When will people realize that true change is not about what a politician thinks or does? It's about YOU. Only people, one by one can change our society for the better. Stop hiding behind archaic political ideology and look in the mirror. It starts with YOU.
Politicians don't care about YOU and they never will. Wake up America. Make this a better country by helping your neighbors, be better parents, be harder workers, treat others as you would like to be treated, just be a good person. And stop waiting for someone else to make your life better.
Hey there, Cool. Once again you challenge us with some interesting thoughts!
I don’t particularly favor the idea of career politicians. Just like the founding fathers, I lean toward citizen legislators who serve a stint in congress and then go home to resume the lives they had before. However, in a representative democracy someone has to represent us.
I’ve heard some others with different ideas. Keep sending the same federal legislators back to Washington because it takes 20 years for one of them to muster enough power to accomplish anything for us. On the other hand, replace your state and local legislators every Election Day because it takes more than one term for them to learn how to steal from you.
In the real world, the only power and influence available to the average citizen is their vote. They should use it to reduce term limits, to oppose those who gerrymander, to dilute power centers, and to advance people who have proven they can deliver for us. In the mean time, helping your neighbors, being better parents, working harder, and treating others as you would like to be treated, will do more for you as a person then it will for the country as a whole. We will still have to respect the opinions of others about how to steer the nation if we expect others to respect our opinions. That’s the way it is.
Thanks again, Cooldad, for your post. It reminds me of a pep rally.
wow, I've never been agreed with so much on hub pages, I must be doing something wrong?????
ronald reagan is quoted as saying that all great ideas start at the kitchen table,... meaning it starts at home,... you nailed it.
Amen!!!!Cooldad. We all need to stop waiting on the government to hold our hands. God gave all brains, and common sense we as Americans need to start taking care of ourselves. My mama always told "me things are always better when you do it on your own and with God."
I agree, cooldad.
I was once told by a minister friend that the husband and father is the leader of the house spiritually, emotionally, and financially. How he feels and acts so goes the rest of the family. This doesn't mean he should be lord over his family but guide them.
Now days, a family is lucky to even have a dad in the house much less one that takes the responsibility of being head of the household. Too many times, the responsibility of providing is left up to government and politicians. But, you're right, cooldad, we ALL need to stand up and take responsibility for ourselves and those that need us.
It's time for all Americans to wake up and take charge of our own lives or you won't have one of which to take charge.
The smallest individual component to achieving World Peace is the individual.
So, I'll agree.
I agree with what you say. If every individual started standing up for what they believed in, helped others, volunteered more, etc., then this world may well be a better place. People need to start caring for others. We need to stop depending on politicians and start pushing them more. Our vote is what gets them to where they are in the first place. Our voice and vote should be what decides what they work on. That was how this system was founded and I think many people have forgotten that.
Who is waiting for "politicians" to make things better? Who? Did you even think about this forum before you posted it up here? Also, did you know that there's this thing called a federal government that is in charge of the economic distribution of wealth and goods in this country? The legislators and government officials are the ones with all the economic leverage over the way that society is structured. NOT YOU.
Politicians don't care about you. It's true. But it's fruitless to pretend that they don't exist. Or that they don't matter.
"Just be a good person?" What does that even mean? Is this some invaluable insight that nobody has ever thought of before? Are you trying to enlighten us by telling us to be "good" people?
Mortimer you sound like an angry person. I think he tweeked a nerve.
Mortimer, did you ever stop to think that maybe it's just that simple? Maybe if we did treat each other the way we wanted to be treated, the world just might be a better place. Pretty simple concept but it could work.
There are a lot of timid people out there that want to be heard. Sometimes all it takes is one lone voice standing up and others will follow. I think Cooldad's point is could that voice be yours, his, or mine.
You want want a better life? That's up to you. Your happiness is not my responsibility just like mine isn't yours.
You want a better government and better people in it? I know I do. Again, I think Cooldad's point is that's up to each one of us, individually and together, to make that happen.
You wrote: The legislators and government officials are the ones with all the economic leverage over the way that society is structured.
Who do they work for? US!!! So stop acting like they have all the power and work to send their sorry butts home if they don't or won't do what we want them to do!!!
Cooldad is right. It does start with YOU.
Did you even think before you bothered to respond to the OP? Apparently not.
Untrue. Federal Government isn't in charge of distribution of wealth nor goods. It's oversight for the distribution of goods and services. It has no business with the wealth of the country.
Again, UNTRUE! It only oversees the Economy, to keep it competitive and open to all who enter it. However, with that said, it's not the most effective or efficient source with regards to it's own actions.
Yes this is true. However, the people are the ones who are supposed to be in control of government officials, through a democratic voting system.
It's not a matter whether they exist or don't matter. Everything you do in your life still boils down to you as an individual.
@cagsil: well said, I always enjoy how simple statements in forums become twisted into blah.
My moods tend to get the better of me. I admit. But it's just such rhetoric to go around and say "It starts with you" and expect anything to change without bringing up tangible ideas.
I'm not going to get too much into this. But if you think the federal government is keeping the market competitive and open, then clearly you don't follow the news. Via subsidies and legally binding trade agreements with the federal govt itself, agreements that the govt upholds in a court of law, the US props up the interests of corporations, the largest institutions of a given trade over the entire market. This gives corporations leverage over the us market, and in effect, the way that society itself functions. Think of corn, and the meat industry. Consider how much they have shaped this country because of benefits they get from the US govt.
Democratic voting system? Are we still on this? Really?
The voting system in America is not majority over minority. The electoral college system, being what it is, is that we're all counted by states, not people. A group of smaller populations in different states can be all it takes to override the voices of the majority in others. Especially when you consider the distribution of votes in smaller states, and the political power that these swing states hold over an entire election. It's simply inefficient.
But I guess that's the lesson, isn't it? Nothing is going to change, because people think that things are perfectly fine the way they are. All they're interested in is some simple rhetoric to make them think you've learned something new. And they'll continue on with their merry little life.
I didn't say they did an effective or efficient job at overseeing the markets. Or did you miss that?
I've already made a call for the END of the "status quo".
It doesn't appear to be so, simply because election laws need reform.
Addressed in my previous comment above.
Again, address in that same previous comment. Not to mention, America isn't ruled by the majority, but is by a minority. It's just a majority of people seem to think it is ruled by the majority. It's part and parcel of the deception played upon the citizens.
Again, it still boils down to the individual. It boils down to how knowledgeable they are about what is truly happening or if they are buying into the BS(distortion and misinformation brought forth by politicians).
@mortimer: you know, I rarely think at all before I post anything. I just try to throw enough crap against the wall and eventually something will stick. (sarcasm)
I have a degree in Economics, so I do understand a little about how the economy works. I'm not sure what world you live in, but our last President was elected based on one word, "HOPE". Apparently, there are millions of people waiting on politicians to make their lives better. That's a pretty naive statement to make, but thanks for commenting, I appreciate it.
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