of windows on your computer; and you should have the same ability to bring about change as the law makers on Capitol Hill because we all have an equal stake. We all own an equal piece of government. Elections are no longer relevant in a society that’s always connected. Restoring freedom and an honest open conversation is the answer.