AMERICAN PROCESS

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By: Wayne Brown

On my drive to the office this morning, I heard that President Obama would be speaking to a group of college students today in an attempt to stimulate them to get the youth vote out for the November elections.  The newscaster pointed out that more than 50% of today’s college students who voted from Obama in the 2008 election have already begun to have remorse regarding their voter choice.  Thinking of our young college students motivation to vote for this president, I could not help but dwell on aspects of our society that apparently have been poorly conveyed to these young minds over the years.

 

Recently, television journalist, John Stossel, went to Times Square in New York City with photos of the top political elected leadership on both sides of the aisle. He showed these photos to young folks he encountered in the area. In most instances, they could not identify the politicians in the photos but most of the could identify the guy “Mike The Situation” from the reality television show.  These are the same people that President Obama is labeling as “irresponsible” because they are not reliable in going to the polls and supporting the Democratic Party.  Well, he got the label right but he got the reasoning wrong.  These are people who would certainly be better off to stay away from the polls. Sadly, these individuals likely have some strong political opinions if asked yet a very poor knowledge of current events in their own country. This is the danger we face in America and the shame that we face that a political party is so willing to encourage participation by such an apathetic group of voters.

 

The United States of America is an on-going process.  Yes, it a physical geographic location. Yes, it has a government and a population.  Yes, it has laws and an economy as well as a military.  And it has many, many other things in its makeup.  That said, all those things are part of the ‘process’ that is America.  Like any process, America has some basic and guiding principles which must be regarded if the process is to stay on track and continue in the direction that was intended at the outset.

 

Let’s stop here and clear something up.  This is not a piece about conservative virtues or a rant against liberal thinking.  The point here is to say that in America it is one’s freedom to choose to be a Democrat, a Republican, or a Libertarian for that matter.  At the heart of each of these political parties, there was always a shared vision from day one of their inception.  All of these parties originally subscribed to the premise of protecting the process in America by upholding our democratic principles; by protecting the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and by working to preserve the rule of law within the boundaries of this country.  That statement is no longer totally true as it is my perception that the Democrats have lost control of their party and the focus of the party no longer supports these principles.

 

We live in a time when the educational system is much attuned to teaching process and the methodology for carrying out process.  In fact the system is so much tuned in that manner today that we often see young graduates more than willing to institute a process without really understanding the direction or potential outcome.  Somehow they seem to have embraced an understanding that implementation of a process will yield the desired result.  They seem to give little thought to the fact that it also can yield the ‘undesired result’ as well if the basic principles and procedures of the process are ignored or modified.  Herein is the broader problem.

 

Let’s get back to the concept of America being a ‘process’.  If we accept that premise then we must immediately question what the basic and guiding principles for that process might be.  Without question, the answer is The Constitution, the Bill Of Rights, and the Rule of Law.  Those principles are the center line of the American democratic process upon which our republic was founded and has continued to successfully exist for more than two centuries.  When we embrace political views or send elected officials to represent us in government, we expect those views and the actions of those elected officials will ultimately support the basic principles of our American Process.  When they do not, we are no longer ‘on process’ for we have departed from the disciplines which guide it and keep it centered.

 

We must also understand that ‘government’ as it exists is a necessary entity to our process.  Government per se does not bring any significant pluses or positives to the process.  Government exists to preserve order, sustain and direct a military, and provide a framework of laws and a system of justice.  Beyond that scope, ‘government’ becomes a negative to the process.  Expanding the size of government does nothing to improve the American Process, it only increases the overhead expenses associated with having a government.  This becomes an expense that ultimately the taxpayer must shoulder thus the goal should be to continually look for ways to reduce the size of government while sustaining those core functions for which government is responsible.

 

With regard to the ‘American Process’, we must understand that anything that steps beyond the scope of those principles defined by the basic guiding elements of our process are alien to it.  If individuals or groups gain control through the elective process yet persist in ignoring the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Rule of Law, then we are basically turning our backs on our own process and venturing into new uncharted waters that are not necessarily democratic in nature or principle.  At the same time, this approach opens the door to those groups or individuals to ‘make things up as we go along’.  When that happens, everyone becomes blind to the direction and the destination.  In the process, we may also be giving up liberties and freedoms which we were guaranteed when we operated within the process.  We are basically working without a net and there is nothing to be gained by the result.  There is no proof or established principle or example which establishes that we can continue to exist as a free nation when we operate from utopian ‘shoot from the hip’ functionality.  In doing so, we risk the very bedrock of our foundation as a society.

 

There are those who call themselves ‘Democrats’ and are currently serving in elected positions of our government yet the belief structure they work from extends far beyond the limits of those which define the Democratic Party.  These are individuals hiding under the guise of being a ‘Democrat’ but in practice are actually employing the principles of Marxism, Socialism, or possibly even Communism.  All three philosophies of society violate the basic premise of the American Process therefore they are unacceptable to our society.  We cannot employ these practices and expect to continue in our accustomed levels of liberty and freedom.

 

Certainly we can disagree in our approach to the process.  Given the fact that all parties have the same vision to remain as nation of people, to quote the Declaration of Independence, ‘endowed by the Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.’  Once we depart from this guidepost in our approach to the process, we are no longer in pursuit of the same process our Founding Fathers envisioned for this nation as a free republic.  Once we engage in economics which oppress capitalistic involvement and investment; once we begin to attempt the process of redistributing wealth or assets, we have departed the American Process and the principles which guide it, sustain it, and make it great.

 

There is nothing within the American Process which guarantees an outcome to anyone operating within it.  What the process does provide for is the ‘opportunity’ and the ‘equality’ to attempt the pursuit.  Some will be more successful than others; some will give up far too easily or fall short of their desires.  A free enterprise marketplace, the opportunity to invest both self and capital, the license to take risks, and the right to reap the benefits of those investments and risks is the reality of the American Process.  Government has both a role and a responsibility to nurture the environment under which this process takes place.  This is not to say the government controls the process, it simply monitors and guards the environmental conditions under which the process takes place.  Once the focus becomes the government, we have lost sight of the process and the principles of it.

 

It is the duty of every citizen residing in America to be informed on the process and to guard the process from those who would do it harm.  It is the duty of the citizen by virtue of the power of the ballot box to guard against those individuals or groups who would rise up in America and attempt to either modify or doom the process to failure.  It is the duty of every citizen to recognize the characteristics and principles of Marxist, Socialist, Communists, or any others who would desire to subvert the American Process into a system of utopian equality which derives it philosophy through redistribution of assets.  If we as citizens cannot recognize these threats, we certainly cannot guard against them and may easily be attracted to them at some future date.

 

In any functional entity, there is a system of procedures and techniques which can be used in employing the basic principles.  It is here that we derive our differences even though, as a people, we seek the same end.  Techniques are just that…they vary with the individual and they vary in their implementation.  On the other hand, procedure is procedure, there is no variation. Within a given process, procedure must always be adhered to right down the line.  It is here that we too often find ourselves in disagreement because there are those in our society who see no danger in deviating from established procedure; changing and modifying it at will without thought to the impact.  It is here that we cannot go and we must not go.  This is the sacred ground of the American Process.  We must teach it; we must know it, and we must sustain it if we are to offer our follow on generations the freedoms we have enjoyed as Americans.

 

 

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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Bravo, Wayne - you have written an intelligent, meaningful hub but sadly the voters who most need to see it will never read it. And if they do, many will never understand its message.


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@drbj...Unfortunately, I tend to agree with you on your conclusion. I think it is the rest of us who need to understand it so that we can look for ways to offset the effect to some degree. We cannot continue to let an apathetic public elect our officials and expect to survive for too many more years. WB


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rkhyclak 6 years ago from Ohio

Great hub, Wayne, but I'm afraid drbj is probably right!Even if they could understand it, they wouldn't care. Sometimes I feel like I'm next to the only person in their 20's who gives a rats butt about what's going on. Ignorance and apathy run rampant in our country!


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@rkhyclak...eventually everyone comes around to some extent after they finally figure out the correlations. By then, we have suffered from their ignorance. Politicians are all for lowering voting ages but sit back and let the likes of George Soros and his think tanks reccomend that we drop studies in American History, The Constitution, and Economics from the school curriculms. Believe me, there is a liberal socialist agenda here at work to not only dilute the vote with immigration but to also keep the population dumbed down as much as possible. Ignorance can be led just about anywhere. Thanks for the good comments. WB


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Wayne,

Great Hub and expouding on the Preamble of The Constitution and the laws enacted under that great document of freedom!!!!!!!!!!!


ralwus 6 years ago

Maybe the world will be better off without us? We certainly have things screwed up anymore. Some would certainly say so.


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@Tom Whitworth...Thanks, Tom...we need to do a better job of getting our philosphies handed down and teaching younger generations to fear these socialist approaches to life. WB

@ralwus...If the OB and his cronies stay in office past the first term, I fear that will not be an issue...simply a truth, CC. WB


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eovery 6 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

Wayne, probably the worse hit area is the family. In a lot of area, the family is almost non-existence. The family is the core unit of humanity, and we need to get back to it. Family values need to be re-instated, but I do not know if we can even do that now, or if it is too late. Many are letting the school systems and other porgrams raise and teach their children. The parents need to get themselves straightened out, and teach their children righteous principles.

If we cannot do it, then a socialistic government will need to be put in place to control the masses. But it will fail, and we will have mass starvation and unrest, as we have seen in many other countries.

Keep on hubbing!


TimBryce 6 years ago

Wayne -

Very thoughtful article. I would add the need for basic common sense as well (a commodity that is uncommon these days). Keep on truckin'

Tim


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@eovery...You are quite correct. I think the family unit started falling apart the day MTV aired on the local television. In too many cases now, parents are creating children but doing little in terms of raising and educating them. The schools are not filling in the void because the liberal agenda is working every day to remove the basics of education in the American Process out of the classroom and replace it with politically correct dribble under the umbrella of diversity and cultural appreciation. I am all for acknowledging and appreciating other cultures, but know the history and functionality of your own before you cast off on that journey. No, this is an intentional effort to dumb down America and it is too often working. WB

@TimBryce....Gee Tim, that would be like crossing over into Utopia to think that common sense might still exist out there. LOL! WB


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sunflowerbucky 6 years ago from Small Town, USA

While I fear you are most likely preaching to the choir, I wholeheartedly agree with you. It seems to me that some people are so intent on reinventing the wheel to move forward that they actually set us back. While voter turnout may be on the rise, informed voting seems to be a thing of the past, especially with the current state of our biased media.


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

This is a brilliant piece of writing Wayne. If only many people who go to the polls to pull the lever had a clue as to its message and meaning. Well done, awesome.


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tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

Wayne a very well articulated hub here. I go onto the Huffington Post and probably everyone there is younger then me and you would not believe how badly these folk have been bamboozled. But of course I am the Kool Aid drinker. I just hope November turns out well , because if the Dems keep control , we are sunk !


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@sunflowerbucky...You are quite correct and who but American politicians and a sold-out media would want an uninformed populus voting? Never forget the line, "we'll take you over and never fire a shot." Look around...there's not mystery in how they will do it. We, the people, are all that stands in the way. Many of those in government have already thrown in with helping them take us over. If we cannot stop it...we are doomed.

@breakfastpop...thanks, Poppy, I needed an 'awesome' to get my day started! WB

@Tony724...You have more resolve than me Tony...I have since learned that trying to tell those with a liberal mindset something is like wrestling a pig in a mudhole...pretty soon you come to realize that the pig likes it! LOL! WB


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

I agree with many of the comments above as well, Wayne. Your article was well put and also frightening as heck! Why would we want these people voting that don't even know what they are voting for?

There is so much wrong with our country today and I shudder to think if we CAN fix it all or if we are doomed much as the Romans were. We have so many talents and so much potential with our lofty ideals but then we screw it all up with greed and pure bone-deep stupidity as in trying to change the world to march to our drum beat.

I'm also with Charlie - everywhere we go, we seem to make the world a worse place. I think in America, it's high time we sat back and took a look at ourselves and worked on a little self-improvement, do a reality check and come up with viable alternatives to making OUR world a better place. That seems to be common sense but as someone said above, that seems to be a thing of the past in this country!


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@akirchner....Thanks for the great comment Audrey. The realty is that apathy will be with us forever but we surely need to minimize it. I think politicians are more than willing to lower the voting age and will put great effort into getting that done while doing little or nothing to relieve apathy. In many ways, we truly are a cockroach society. Our priorities in the world seem to be driven by agendas which are not very transparent most of the time and the outcome is not fully anticipated as it should be. We should be operating under the premise, "Our country and our people first and foremost" but in reality it is "our country and our people...apologize!" We cannot put our head in the sand and ignore world events or the intentions of those who would do us harm but we certainly need to move the priority for our homeland up and along with the pride that Americans take in it. We certainly can do without a leader who goes around bowing to others in the world and apologizing for the actions of our country. We are the most giving and compassionate nation in the world and that speaks volumes....even if we do it stupidly and somewhat naively at times. WB


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Ms Dee 6 years ago from Texas, USA

Enjoyed being introduced the Thena Dare's song! Yes, sadly if we as a nation don't pass down our heritage well, the result is bamboozlement :(


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@Ms Dee...Thank you! Our heritage and our methods of maintaining our freedom as Americans is absolutely precious to us. WB


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CMerritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

Absolutly,100% right on!.

Keep on telling it WB. It is hubs like this that keeps my spirits ups, and my faith that there is STILL more good Americans left in this Country than what the media leads us to believe.


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@CMerritt...I believe they are out there too. I think we often refer to them as the "silent majority". I also think that majority is tired, feedup, and ready to make some significant changes to bring America back to the way we know it. It's past time! Thanks for the good words and I will do my best to fill the shoes! WB

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