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There is an ancient quote by the Chinese philosopher Laozi: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”.
As we reflect back on the events of the past five years, it is easy to forget that change takes time and that the road we have taken to failure has been lined with many mis-steps taken over many years.
What is wrong in America?
It is no secret that times are tough and that the immediate outlook shows little promise of things getting better. Let us look at some of the facts.
Almost 50% of the American population pays no federal income tax. More the 70% of federal spending goes toward dependence or entitlement programs. Those that do not pay tax vote with their own interest in mind. These facts alone have created a growing resentment on the part of taxpaying citizens who are angry about those that do not pay and at those whose welfare payments are pulling money out of the economy.
Personal responsibility is something that “someone else does”. Illegal aliens can easily enter the country, work at American jobs, receive public assistance and receive free healthcare. The children of the illegals become automatic citizens and are eligible for education and social benefits that our own citizens are denied.
Corporate and wall-street big-wigs commit crimes and are rewarded with six figure bonuses while their employees work longer hours for reduced wages.
Our economy is in shambles, true unemployment is over 20% and the value of our dollar is shrinking both domestically and in the international arena.
Our freedoms and constitutional rights are being eroded with each new executive order and the future of our children is being cannibalized by apathy and helplessness. Drugs and alcohol desensitizes our sense of morality and abortion has now become the contraception tool of choice.
Public funds are being spent pursuing unsubstantiated environment issues while people go hungry and are homeless. Healthcare is available for the rich and the poor with the middle class being left out due to excessive insurance premiums and a medical system manipulated and controlled by big pharma.
Our society is a mess and the very leaders elected to restore the fabric of our economy and our community culture have failed. Call it greed, call it ego, call it the temptation to accede to the heights of power – no matter what you call it, the existing system appears to be broken beyond repair.
The Solution is Looking At You in the Mirror
To blame one candidate or one political party for the current woes of our country is folly. Both parties have brought us to where we are today. This did not happen in four years and it did not happen in eight. So get over it.
The solution, in my view, is for each of us, as individuals, to stand up for what we believe. Support the issues that are important and work hard to make your voice heard. Do this is a peaceful and conscientious manner with a level head strong convictions. Take that step and exhibit patience and perseverance to share your concern with your neighbors, your community and your elected officials.
This is no time for complacency and no time for acquiescence and acceptance. If you don’t do something, who will?
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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