We are told that the upcoming election is the most important in our history. The future of America hangs in the balance. As if the politicians are the ones determining the country’s direction. I’m not so sure about that. What I am sure of is that, FOR THE POLITICIANS, this IS the most important election in their political careers.
While the upcoming election matters, it may not matter all that much. Since 1952 the Executive branch has had more Republicans than Democrats. Congress has been more Democrat than Republican, although in recent years the Republicans have gained ground. (And has it really made much difference?). Since the 50’s the Supreme Court has become decidedly more conservative. (And, again has it really made much difference?)
News flash, POLITICIANS ARE NOT GOING TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, or bring hope and change or establish a more civil discourse or solve the racial divide or cool down the planet. Our government still represents we the people. You may not feel like they represent you or your political party or just you and your Facebook friends. But ultimately, we still have a government of the people and by the people. It just may not be FOR the people. But whose fault is that? WE ARE THE PROBLEM...WE ARE THE PEOPLE.
The breakdown did not happen overnight. It took time, a generation or two at least. It took time for a people to put being rich ahead of being honest. To make being popular or famous more important than being honorable. To pursue personal freedom and happiness at the expense of duty and responsibility. To choose the present over the future. Appearance over substance. And, in the end, feelings over truth. Plant these seeds, or just allow these seeds to be planted, and they will grow. Provide fertile soil and a bit of fertilizer and they will grow faster and become larger.
It’s not complicated. When families start breaking down, when schools no longer educate and churches become just another form of entertainment or civic organization; the hard lessons that must be learned are no longer taught. We don’t know what we don’t know. And what we do know is either wrong or incomplete or we simply do not care.
The next election will be a reflection of who we have become. And either way, it will not do much to change the course of this nation. We lost our way long ago.
A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."
--President Dwight D. Eisenhower