Whose Government? Whose dreams?
In Communist China the purpose of the government is to serve the Communist Party. Though large in membership by any measure, that party is small as a percentage of China's population.
Let's ask ourselves what the American Government is meant to serve.
If the American Government is truly meant to be a government "of the people, by the people, and for the people" can it be such a government, if Republicans, Democrats, Independents, and others, use the government to serve their party?
I suspect it has been said by someone more intelligent than I am, that "The poor appreciate even the smallest blessing, while the rich seem to appreciate only their riches and becoming richer."
While that is not true of every one of America's so-called elite, regardless of their political persuasions, many seem to have the belief that controlling America's government benefits their party, thus their party must control America's government at all costs.
Their huge fund raising efforts seem devoted to doing just that.
Is it too much to hope that by next November a majority of Americans who vote in the 2020 national election will vote for a leadership devoted to serving America, rather than a leadership devoted to serving primarily the interests of the party most responsible for their election victory?
Perhaps that is too much to hope, but it doesn't have to be too much to hope, or does it?
On one future day, distant or near, America will once again convene a constitutional convention. When that day comes, my prayer is that it will not limit itself to factional wrangling, but rather that it will address the constitutional weaknesses that have limited the hopes and dreams of its original constitutional convention.
Americans do not need to scrap their existing Constitution.
When. however, a majority of Americans believe that their existing Constitution is out-of-date in a world where their Constitution's definition of war is itself out-of-date, and when politicians seek a national office for the benefits and security an office gives them personally, there will come a time to define America's hopes and dreams more clearly, and structure a clearer path forward to their achievement.
I can look in the rear view mirror where hindsight is agreed to be 20/20 and see well understood dreams which appear to have faded.
In the past I had clear dreams of an America where faith, hope, and charity, equality, and justice for all would further bloom and thrive for the benefit of all in an America united and forward looking. It seems to me that having to have home security systems, and building more and more prisons to house more and more inmates, many from growing numbers of gang members, drug sellers, and scam artists, shows an America headed in the wrong direction in a haze of addiction and selfishness. Rather than a young, vibrant America, today's America seems content to muddle on with a decayed infrastructure and decaying morality whose grossness is only exceeded by its out-of-control national debt.
We can all look forward to our own imagined dreams of what we might prefer to fashion for a more equal and just America.
It takes determination and a unified effort of doing our best together to reach America's fullest potential.
Sitting back with a favorite drink, resting on an admittedly imperfect past, not voting at all, and allowing tenured politicians of any party to direct America's Government to fulfill their own self interests, can only lead America further astray from its past and aborted dreams.
How complacent will you be to fiddle with your children's and grandchildren's right to bring their own dreams to fruition?
Is it too much to hope that you actually have other plans for their futures?
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