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America Isn't Easy

Updated on September 17, 2015

As a writer who composes poetry, short stories and human interest articles, I normally give national politics a wide berth. Quite simply, political dissertations are not my thing, and other hubbers are far more adept at writing about this subject than I. Nevertheless, after observing events that have troubled me for some time, I am compelled to take pen in hand for a few minutes to express why it is time for many Americans to wake up and smell the proverbial coffee.

Civility in political discourse has always been a bit shaky at times. Nevertheless, I have never witnessed the bitter divisiveness that not only grips America’s halls of governance, but has polarized a portion of our citizens as well.

One need only make a solitary comment in passing to run the risk of being labeled by some as a “dirty lib,” “cold-blooded repubgnant,” or other such nonsense. It is not unusual for certain people to repeat political buzz words like squabbling parrots, nor for media talking heads to deliberately aim rude and snarking comments at others. Labels are also used as crude and judgmental index-cards -- as if this diminutive expediency could possibly qualify who we are and what we think as individuals. Is this the new social norm? I wonder if this has in any way influenced the manner in which some of the youth in our schools systems bullies and belittles others.


Equally disconcerting is the fact that objective reasoning, systematic research, and critical thinking skills seem to be giving way to the fast food approach of being spoon fed everything we need to know and how to think by the hyper-connectivity of the internet and social media. Television news is regularly compressed into 60-second bites of information, as if viewers had the attention span and IQ levels of a gnat. Drama-laden media sound bites are interpreted as knowledge. Reporting political scandals is often more significant than reporting facts.

Campaigning for power and the corporate/financial services lobbyists rather than helping this country appears to be the current philosophy of Congress. Intelligent and effective compromise has become tantamount to conspiracy and defection. This has made the politics of today tragically incompatible with strong, effective leadership. Such leadership is paramount if this nation is to deal with the skyrocketing deficit, and continue to develop the industries, technologies, environmental ethics and higher education standards it needs in order to compete and to survive. Not next month or next year – now.

America isn’t easy. Neither are the solutions to the overwhelming challenges we now face. As a nation, we lived beyond our means for years. Fate has inevitably handed us the check. As an Independent, I will not insult the intelligence and integrity of readers by falsely asserting we are the only group of voters that believes in strong fiscal responsibility, as well as intelligent responsiveness to those in need. Nothing could be further from the truth. We are all aware that we cannot blindly throw money at a situation and then walk away, hoping for the best. Nor can we just walk away. Both scenarios are synonymous with ignorance and indifference.

Amidst all of the posturing of “us versus them,” one thing remains certain: Politicians will rise to the level of voter expectations. Unfortunately, hollow political slogans and empty promises have become mantras of quick fixes that are non-existent. Too often, self-serving opinions and convenience thinking usurp facts. It is no longer a matter of which politician lies or is uninformed; for most, it is simply a question as to what degree. Political debates, presentations, interviews and speeches need crews of fact checkers working feverishly behind the scenes to identify and correct false and/or questionable claims.

We can no longer gauge a candidate’s or incumbent’s understanding of an issue and the intricacies involved until we first educate ourselves. This is not easy an easy task…it requires work, discipline and commitment. “Tell them what they want to hear,” is no longer acceptable. Voters need facts, details, and assurances of knowledgeable and strategic planning. We are paying their government salaries and benefits -- or are about to -- at both federal and local levels, and deserve the same respect and confidence we afford them.

Lawful protests and demonstrations are as American as apple pie, and are among the freedoms we treasure. It is our duty to speak out and to demand the truth. Nevertheless, we should not intentionally disrupt political dialogue at formal debates or meetings by continually yelling and pounding the air with our fists as if we were delinquent adolescents. We need to consider both sides of an argument or debate carefully and objectively as adults, and require those involved in the discussion to do the same. We should also hold the media to a higher level of standards that require more thorough and accurate reporting with less bias.

In the final analysis, the American dream defines far more than what one seeks in terms of opportunities or material possessions. It defines who we are. Although certain individuals may not educate themselves on the issues because they feel their vote won’t make any difference, each voice matters. Each citizen needs to become more informed and engaged to help make this nation healthy and whole.

I, for one, do not believe that our best days are behind us. As a nation and leader of the global community, we have extraordinary possibilities. We have only to give ourselves a chance.

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      Genna East 11 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      First of all, my sincerest apologies for missing the above comments. For some reason, I missed them in HP e-mails?? Thank you for your comments.

      Dolores: I can't believe it's been five years since I first published this. And look at where we are. Growing up, I was advised by my parents to never discuss politics or religion at anyone's dinner table; it's a caveat I've always followed. Still, discussion should and can be held in other forums, with respect for the other's viewpoint. As soon as someone begins to insult or demean your perspective, that respect flies out the window. I'm an Independent, who doesn't take sides in Repubs versus Dems as a Party ideology, or "us versus them." It is the issue or the individual/politician that concerns me. I can't tell you how many times I've been labeled either a Conservative or a Liberal before I've had a chance to finish a sentence. Now, it is much worse; I know of families who cancelled Thanksgiving and Christmas family dinner gatherings because of the result of the recent election. Things have gotten pretty crazy out there.

      Thanks so much for the thoughtful comment.

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      Dolores Monet 11 months ago from East Coast, United States

      Hi Genna - well aren't we more divisive than when you first wrote this. The anger is too much for me. I remember when I was a kid, one of the rules of polite behavior was not to discuss politics. I used to think that was a nutty rule. But in mixed company, when both left and right sides are present (and the grouping is usually heavy on one side) it's best to talk about other things. At a party or any gathering we should strive to make everyone comfortable, not to gang up on the one leftie or rightie and make them feel uncomfortable.

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      Tori 3 years ago

      Thikinng like that is really amazing

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      Rasheeda 3 years ago

      This is way more helpful than anynihtg else I've looked at.

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you, Peg. I worked in the entertainment industry in LA for a few years before moving back east and entering the corporate world. Fifteen years later, I opened my own consulting company. We prefer to work with small to mid-sized companies, and not with big businesses that employ more than 3,000 people. So I’m not sure what I could bring to the table other than to stress the overwhelming importance of education, as well as developing a passion for lifelong learning. An open mind opens doors to a far better understanding of the world around us. We need more teachers like Maria Jordan, Bill Holland, Dianna Mendez, Audrey Hunt and others who help to inspire others. Reason begins with understanding – and respect . It’s good to see you, Peg. Thank you for that wonderful comment and your encouragement!

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Genna, We need voices of reason like yours that help to shape the minds of those sitting on the fence. It is through sharing our experiences that we can contribute to the better good and foster improvement. Your vast knowledge of the corporate culture would be well received by those looking for leadership and guidance in a confusing world.

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Wayne. The growth of government is a multifarious issue and a serious one. The world has grown more complex, and our nation more diverse -- neither of which is negative…this is simply a matter of the status quo. You bring up a good point in that people look to government to provide opportunities and to solve problems. Nevertheless, this has always existed – but to a lesser extent – throughout our history. Having said this, too many individuals have grown apathetic and/or complacent in their refusal to become more informed and involved. They look to the media to do their thinking for them, and their political leaders to provide their emotional security blanket of, “I’m right – you’re wrong,” and rather cheaply in the bargain. “What’s wrong and who do we blame?” Politics has become 70% emotionalism and 30% reasoning. The ignorance is as shocking as it is frustrating. Thank you for your enlightened response, Wayne. Well said.

      I doubt that I will be writing any more opinion articles regarding politics…they just aren’t my thing. :-)

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Peggy. The divisive party machinations have been with us for quite some time. One of the aspects of the “Lincoln” film that impressed me was the realization of how little has changed over the years with regard to these chasms; although, there was a time in our modern history when the parties seemed to get along better than they do now. I like the Paine and Kennedy quotes; there is much wisdom in these. Thank you for that very thoughtful comment, Peg. :-)

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      Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

      Far too much effort today goes into convincing the American public to buy into something that sounds too good to be true...that waiting Utopia just over the hill. Our nation has always offered the opportunity for all who step forward and never promised success or riches but always allowed the opportunity. Today, we have created a society of people who care little about opportunity; about freedom or liberty; or individualism. They look in only one government as the center of their lives and the answer to all their needs and problems. This is the cancer which is eating at the insides of America today and will eventually destroy her. This is the cancer which those who seek power over the people through large government intervention believe is a God-send to their cause...although they never refer to God publicly. No doubt, the entire concept of this nation was created on a foundation of conservatism toward government, fiscal responsibility, opportunity, liberty, and freedom. If, we as a people, cannot reach out and touch that heritage and feel the desire to hold forth and protect it at all costs, then we are surely lost as a nation, plain and simple. Very nice work, Genna...hope to see more from you in this area. ~WB

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Genna, You've certainly got my vote on these political observations. Your points are well made without the typical party division of political hubs. Thank you for this thought provoking and interesting hub.

      I found a quote by Thomas Paine which seems relevant: "Men who look upon themselves born to reign, and others to obey, soon grow insolent; selected from the rest of mankind their minds are early poisoned by importance; and the world they act in differs so materially from the world at large, that they have but little opportunity of knowing its true interest, and when they succeed to the government are frequently the most ignorant and unfit of any throughout the dominions."

      I also like the one by John F. Kennedy:

      "Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Ron. I'm not sure if being in the middle is usually means that we see both sides of the story, and make our chocies Independent of the Party lines as they can be extreme in some instances. Good to see you, and thank you for those thougthful comments.

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      James W. Nelson 4 years ago from eastern North Dakota

      For one who normally gives national politics a wide berth, Genna East, you seem to have nailed this one. I always have thought I was in the middle too (does that mean independent?) but during the past two years or so I have leaned far, far, to the right, but if we ever get our s*#t together again, it will be easy for me to come back to the middle.

      Thank you for a really good hub, Genna East, and, again, nice to meet you!

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Please forgive me for not responding sooner, but I have been literally overwhelmed with work these past few weeks. I haven’t had two minutes to myself, it seems.

      Thanks for taking the time to read this article, and I appreciate your comments! :-)

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      Keri Summers 6 years ago from West of England

      Wow! I came to this Hub late, but glad I read it, and I think these issues are going to apply for a while. I'm not a US citizen, but could still relate very much to what you are saying in what I've observed and heard of US politics. GE for governor of Massachusetts!

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      Ralph Deeds 6 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Well done. But I wish I were as optimistic as you.

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Barb;

      I think the passion of this article is matched by the passion of your wonderful and thoughtful comments that are indeed a breath of fresh air. Thank you, and I couldn’t agree more with your viewpoints.

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      Barbara 6 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Genna, wow! Passion intensifies your articulation. As I considered the meaning of each sentence, words spat out of your mouth with brilliance and- key word repeated often in these comments- eloquence. I believe this is my favorite of your hubs.

      I am sad that we cannot all let go of stereotyping the "other", classifying them into melting pots called "liberal" and "conservative" for example. I am sad that several readers cannot for one lousy minute let go their desire to attack this "other" and consider the greater picture.

      Your point about sound bites dominating our mindset is perhaps the root cause of this deepening tendency to assume all people who vote Democrat or Republican can be described in such shorthand. I find this incredibly offensive. Probably this is why I switched to Independent- I rebel against such ignorant labels.

      "Gay" or "Flag waving" or "Big Government" or "Big Oil" or a myriad of other catch phrases are illusions, smoke screens to avoid dealing with people. No matter the spin, they have dehumanized the political process, transforming "We the People" into stupid sheep.

      The "homeless" breathe. Thanks.

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Marsha;

      Yes, they do need to speak out. Our standards of education have declined considerably to where we are now 26th in the world, I believe, if these reports are accurate. I have a tendency to think that bright and respectful people usually don't take part in political hysteria. A portion of our citizens don't get involved because they think they won't be able to make any difference. Thanks so much for the visit, Marsha.

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      marshacanada 6 years ago from Vancouver BC

      Thanks for this Good Hub Genna. Voted up and interesting.

      I find the hysteria in American politics confusing. Don't Americans have a good education system and excellent critical thinkers? I have met so many bright respectful people when I;ve been visiting in the USA. Maybe more of those reasonable Americans need to speak out.

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you, Phoebe...I appreciate your supportive comments.

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      Phoebe Pike 6 years ago

      An informative hub with a unique style of writing all put together... two thumbs way up. :)

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi attemptedhumor. Good to see you, and I appreciate your thoughtful and supportive comments. You reminded of something my father often said about the environment. I cannot help but wonder about the legacy we are bequeathing to our children, our grandchildren, and the future.

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      attemptedhumour 6 years ago from Australia

      Your frustration is shared by this Aussie voter. I take my vote seriously and do my best to make an educated decision based on each party's mandate. Watching grown men and women squabble like toddlers is very demoralising. My main focus is the environment that my children and grandchildren will inherit. But it is grouped in with all the other issues instead of being bipartisan. Independent ministers are holding the balance of power here and boy do have a lot of it. I don't know much about American politics, but it sounds familiar. Cheers

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Sofs;

      I kept my thoughts to myself for some time, but needed to express my opinions on issues that face all Americans – not one party versus another; young versus old; etc. In other words, I still refuse to engage in the “us versus them” arguments. We were at a dinner party not too long ago, and members of the same family but different political affiliations were yelling at each other – it began during the middle of the dinner party and didn’t stop. All I could think of was, “Taxi!”

      I also write articles that take on the media because media standards have sunk, dismally, in my opinion. I wholeheartedly support differences of opinion and political discourse and debate, but I am shocked at what people out there don’t know – or, more importantly, don’t want to know. We have to become better informed. Thanks for the visit and the wonderful comments!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Well written article about American politics as it exists today. It is so true that our electorate needs to become better informed and that it takes a bit of work to achieve that. We also must vote! It always astounds me to hear people stating that they have no intention of voting because they truly think that their vote will not matter. Anyone who does not take that responsibility upon themselves has no right to complain about the outcome, in my opinion.

      After reading your bio, this is the last hub that I thought you would ever write...but glad that you did. Perhaps if people simmer down and do some real thinking (that includes our elected officials) we may solve some of these problems facing us today in a civilized manner.

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thanks, Sam. These issues have been bothering me for some time, and I sort of vented here. Thanks for stopping by.

      Hey Doug; good to see you. I thank you for our supportive comments; they are always welcomed. The political machine (great way to describe it), has become as obvious as it is ineffective. Except this machine needs more than a tune up; it needs a complete overhaul, and voters are the ones who have to “take it in” to be serviced - the media as well. :-)

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      Doug Turner Jr. 6 years ago

      Well put: give ourselves a chance. For someone who gives politics wide berth, you have good insight into our political machine and how it runs. I like your clean, efficient writing style as well.

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      samiaali 6 years ago

      Hi Genna East, You have said a mouthful here, and I agree with you! Thank you for a great Hub! :)

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      My sincere apologies for not responding sooner, but I’ve been under the weather recently.


      I agree with you. Informed involvement is sooo important – especially today. Thank you for stopping by and for your comments.


      Hi there. I couldn’t agree more. Our national government officials appear to be acting more like salespeople rather than leaders. I appreciate your thoughtful and supportive comments.


      Hi again, and many thanks you for your comments!


      Hi Jim. The growing rate of government is disturbing given all of the inaccessible and aloof posturing, the lack of effectiveness, growing and unsupported costs to taxpayers, and gratuitous corporate influence. I also think the constant name-calling and ignorant attempts at pigeonholing are unconscionable. I thank you for your considerate comments, and kind words concerning the article. It’s always good to see you.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      Your article is wonderful. It is well thought out, eloquent, concise, and insightful.

      You wrote: "Campaigning for power rather than helping this country appears to be the current philosophy of Congress."

      I totally agree with you. I think this problem has been exacerbated as the size and power of the federal government has grown without end. If they are all bums then we should all want them to have far less power and intrusion into our lives and our states. It is far harder for lobbyists to lobby fifty state governments than one central government that decides everything for everybody.

      You also wrote: "As a nation, we have lived beyond our means for years, and fate has inevitably handed us the check"

      That is sad but true.

      You said that "Patriotism is not a matter of who waves the bigger flag"

      Of course, in the abstract, that is true. But the reality is that those on one side of the aisle are FAR less apt to own a flag or want to say the Pledge of Allegiance. (The flag and pledge of the oppressors of the world they say.)

      You wisely counseled that "we should not intentionally disrupt political dialogue at formal debates or meetings by continually yelling and pounding the air with our fists as if we were delinquent adolescents. We need to consider both sides of an argument or debate carefully and objectively as adults"

      You are so right. But once again, one side of the political divide does by far most of the shouting down of speakers, the protesting of free speech, the insistence of politically correct speech, campus speech codes, and even prosecuting thought crimes. For thoughts THEY disagree with, of course.

      One of the best points you made is that the name-calling has gotten ridiculous. A typical conversation goes: "I believe the government should do this because of that." RESPONSE? "YOU are a heartless idiot and an ignorant fool!"

      That, of course, is one way not to debate the actual issue. :D

      Thank you!

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      American Romance 6 years ago from America

      I'm with you, If you mean the us against those we disagree with, then that can't stop in my book! I will never get on board with liberal ideology, so again were dead in the water!

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      SilentReed 6 years ago from Philippines

      For a writer who avoids writing about political issues this article is a refreshing departure from the rants and ravings of pundits expounding on their personal bias. Although I live on the other side of the Pacific ocean,many like me watch the U.S. political scene with great interest.What happens in your part of the world also affects us.It is a sad comment on our times that statesmanship is a forgotten skill. Politicians today are acting more like sales representatives of corporate and big business.They are not only an endemic "problem" to the U.S. but also seem to thrive and thieve elsewhere in the world :)

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      The more I see what is happening I too think that the government has become to big and unmanageable.It is all right for things to be a bit unruly, that is the nature of the system. The hope is that out of chaos come order.In some ways it is good to see some strong disagreements between groups which hopefully leads to productive dialogue. I fear that the media is neglecting its responsibilities by being partisan, but maybe that too is the nature of the beast.The "new media" is combination of much information lost in the old media and much nonsense. However, it is good that people are involved and hope that the process will bring desirable results.

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA


      Good to see you, and thank you for your comments. I don’t have all of the answers, but I agree with Will and Dan in that smaller government might not be so burdensome on the people. But is has to be a government that serves all of the people well and is accessible to them. (Underline accessible.) It should function intelligently, effectively, fairly and efficiently, with no strangling partisanship, self-interests, or one-party rule. That is key to why our founding fathers created the three branches of government – to maintain a balance of power…I am surprised at the number of people who don’t know this. We need to educate ourselves and begin with a better understanding how our governments function at federal and local levels, and know exactly how our tax monies are spent – dollar for dollar – beyond simplistic pie charts. (The .gov websites offer some information, but not enough.)

      @ Erin:

      Thank you. I meant to say earlier that your idea regarding fact-based programming on television is terrific…I have thought the same thing, myself. Sure, we have CSPAN, local channels, etc., that address some of these issues. But we need to have dedicated, intelligent and unbiased programming where citizens can learn more about the specific functions of federal government, debates on key issues, and so forth. Debates, interviews and Q&As should have fact checkers to substantiate claims and challenge them, if need be, to keep them honest. Right now, it’s a hit and run format condensed into 60-second sound bites that leave us with more questions than answers.

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      Justsilvie 6 years ago

      This was an Excellent Hub, Genna! I am also reading up on federal earmarks and funding states have received, especially my home state. The process starts at a local level.

      And you are so right that each voice counts and sad to see that only about half of the countries citizen's are deciding the fate for everyone.

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      Erin LeFey 6 years ago from Maryland

      Genna, you were the one with the eloquent words! mine was merely a comment. Keep up the great writing - love seeing you here on the hub! Always a fan, Erin :)

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA


      I forgot to mention one thing about your comment. Some friends and I did some research a while back as to what federal earmarks and funding states have received. I think people would be surprised if they knew. And then again, maybe not. :-)

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA


      Hi there, Dio. I think if we give up on politicians we give up on ourselves…we put ‘em in office. Ouch…lol! At least we can keep our sense of humor. :-) Thanks for stopping by.


      Well hello old friend. :-) Thanks for your thoughtful words; you are still articulate, while not pulling not any punches, and I love it. Please give Molly my best –it is wonderful to see you! Thanks for your supportive comments.


      Hello and thank you for stopping by and commenting. I think you misunderstood the article. I know very well what Congress is doing and what they are not doing, which is the point of the article. This ‘Us versus them’ has got to stop, regardless of which party controls the House or the Senate. If debates rest on stagnant arguments that cannot be moved by either side without even the slightest consensus, the nation will suffer. Leadership and the best interests of the people should not be taken hostage by political power plays.

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA


      I can only imagine what our founding fathers would think of Congress today. Thank you for the thoughtful comments.


      Thank you so much for your comments and for understanding what I was trying to say. It means a lot to me. Your comments were more eloquent than my article, my friend. :-)

      @B. Malin;

      I couldn’t agree more about our national pride. I don’t have all of the answers except they must begin with us being more informed and more involved. Thanks for the comments!

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA


      Hello and thank you, Maya!

      I think the media is a barometer of our expectations as well as education. There are times when I look at the screen and think; ‘What do they think we are – 12?’


      I couldn't agree more; we have exciting opportunities, if we could only rise to the occasion. :-) Thanks for the kind words.

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA


      Hi Will;

      Good to see you, and thank you for your interesting comments. :-)

      Are you referring to the Second Continental Congress of 1776 or the founders as Framers that led to the ratification in ’78 that created federalism wherein citizens were subject to both the federal and state powers? Several eras (formative, partisan, committee, etc) have since taken place that have marked significant changes in Congress and its influence.

      I may be over simplifying here, but the founders wanted to be careful that no one branch of government (executive, judicial, legislative) was absolute. “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” The influences that began to measurably shift this initial symbolism were partisanship and special interests that have characterized the House and the Senate, more significantly, since the 50’s if not arguably earlier. It’s the old story of the well-being of the people versus self-interest and the interest of the party.

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      junko 6 years ago

      The way It works AR, Congress pass a bill and send it on to the Senate for the Senate to pass. Than the President signs it into law or vetos it, F.Y.I. We are dead in the water until we all can wrap our heads around civics 101 and stop hateing.

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      American Romance 6 years ago from America

      Excellent writing, I am saddened that you don't see what the "current" congress has been doing? They have sent bill after bill to the Senate and it's always the same! Dead on Arrival! Obama will never sign anything the current congress puts out unless it was his idea in the first place! So taking vacations means nothing, sending in more bills to help Americans means nothing! We are dead in the water until this current administration is relieved of their duties!

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      DanWW 6 years ago

      Dear Lady;

      Good to see you back and writing. It has been awhile.

      I found this refreshing article a welcome relief in terms of its candor and fairness. Education is a huge problem in the US as we can see from many angles – and it is clearly reflected in the dummied-down media.

      Congress has become an aloof and unreachable entity and politics, some half-baked catchphrase of: ‘Here is the problem, this is what you should fear, and this is who to blame.’ It is always, ‘Us versus them,’ in shifting paradigms.

      My favorite sentence: ‘When do we finally say to Congress, ‘If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem’? Excellent!

      I prefer smaller government but it has to be intelligent and effectual government that works.

      So many good points here; we need to educate ourselves, become more involved – at both state and federal levels. For starters -- if voters knew where all of the federal earmarks and funding were going on a state-by-state basis, and why, there would be a lot of red faces out there. Then again - maybe not.

      Keep writing Genna.

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      diogenes 6 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Nicely put Genna. Any hub that has Will baying for the Revolution gets my vote!

      We have given up on all politicians in Britain, the future looks very grim...Bob

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      We have Always been a Proud that other Countries looked up to with Respect and Admiration...Now we seem to be looked down upon and image is Tarnished. A friend sent me this Cartoon, It goes something like this...25 years ago we has Johnny Cash, Bob Hope and Ronald Reagan. Today, we have NO CASH, NO HOPE, and Obama. I think we need to seriously CLEAN HOUSE and get back on the RIGHT track. I believe we can with our Votes in 2012...It's NEVER too late. Good Timely Hub, Genna.

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      Erin LeFey 6 years ago from Maryland

      Genna, thank you for such a clear and poignant description of "where we are now" and there is so much in here I could not agree with more. America is not easy. This is exactly where we are now and citizens have a duty to be educated on all sides of the issues. So many talking heads present opinions and slanted views as facts - there doesn't seem to be enough time on talk shows for debate. It would be great if they would run fact-based shows on televsion on the main channels during prime time instead of the reality tv that seems to dominate everyone's attention. Our country is in a major crisis, and people know more about NCIS or Survivor than what's going on in Washington.

      You've made some EXCELLENT points in your hub, I'd like to highlight my favorite ones:

      1.Drama-laden media sound bites are interpreted as knowledge and reporting political scandals is often more important than reporting facts.

      2.Intelligent and effective compromise has become tantamount to conspiracy and defection. Campaigning for power rather than helping this country appears to be the current philosophy of Congress, and has made the politics of today tragically incompatible with strong and effective leadership

      3.Politicians will rise to the level of voter expectations.

      4. We cannot gauge a candidate’s or incumbent’s understanding of an issue and the intricacies involved until we first educate ourselves.

      Not only have you nailed it on the main problems behind the issues plaguing this country at present but you've come up with a solution that everyone can work on that only involves taking some interest and personal responsibility for educating yourself beyond watching tv.

      Bravo to you my friend - I shy away from political hubs too, but perhaps you shouldn't. This was eloquent. Voted accordingly.

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      junko 6 years ago

      Genna, Your understanding of the reality of politics at this time in space is clearer then most hubbers that write about it daily. There are those that would rather claim to understand the mindset of those who created the United States Of America rather then be progressive in thought. I believe that If the founding Fathers were immortal Gods and did not die, they would change with the times. Those that today worship what they said and wrote then would demonized their opinions and writings in modern times. There are those that's against the government, and all kind of other people, everything and everybody who is unlike them. The modern world that the founding fathers could not imagine make it possible for evil and unrightiousness to be heard loudly and often. All I can say is the Creator has a master plan and It's will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. Vote up & useful.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Excellent commentary. I agree. We are a great nation and we can rise again. Thank you for an unbiased view....

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      Maya 6 years ago

      Excellent article, Geena! Well written, fair and unbiased. I especially appreciated the part about the media. Standards are dropping like stones in this country and we can clearly see this media.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Our nation was founded on the principles of a limited federal government, with most power concentrated at a local level where the people could deal with local politics and politicians.

      But it has gradually evolved into an upside down wedding cake with the largest layer at the top, where the average American has little or no say, and must bear the awesome weight of a monster government and do so silently.

      Therein lies the real problem, and since those on top are not willing to relinquish such vast power, it may require another revolution to dislodge them. To prevent that, those on top wage a continual class warfare, pitting young against old, men against women, rich versus poor, conservative versus liberal, and so on.

      This is not accidental.