Monday, January 18, 2016

Your Voice - Your Vote


“WAYS OF WAR” IS A STORY ABOUT THE STRUGGLE OF THE EVERYDAY PERSON WHO TRIES TO UNDERSTAND HOW GOVERNMENT RULES THE PEOPLE WHILE FINDING WAYS TO RATIONALIZE THE DECISIONS THEY MAKE ON BEHALF OF THE COUNTRY’S CITIZENS. TRUE, THE TALE IS TOLD IN TIME THAT HAS PASSED HOWEVER THE ISSUES REMAIN THE SAME. THIS TELL ME THAT WE ARE EITHER NOT LEARNING FROM OUR HISTORY OR WE ARE LEARNING VERY SLOWLY.
OBVIOUSLY EVERYTHING TAKES TIME AND CHANGE CAN ONLY OCCUR WITH DESIRE, HARD WORK AND BY LEARNING FROM OUR MISTAKES. IN ADDITION THERE NEEDS TO BE ACCOUNTABILITY. WE ARE LIVING IN A TIME WHERE TECHNOLOGY APPEARS TO HAVE TAKEN OVER OUR ABILITY TO RATIONALIZE. YES THERE ARE THOSE WHO DRIVE THAT TECHNOLOGY AND FURTHER ADVANCEMENT. OF COURSE THEY ARE INTELLIGENT SO WE CONTINUE TO ADVANCE TECHNOLOGICALLY. I’M NOT SPEAKING NOW OF THOSE SELECT FEW.
THOUGH WE ARE LIVING IN A TIME OF GREAT TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENT, WE ARE ALSO LIVING IN A TIME OF FALLING BACK. WHAT YOU SAY? FALLING BACK? WHAT DO YOU MEAN? I’M SURE WHAT I SAY NOW MAY CAUSE SOME TO BECOME HEATED UNDER THE COLLAR, BUT I AM SURE I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE THINKING THEM. SO NOW COME FORTH THE WORDS LIKE A SLAP IN THE FACE. YES THAT’S CORRECT, A SLAP IN THE FACE.
I GREW UP IN A TIME WHEN I WAS HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR MY ACTIONS. I HAULED WOOD AND WATER, LIVED WITHOUT ELECTRICITY AND RUNNING WATER, I PLAYED IN THE MUD AND COULD BE SUBJECT TO A SPANKING IF MY PARENTS DEEMED IT NECESSARY. HAVING SAID THAT, I ALSO LIVED IN A TIME WHERE I WAS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF MY PARENTS NOT THE VILLAGE. OF COURSE THERE ARE TIMES WHEN FAMILIES SHOULD REACH OUT TO THEIR COMMUNITY FOR ASSISTANCE HOWEVER THEY SHOULD NOT REPLACE THE PARENT.  THE PARENT IS THE GROUNDING FORCE OF THE CHILD. THE CHILD LEARNS AND GROWS AS RESULT OF THE WAY THEY ARE PARENTED.
WE HAVE BECOME A NATION WHERE WE CAN’T DISCIPLINE OUR CHILDREN FOR FEAR OF FAMILY SERVICES. AGAIN THERE WILL BE THOSE THAT MISINTERPRET THIS STATEMENT, THEY WILL SPEAK BEFORE THEY FINISH READING. I DO BELIEVE WE NEED FAMILY SERVICES. I BELIEVE THERE ARE TIMES WHEN FAMILIES NEED HELP. I JUST THINK IT HAS GOTTEN OUT OF HAND. PEOPLE NOW SEEM TO EXPECT THE COMMUNITY TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR CHILDREN’S BEHAVIOR. WE NEED TO BRING BACK THE ROLE OF PARENTING TO THE PARENT. WE NEED TO ASSIST THAT ROLE IN OUR SCHOOLS.
OUR POOR TEACHERS DON’T KNOW IF THEY ARE COMING OR GOING. THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED TO DISCIPLINE OUR CHILDREN. I DON’T MEAN TO SAY WE SHOULD BRING BACK CORPORAL PUNISHMENT IN THE SCHOOLS, BUT I DO MEAN TO SAY THAT THEY SHOULD ALLOW THEM TO LET THE CHILDREN KNOW WHEN THEY MAKE MISTAKES, THAT LIFE IS NOT FAIR AND NOT EVERYONE IS EQUAL. IF WE WERE ALL EQUAL THE WORLD WOULD BE VERY BORING.
I’M SURE YOU ALL KNOW WE ARE IN AN ELECTION YEAR. YOU’D HAVE TO HAVE YOUR HEAD IN THE SAND TO MISS IT. THIS IS THE TIME FOR US TO LOOK AT OUR SITUATIONS, THE SITUATIONS OF OUR NEIGHBORS AND FELLOW COUNTRYMEN AND WOMEN. THERE ARE SO MANY IMPORTANT ISSUES. I BELIEVE EACH OF US MAY CONSIDER SOME TO BE MORE IMPORTANT THAN OTHERS. WE HAVE ONE PARTY ARGUING AND POINTING FINGERS AND ANOTHER PROMISING TO RAISE THE WORKING CLASS BY KNOCKING DOWN THE WEALTHY. WE NEED TO BE CAREFUL ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ISLE. POINTING FINGERS AND PLACING BLAME IS NOT SOLVING THE PROBLEM. AND THE GOVERNMENT WILL NEVER ELIMINATE THE WEALTHY. AGAIN WE NEED TO BE CAREFUL. THE WEALTHY ARE THE ONES KEEPING THE MIDDLE CLASS WORKING. WHILE THERE NEEDS TO BE SOME CHANGE RELATIVE TO WAGES AND LABOR LAWS, COMPLETE OBLITERATION OF THE UPPER CLASS WILL DESTROY US ALL. WHILE WE NEED SOCIAL SERVICES WE ALSO NEED TO REEVALUATE THE ROLE IT PLAYS IN OUR SOCIETY. WE MOST CERTAINLY NEED THESE SERVICES HOWEVER THERE ARE PEOPLE USING THESE SERVICES THAT HAVE ABUSED THEM. I COULD GO ON ALL DAY ARGUING ABOUT THE ISSUES AND HOPING FOR SOLUTIONS. NONE OF THE ISSUES WILL BE RESOLVED OVERNIGHT AND MOST CERTAINLY NOT BY FORGETTING TO VOTE. DO US ALL A FAVOR TAKE SOME TIME TO REALLY LOOK AT THE CANDIDATES AND WHAT THEY TRULY REPRESENT. LOOK AT THEIR POLITICAL TRACK RECORD AND PUBLIC CHARACTER. REMEMBER JUST BECAUSE A CANDIDATE PROMISES CHANGE DOES NOT MEAN IT WILL ULTIMATELY BE GOOD CHANGE. WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES IN OUR LIVES EVEN THOSE IN POLITICS. UNFORTUNATELY THERE IS NO PERFECT CANDIDATE. LOOK AT THE MISTAKES OBJECTIVELY. DID THEY LEARN FROM THE MISTAKE? DID THEY ADMIT THE MISTAKE? DID THEY TRY TO MAKE RIGHT THAT WHICH WENT WRONG ON THEIR WATCH? REMEMBER IF A CANDIDATE IS NOT WILLING TO ADDRESS A SITUATION THAT WENT WRONG ON THEIR WATCH IT IS A PRETTY SURE THING THAT WHEN THEY ARE PRESIDENT THEY WILL DO THE SAME THING.
I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE SOLUTION IS. I AM JUST LIKE ANYONE WHO READS THIS POST. I DO KNOW THIS, OUR GOVERNMENT MAY PROMISE TO GIVE YOU ALL KINDS OF SERVICES AND BENEFITS BUT THOSE SERVICES AND BENEFITS ARE NOT FREE. SOMEONE IS PAYING FOR THEM EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT. REMEMBER AS YOU GO TO THE POLLS THAT WITH EVERY SERVICE YOU TAKE FROM THE GOVERNMENT YOU WILL MOST CERTAINLY BE GIVING UP A FREEDOM ON THE OTHER END. THERE WILL COME A DAY WHEN THE WELL RUNS DRY AND THERE IS NOTHING TO SUSTAIN WHAT YOU THINK IS FREE. WHO WILL PAY FOR IT THEN? CAN YOU SAY SERFDOM OR FEUDALISM? WE NEED TO OPEN OUR EYES. WE ARE GIVING UP EVERYTHING OUR FOREFATHERS FOUGHT SO HARD FOR. OUR REVOLUTION WAS FOUGHT TO FREE US FROM THE VERY THINGS THAT SOME NOW WELCOME. BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR BECAUSE WHAT YOU WISH FOR IS NOT ALWAYS WHAT IS BEST FOR YOU OR YOUR NEIGHBOR.

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