Independance Day! Love that word, independance. July 4th we celebrate the birthday of our country.
Fireworks, picnics, swimming, boats, sunburns, watermelon, barbeque, hamburgers. Good times with family and friends. We, the people of the United States are able to celebrate however we wish. A freedom we enjoy. Freedom we would love our kids and our grandkids to enjoy.
The thing is, we have to work at this freedom thing. Our independance was earned through much blood and tears on the part of our ancestors. They wanted us to be able to maintain this freedom. Our founding fathers took great care writing our constitution, checks and balances. Safeguards so a person or group of people did not have too much power.
Justice and liberty for all, no matter what color or gender, all (of age) can vote. Another hard fought battle.
Something we take for granted.
Things change. Not always for the good. We get lazy. Life gets busy. Rather than do our own research, it is much easier to pass on the emails our friends send us. Instead of looking at each individual who runs for office, another short cut is taken, and many vote along political party lines. Shame we can’t know each canidate on a personal level, if we did, making wise voting decisions would be much easier. Then there are those who vote based on gender, race, or even as one lady told me: “I voted for him because I’d rather see and hear that one on TV and radio the next four years.
Decisions are being made which not only have impact on us, but an even greater impact on our kids and grandkids. Right now our government is running up a great big bill which they will have the responsibility to pay back. Yes, things need to change, but consider the direction. How will that work out in the long term?
I’ve always hesitated to join either political party. One of my quirks. Wonder how life would change if we had more than 2 major parties? Yes I know there are other smaller parties, many believe you should never vote for them because they won’t win and your are just throwing away your vote. If we believe that (both the democrats and republicans want us to believe such), then it will become true. But what if we voted for the people, independant of whatever political party they belonged to, even the smaller 3rd parties? If everyone did that what would be the result?
I don’t think we should vote straight party lines on anything. People are people, good and bad on either side. Some care more for the people, others for the lobbyists and campaign supporters. Each new piece of legislation has its own pros and cons, shouldn’t that be the basis for our representative’s votes? not what their political party’s agenda? or whoever else is financing their campaigns. Elections become a big marketing event, lots of money involved. Without supporters contributions, it is hard to win.
I’d be the first to admit I’m not doing as much as I should. This past election I wasn’t thrilled with any of the presidental canidates. It hit me, how are those canidates chosen? Did I do anything towards helping others get those spots? Did I even have any idea of who else would have been a better choice? Just sitting back and waiting for such decisions to be made for me isn’t very independant is it? Sadly I’m not the only one.
We, the people of the United States, should not be lazy, should not give up rights to having a voice in our government. Yes, often we may not have a clue as to what is going on. Whose fault is that? Too many time we take the easy way out, let others make such decisions for us because it is easier than doing our own research. Cutting more corners. But we can’t escape the consequences of our actions. Consider what if everyone did this? How effective would it be?
Images by me. 🙂