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I'm an American, You Are Too

Updated on March 7, 2012
If the wheel is broken, fix it
If the wheel is broken, fix it

Can we agree on an American agenda?

 

Red state Blue state sounds like a children’s book.   I am from the Red, White and Blue state and so are you.  The two major political parties want us divided.  They focus us on splinter issues like abortion or gays rights.  Not that they are not important, but there are bigger issues that go through entire election cycles without a decent discussion.

I think we agree on these issues because we are Americans first and Republican or Democrat or whatever second.  WE can reach across the divide created to get our vote and work together.  Here are some examples.

How about a balanced budget, wouldn’t it be nice if the politicians spent our money like it was their house too.  Anyone who ever balanced a household budget could do better than they do. 

Does anyone truly believe that national security is not important? 

We need jobs.  We want to work.   There are new industries such as wind energy, solar energy.  If we can’t win back the jobs that have gone overseas, than pass laws to encourage new industries.

Who doesn’t want affordable access to health care providers?  This is the United States of America.  We should be first in this area.  We are not!

Our representatives have spent the social security trust fund on other things.  Now they tell us social security is in trouble.  They took our money.  They spent it on something else.  And we vote for them to go back to Washington and do it again.  Over 90% of our congressmen and Senators are reelected.  You see why they want us focused on anything but them.

Get us off of foreign oil.  We have enough natural gas to last 100 years.  Coal may not be pretty but it is ours.  Stop sending our kids overseas to fight in countries that don’t want us there.  Create some jobs right here at home with our natural resources.

Taxes should be fairly shared.

Education, how can we excel, if we do not educate.  Expand the education budget.  Teach critical thinking.

Not everyone goes to college, teach the trades in High school like carpentry, plumbing, electrical. 

I can add to this list, can you?

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    • GNelson profile imageAUTHOR

      GNelson 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Thanks CMerritt, Find some common ground and work together for the good of our country. It might work!

    • CMerritt profile image

      Chris Merritt 

      7 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Well Gee, when you put it THAT way, well yeah!!

      just being sarcastic...sorry.

      Yes GNelson, I am on board with everything you said.

      If Washington would just apply some of this common sense we could fix many of the problems we face.

      I felt your sincerity with this and vote up and awesome.

    • GNelson profile imageAUTHOR

      GNelson 

      7 years ago from Florida

      It would nice if our government served the people.

    • LuxmiH profile image

      Luxmih Eve-Lyn Forbes 

      7 years ago from Fort Pierce, Florida

      Wouldn't it be nice if we had a united government that was small, efficient and the common goal was the love of country? They understood that the role is to serve the nation based on the constitution, One nation under God for Liberty and justice for all. Wouldn't it be nice?

    • GNelson profile imageAUTHOR

      GNelson 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Maggydawg, Let the teachers teach - what a novel idea. You shopuld run for office.

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      maggydawg 

      7 years ago

      There is very little room in the educational system nowadays to give time to critical thinking. We like to fool ourselves into thinking that school is "not leaving any kid behind," so I agree; do not pigeon-hole everyone; we are all different...Trade schools for some, college for other and the workforce for others. So leave the politics out of education, and let the teachers teach.

    • GNelson profile imageAUTHOR

      GNelson 

      7 years ago from Florida

      feenix, I love it when someone gets my point. We are all Americans first!!!! The beauty of this country is that we can disagree out loud.

    • feenix profile image

      feenix 

      7 years ago

      GNelson, brilliant hub, really brilliant. And like you, I am an American PERIOD!

      And I believe that politicians need to be reminded that we are not under their control but they are under ours. We are the bosses and they are not.

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      Fay Paxton 

      7 years ago

      You are spot on, but divide and conquer is the name of the game. If you ask me, most Americans are stuck on stupid. They are so busy being ideological, they forget how to be Americans. And don't get me started about the Bible-beaters who are scared to death that some poor family getting food stamps is buying chicken instead of bologna. Oh, don't get me started.

      up and awesome

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      Susan Zutautas 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Although I am not from the USA I did live there for part of my life and just wanted to let you know that I enjoyed reading this. A lot of what you have said here can apply to Canada as well.

    • GNelson profile imageAUTHOR

      GNelson 

      8 years ago from Florida

      The tickets go on sale very soon, BJ.

      We have a cool country. Turn off the TV and talk to people and I believe we can save her. We all love this country, that's where we start.

    • BJBenson profile image

      BJBenson 

      8 years ago from USA

      Where do we get those tickets to Mars?

      Oh, that was just a joke.

      I guess us that are American need to use our common sense and take care of her,she is a beauty.

      Wonderful Hub.

    • Storytellersrus profile image

      Barbara 

      8 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      I agree, G. Thanks for the hub.

    • GNelson profile imageAUTHOR

      GNelson 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Yoy make some good points Storytellersrus. I am not in the tea party. I am glad they are active but they need to get away from their billionaire supporters and think for themselves. Change the channel away fron Fox every once in a while.

      What I believe is that we need people in office who identify more with us than with corporations. We need officials who will vote for the American people. Most of them care more about getting re-elected than about the voters who elected them.

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      Barbara 

      8 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      GNelson, I am uncertain if you are in the Tea Party, but I don't think from what I have heard that these fall along Tea Party lines as indicated by maven. I don't think Common Sense is a Tea Party line either, as their points tend to be anything but common sensical. In politics it doesn't really matter what the definition of something is; what matters is reading the public and creating illusions in order to grab power.

      I suppose I am about your age, right? 57? Logical, might be a way to categorize your points. And I agree with you.

      But logic has never been political and certainly isn't today! Not in the Tea Party or the Democratic Party or the Republican Party. Politics is about power. Some enter politics with the idea that they can make the world a better place, but those people soon become bogged down with the act of getting elected. It is a difficult system.

      I am excited about the younger generation, most of whom do not consider abortion or gay rights to be major issues. If Baby Boomers have done one thing right, it is to get our kids involved in volunteering. This gets them face to face with people different from themselves and opens their hearts as well as their minds.

      Thanks for getting me thinking beyond my fresh empty nest.

    • GNelson profile imageAUTHOR

      GNelson 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Bobby, The ones from Mars treat this planet like they have another one to move to when they use this one up.

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      BobbiRant 

      8 years ago from New York

      Well sometimes I think : Some of American are from Earth, some are from Mars? I could write a book like this one really easily. Maybe government officials are from Uranus? :0)

    • GNelson profile imageAUTHOR

      GNelson 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Justom you bring up a good point. Common Sense is all too lacking today. It might be too much TV and not enought reflection.

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      justom 

      8 years ago from 41042

      Another spot on hub and I'd like to add something to the list. COMMON SENSE, or as someone told me a long time ago, uncommon sense (if it was common more people would have it). The dumbing down of this country is just amazing. I think the last I looked here in Cincinnati public schools were graduating less than 50% of the students and tell us it costs 10,000 + per student per year, which is double what a good private school costs here. Money is not the answer to education, good teachers and people who care are and tenure, well don't even get me started on that. Nice work!! Peace!!

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      dabeaner 

      8 years ago from Nibiru

      Unfortunately, we are not united; the party politicians merely take advantage of the fact, for their own gain, that most people are idiots and sheep.

      https://hubpages.com/politics/america-what-went-wr...

      Issues you raised:

      Abortion is not a side issue. That is of major importance to religious wackos against it, and of major importance to true pro-lifers (pro EXISTING life) aka pro-choicers. FYI, my position is pro-abortion, pro-contraception, pro-spaying and neutering.

      Ditto "gay" rights. That is not a side issue. That is of major importance to religious wackos against it, and of major importance to homosexuals. FYI, my position is let them b.f. and c.l. each other; so what?

      Balanced budget? Most people don't balance their budget. Their magical thinking extends to the government budget.

      Social security and medical. Everyone can get paid not to work for thirty years? Everyone can get $1,000,000 operations and care on demand? Sure, why not..

      There is more I could say, but I need to get back to work.

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      maven101 

      8 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Another excellent commentary...Could be used for a teaparty platform...

      These red state, blue state designations by the media are infuriating and they have to be called on it...Even Fox uses this divisive approach to national politics...

      Thanks for this...Larry

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