This country is in such disarray. I have never seen such division amongst its people (in my 42 years). It is not just Republicans and Democrats. Now, it is the rich, the poor, the middle class. It is the 99%, the 1%, and the 53%. It is the have’s and have-nots. It is the entitled, and non-entitled.
Growing up I always believed that this country was a place of freedom and where dreams could come true. Where a man could be anything he wanted to be. I have always heard that each generation should live better than the next. I worry that the damage thus far is too permanent to our culture, to our society, and to our government to ever return to the glory days of the Great United States of America. I am referring to the United States that fought in World War II and helped save so many countries from evil. What would Europe look like today if the United States had not gotten involved?
On September 12th, 2001 the people of America came together as one with a determination to overcome all obstacles that may lie ahead. “United We Stand” used to be the logo for the pride that most all American’s carried with them on a daily basis. Cars drove around with the Flag of the United States of America proudly displayed everywhere they went. People were just nicer to each other like they were part of the same team – because they were.
“United We Stand”…..how far we have fallen.
Today’s society seems ruled by negativity. Reality TV often preys on the misfortune of others as well as much of the mainstream media. Rather than the celebration of the wonderful things that life has to offer and experience – people celebrate the pitfalls in others peoples lives. A recent example had Hillary Clinton on video laughing – yes laughing it up celebrating the death of Muammar Gaddafi. Listening to her laughing like Obama just told a Monica and Bill joke was flat out embarrassing. Over the past decade people have become so cynical and distrusting of not only the government – but of each other as well. I have to admit that pertaining to the government – there are some very good reasons.
Negativity flourishes as life becomes more and more complicated. Inflation continues to take the hard earned money that people do have. Across the country as school systems struggle with limited budgets they are CHARGING “back to school” fees to raise funds – called Academic Fee’s. School programs such as Band and some Sports are being reduced, charged for, or eliminated all together. What is going to happen to the youth of tomorrow?
As I sit hear and read what I have written thus far – I realize for the most part I am just venting. What I am experiencing here in South Carolina might be quite different than someone who lives in the mid-West or Northern Colorado. What I see is Patriotism diminishing by the day and the spectrum of right and wrong is getting wider as well – with an equal number of people on each end of it. It never ceases to amaze me how people can look at at the same subject and flat out see it so differently. So different in fact – that no compromise can be reached – no common ground can be found.
I do not hide from my belief that much in our government is broken. I believe that there are those over the last 20 years or so that have been elected to office that have played a large part in this countries demise. Worst part is they did it right in front of us and most had no idea. My hope is that someone can come forward and truly lead this country in a direction which will reverse the decay that is eating away at our Freedoms, our Morale Being, and the America that we used to be.