I realize this post is quite a departure from what I typically write, however, I feel it’s important and needs to be said. My books, articles and blog posts are usually designed to motivate, empower, encourage us all to hold ourselves to a higher standard and create the life we’ve always wanted, but we’re at a critical stage in the US in particular and the world in general.
I encourage your comments below, even if you disagree with my position. I do ask, however, that you be respectful. Discourse is a good thing and the freedom of expression is one of the freedoms I swore to defend when I took an oath upon entering the US Army many years ago.
Aside from those people serving in the military, law enforcement and emergency services who put their lives on the line daily, the rest of us have turned into a bunch of wimps, easily manipulated by the blinking beam of our big screen televisions and a host of other distractions that keep us deluded into feeling safe and secure.
Is America still the home of the brave? Really?
If we were brave we would not let our elected officials make decisions based on their personal and political motives, ignoring what is best for the people they were elected to serve. We would demand they put our needs first.
Get involved and engaged in the political process, especially at the local level. Change begins in our own backyards.
If we were brave we would not let judges, Supreme Court and otherwise, make insane rulings like claiming that corporations have the same rights as individuals, a move that has enabled big business to buy Congress.
It’s time to put controls on campaign contributions and reel in the special interest groups lobbying their cause regardless of it’s effect on the population.
If we were brave, we’d get involved in the decisions that affect our families instead of being manipulated into a trance, watching mindless reality shows that make stars out of people whose values are, at best, questionable.
If we were brave we would demand that our schools educate our children instead of dispensing Ritalin and other drugs designed to make them docile and easily controlled. We would demand that food choices be improved and that junk food be take out of schools, regardless of how much money giant corporations dangle in front of schools boards.
If you have children in school, make a point of attending School Board meetings and demand accountability.
If we were brave we would yell, “Enough,” And refuse to buy food products made with high fructose corn syrup and other poisons that are responsible for the obesity epidemic and declining health in our country.
We would demand that the FDA and USDA stop bending to the wants and whims of the industries they’re supposed to regulate and start doing their job of protecting the American people.
If we were brave we would stop supporting companies whose practices are unethical, refusing to buy their products until they change or just let them go out of business and let them be replaced with honest, moral, ethical businesses who will provide value and treat their customers and employees fairly.
If we were truly brave we’d take back our country and put a stop to financial waste at every level of government.
We’d put an end to multi-generational welfare and put able bodied people to work. We would take back our cities, put criminals in jail, and stop sending money to countries who are supporting the terrorists that are killing our troops.
If we were brave we would get off the sidelines, reclaim our power, become involved, and take back America.
I don’t know about you but I’m mad as heck and not going to take it anymore. The time has come for every one of us to do whatever she or he can to help restore the United States to the level of success and respect we once held.