"We The People" - an Opinion

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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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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

Some great information in this hub. I wish we could find a way to do what you are wishing for, but just can't figure out how we would do it. Thanks


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yellowstone8750 5 years ago from Taos, nm

Marx had some thoughts on the subject! Also, it seems 'we' re more willing to help foreign countries than our own. One more thing, Social Security is not welfare, not that you said it was. Good thoughts here.


HSchneider 5 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

I totally agree with your sentiments, Jennifer. Corporations are controlling our government and elections thus skewing everything to their favor. We the people are suffering under this horrendous condition. I also agree that our healthcare system is inhumane and broken. Having a job should not be a condition to receive affordable healthcare. Great Hub.


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Jennifer Essary 5 years ago from Idaho Author

Old Poolman - I think we need to strike a balance. Every entrepreneur will tell you that you need to spend money to make money. Conventional wisdom is that if you don't have enough then don't spend beyond your means. Both are correct and our government needs to find a balance.


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Jennifer Essary 5 years ago from Idaho Author

Yellowstone - We pay for both unemployment and social security benefits. Some want to deny unemployment claiming all unemployed people are lazy. Those same people would fight to their death for the social security they've paid for. Seems a little hypocritical to me. Thanks for sharing your thoughts : )


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Jennifer Essary 5 years ago from Idaho Author

HSchneider - Thank you for sharing your time and thoughts.


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yellowstone8750 5 years ago from Taos, nm

I agree, health care should be a right, esp. when we provided it for Iraq.


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American Romance 5 years ago from America

If we stop supporting corporations and only support the mom and pops what is the end result? Stop! Answer the question, WHAT IS THE END RESULT???????

The mom and pops will get all the business and within a short time will build huge stores the rest of the mom and pops will get crushed by the one who thought it up first! People use giant companies like Walmart for price and convenience! There used to be a day not too long ago when a person drove all over town looking for a gasket for the kitchen sink, or bicycle for their kids, now you get it at one place at half the price it was from the mom and pops of old! This is what contributed to the wealth of the middle class!


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Jennifer Essary 5 years ago from Idaho Author

Yellowstone, I think it's sad that we and the rescue workers from 9/11 don't have the same quality health care as those held in Guantanamo. No one should lose their home and life savings simply because they became sick.


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Jennifer Essary 5 years ago from Idaho Author

American Romance, Personally I'd rather support a mom and pop shop where people are paid a fair wage. Most of the things bought in big box stores are made by people who don't earn a fair wage and often have poor working conditions. Plus, the big box chains donate a substantial amount of money to politics. In my neck of the woods, I don't know many middle class people who currently feel wealthy. Just my two cents. Thank you for sharing your thoughts I love a good discussion.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

as an ardent capitalist, I would never begrudge anyone a right to make a living but I do scoff that politicians represent my interests. In order to even be elected, you have to be rich so you can afford to advertise and travel. Not all rich people are politicians, but all politicians are rich people and, as such, cannot fully understand the plight of the common man, no matter how empathetic they are.

I already buy and shop local as much as I can. You get better quality products at the same or lower prices and you're helping your neighbor, a real person.

Good hub. Up and shared.


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Hillbilly Zen 4 years ago from Kentucky

You're right on target, Ms. Jennifer, in your Hub and your replies to the comments. Voted up, useful and interesting.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Great thoughts Jennifer. I just wish those in office and new candidates had the same common sense.


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goego 4 years ago from Loserland

@ wd

you talkin' smokin' rope


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

You're so right. Our officials have been bought and paid for. I think each candidate should be allotted x amount of airtime, all the same amount mind you, for free. That would eliminate some of this. Further, companies should not be allowed to lobby! Lobbying should be reserved for the people. Stellar article!


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Old Poolman 4 years ago from Rural Arizona

poetvix - If we put a bounty on lobbyists, the world would be a better place to live. It is amazing that we know how much damage they do, yet nothing is done to stop them. Politicians are for sale to the highest bidder, and lobbyists buy as many as they can afford.


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yellowstone8750 4 years ago from Taos, nm

I thought Obama was going to be way different...the jokes on us!


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Jennifer Essary 4 years ago from Idaho Author

Well, sounds like we all agree that money is the root of our government's problems. Now, how do we go about fixing it? If we continue to stand idle things will not change and may even get worse. I believe 2012 is meant to be a year of change. Looking back at history, all great changes have followed disagreement and animosity. I wish people could make positive changes before struggles occur. Anyway, times are tough now, but I am hopeful for the future.


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Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

You've been read 1000 times in 8 weeks? It took me 8 months to reach that milestone! Congratulations! Love the variety of your work. Keep it coming!


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Jennifer Essary 4 years ago from Idaho Author

Thank you Kathleen : ) I've been writing on a variety of topics basically to see what works. Thank you so much for your kind words.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

I didn't vote for Obama or McCain. Slick politicans make me vomit. Bob Barr 2012!


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Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Oh Lord. He used to be my congressman. Trust me. Look for someone else. Newt Gingrich used to be my congressman too. There is something in the water in this county!


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Jennifer Essary 4 years ago from Idaho Author

I think Obama has done the best he could with the circumstances he was given. Sure, I wish the citizens would have been bailed out instead of the banks and auto-industry. I wonder if we would have really collapsed if they weren't bailed out. Some say 2012 is the end of the world, but I believe it's the end of the way things were. I'm hoping this year is full of positive changes for society. Historically change only occurs when times are tough. I wish we could make positive changes without hitting rock bottom first.


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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

It's like the saying goes "you're darn if you do/don't"

As far as Obama is concerned, many people don't know that it's because of him that you can go to the doctor, get a preventive check up, and not have it hit your annual deductible. I don't care much for the guy, but he's done a few good things for us. ---Won't be voting for him on November - tell you that much! But we must give credit where credit is due.

Great article - voted up

John


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Jennifer Essary 4 years ago from Idaho Author

Thank you John for sharing your thoughts on this topic. I would have liked to see the government create a national healthcare plan. Some call it socialist but Grand Junction, Colorado is doing that exact same thing quite well these days. All patients pay the same amount and their level of insurance does not matter. People who are well don't visit the doctor as often, therefore the average medicaid payments per person are far lower than the national average. I also consider it genius that physicians receive a yearly bonus based on the level of their patients health. Imagine if all American healthcare was like that. What we really have should be called sick-care. Insurance and pharmaceutical companies make too much money off of sick people. Then if you're sick or don't do well on your insurance physical the insurance company raises your rates. Meanwhile the doctor is writing you another prescription for your most recent side effect. Thanks for stopping by and voting : )

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