"We The People" - an Opinion
The preamble of the Constitution begins with the words "We the People". When our founding fathers created the Constitution and resulting government they could not have imagined how the world would change in the next 200 years. They didn't know politicians would be able to advertise on the radio, television, or internet. How could they foresee people owning hand held devices connecting them to worldwide media in an instant? Without the radio, TV, or internet how well do you know your politicians? Since the majority have not met or had any interaction with the people who are supposed to represent us how can they accurately convey the voice of the people? They can't. In a democracy shouldn't politicians be elected based on their interaction with the community and not because they could afford a better commercial? Looking at the list of large financial contributors to politicians and political parties you won't find any Jane or John Doe's. You'll find banks, insurance and pharmaceutical companies, to name a few. Our government has been bought and sold to the highest bidder. Politicians, policies, and even regulatory agencies have been corrupted by money.
If, We The People, are going to take our government back we have to stop funding the corporations that are ruining the country. Some people think it can't be done, but look at what people have done to the tobacco industry. It can be done. The problem I foresee in America is that we are an instant gratification society that relies heavily on convenience. If we're going to stop supporting corporations we're going to have to give up the convenience they provide. Don't buy groceries at a big box market, get them from the farmers market, local co-op, and local ranches. The extra bonuses are healthier eating, stimulating your local economy, and saving fossil fuels. Look at what the fat-free, sugar-free, low-carb diet crazes have done to society. There has been a spike in obesity and type-two diabetes. Give the corporations their fake food back and nourish your body with whole foods.
The media has done an excellent job creating animosity between political parties. One widely debated issue is healthcare and I don't understand why we're fighting over it. The current healthcare system we have stinks and providing more of the same isn't going to help. Our current form of medicine is designed to keep you sick because no one makes money off of healthy people. When was the last time you visited a doctor and he asked how you've been eating lately? Are you drinking enough water? Do you have time to de-stress? Only my acupuncturist asks me those questions. Shouldn't medicine look at the root of the problem before covering the symptoms with a prescription style band-aid that usually causes more problems than you already have?
Some argue that people should only have health and social benefits they have worked for. Congressmen believe they have worked for their benefits. They receive 5 star health and retirement benefits many of us can argue they don't deserve. Then there are the people the system was designed for. The single mom trying to get back on her feet, the disabled, and the elderly. They may not be contributing to the system now, but most of them have in the past. To end social programs for those in need, who have contributed in the past, is the same as never receiving your social security contributions. Unfortunately the system isn't perfect and it is abused. Drug testing should be randomly conducted on those who receive government checks. In addition, they should have a mentor to make sure they are making honest attempts to get back on their feet. Under the current system, those who abuse it are ultimately going to ruin it for everyone.
Americans are great at lending a hand when a natural disaster or crisis occurs. People reach out the help each other without a second thought. All the lines between politics, religion, and race disappear. In those moments I wish people could keep their giving spirit, but so many revert back to the "me" mentality. If "We The People" are going to win we have to switch to a "we" mindset. If we shift our attention from arguing with each other to joining hands "we" will be much more powerful. Turn off the media that divides us and let's get to know one another. I think we'll find that we're not that different. We all simply want to have enough. A house to live in, a safe community, healthy food, healthcare that works, and to be proud Americans once again.
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