I’m glad I got to know America before the political parties began to try to make a mockery of our system of government. The country’s founding documents, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States, signaled the beginning of a truly noble experiment. The difficulty has been in staying the course.
As a young person I examined the documents and after studying them I came out with a fair understanding of what the forefathers had in mind regarding the kind of country they were hoping to create. They were meticulous in their use of language, making it highly unlikely their meaning would be misunderstood.
Throughout our history, it has been a struggle to maintain separation of church and state. There are those who are determined to have the country governed by Christian beliefs. The fact that this is unconstitutional is unacceptable to many. This is an issue that must be fought over and over again.
Civil rights is another issue that must be tackled in every generation. There are those who believe they should enjoy privileges and opportunities that others are not entitled to. They often are willing to go to elaborate lengths to maintain this division. Sometimes, the targets of their discrimination are minorities and sometimes they are women.
Frankly, I don’t think the political parties are doing very much in terms of helping the country solve many of its problems. On the contrary, they spend much of their time in fighting, striving for their particular political party to get the upper hand.
Certainly, rather than creating more unity within the population, the parties create further division. A lot of politicians are so dogmatic in their positions that compromise is out of the question. Issues that could be settled in an afternoon are often left to stagnate while the country waits for weeks or months for a decision.
Service to the country was once an honorable undertaking. It provided an opportunity to do one’s part and to use one’s skills and talents to try to help the government work better for its citizens. It was also a way of setting an example for children in demonstrating good citizenship.
The right to vote is a privilege. It’s a way of registering your opinion. Unfortunately, many people have lost faith in the people they have chosen to take care of the country’s business. They have become disenchanted with the political parties, yet they know if they don’t vote for candidates representing one of the parties, their vote will count for nothing.
People who are dissatisfied with the political parties really need to get active in helping to build new organizations. Sacrificing the right to vote is not a solution to the problem. The people deserve good leaders.
It’s the least we can do to keep the country moving forward.
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