“We the People”

Flower fireworks
Flower fireworks

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. 🙂

12 thoughts on ““We the People”

  1. Well spoken Heidi. Our thoughts run along the same thinking.

    Responsibility is one of those freedoms that must be actively demonstrated or it quickly becomes a passive acceptance.

    The realization of just how many live through people and events that require no real commitment to building a foundation of stability.

    “What if” every citizen stood up, waved the flag and demanded nothing less of “themselves” than what our forefathers put into place.

    Yes, we live in a great country…but we are a crossroad that requires much active thinking and action.

    Knowledge is power…it’s there for all to get and use.

    May we all get personal with Independence Day, how it came to be and what we must do to keep it a freedom.

    Thanks for being a giver Heidi~

    Bea Kunz

  2. Heidi, what you have said and Bea has echoed are so true and since it’s all been said before, let me just nod in agreement and say… what can we do for our country? WE THE People, as you said need to make the changes we want to see in our country and our world.

    One of the reasons I have never run for any political office is because of our two party system. Neither party fully resonates with my own thoughts and beliefs.

    I think if we could abolish the party system we could begin to see real progress in America and maybe voting for the best person for the job wouldn’t be such a far-fetched idea.

    Wishing you a wonderful day of independence with your family and friends. We will be doing the usual stuff, backyard barbeque and all. And I always have a little history lesson for the family to add to our prayers of hope, peace on earth and love for humanity.

    Happy 4th… and then some,

    Heidi

    ps, thanks for sharing these amazing photos!

  3. I love your article and your lovely fireworks!

    “We the People” implies that it is us individuals who have the authority and responsibility to govern ourselves, and if we delegate any of that power to local or federal government, we are still responsible for its use.

    Being a good responsible citizen is work, make no mistake.

    “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” — Thomas Paine: The American Crisis, No. 4, 1777″

    Fortunately, it is not so hard as you might think to make a difference in your own political scene. There are so few people who actually get involved with politics, that it would be relatively easy to change things if you got a small number of people to act with you.

    Take caucus meetings for example. Aaron and I went to our caucus meeting a while back, and there were about 5 other people in the room that constituted our district. Had we brought 4 likeminded friends with us, we could have completely filled the state delegate seats and other offices being voted upon, amongst ourselves. So if you want the most political bang for your effort, go to your caucus meeting and bring a few friends with you. Unfortunately Aaron and I had not yet learned the importance of bringing support with us, so we didn’t get anything. But next time…state delegation here we come!

    Another barrier to good citizenship that We the People must overcome is our beholdenness to our jobs and paychecks. It’s challenging to be politically active when you’re so dang exhausted when you are done working that you just want to vegetate, or you are so scrimpted for money that it becomes all you think about. So therefore if you want to be a good citizen, it behooves you to become financially independent. In other words, money is not the deciding factor of whether you do something or not. Mostly this is a mindset, which you then follow through with your disciplined actions, including living within your means.

    Lastly, to be vigilant, these ideas must be constantly on our minds. I would say that the best way to make a difference in politics is to adopt the habits of good citizenship. For me, I find that it helps to attend my local FreeCapitalist study groups every week. Check out http://www.FreeCapitalist.com to see what that is. Not only do we study the great minds in politics, but also of personal success. Furthermore, the network of friends created in our study group serve as a support group to keep us on the right path.

    Mom thank you for your beautiful thoughts. I revere the founding fathers and am so grateful to live in the country they started, with the help of God. We citizens must do our part to ensure that our freedoms are preserved. Being a good citizen is in fact Doable. Start at the place where you can make a difference–start small, start local, and get your friends to help.

    I didn’t start this reply to be a plug for the FreeCapitalist Project, but I do believe that it has been a big influence in my life, to help me become a better citizen and person in general.

  4. Just to follow up on the above post, I don’t want it to seem like all you need to be influential is money and friends. What I meant to say was that we need to be independent ourselves if we want to have an independent country. We have to become people of the ilk of the founding fathers, who stand on our own feet and use our own brains and work with all our might and trust in the Almighty to guide us, if we want to have a country like the one they started. If we want a George Washington in office, we all need to be George Washingtons in our own lives.

  5. Heidi,

    Along with the celebration of our country’s birthday, it behooves us to consider all the privileges we hold as American citizens and the responsibilities we need to live up to. WE THE PEOPLE is a phrase that should resonate deeply within each of our hearts as it was not easy to come by and required blood spilled on many battlefields.

    Thank you so much for reminding us of the sacred trust we bear–here’s hoping we live up to it for the sake of future generations.

  6. Thanks for a wonderful example of super great blogging. The use of powerful pictures, thought provoking content and well time application on a holiday season. It is the kind of pure blogging genius that can only be produced by an inspirational baby boomer like yourself.

  7. Love your pics. Care to share what camera you used, the lens and settings?

  8. Bea, agreed knowledge is power. Along those terms maybe Jessica can explain more of how the caucus thing works. When you have groups of like minded people working together, things happen, provided they do more than just talk or complain. Find solutions and act on them.

    Jessica, you are welcome to explain more of the caucus thing. I believe individuals can make more of a difference on the local level. Groups can help, but don’t ever get in the rut on believing everything the groups leaders say. We are all human. Judge each idea, proposed change on its own merits. Being in debt is what makes people slaves to jobs, own business helps, just takes time to get from here to there.

    Heidi, great minds must think alike, so I’m not the only one who hates to belong to either of the 2 main political parties. But what would be a better solution? You know as long as we stay out of politics because neither party suits us, that is giving up our chance to make a difference there.

    Eileen, thanks for adding your thoughts. Beautiful words all. Rosie, thanks, I’d been neglecting my blog and need to add my thoughts more often.

    Kathie, those were taken 3 years ago. Hopefully with my Sigma, I’ll have to find my archives and then I can let you know. I used my tripod, got a good one from eBay. Remember being frustrated trying to change settings in the dark, did bring a small flashlight.

  9. WOW! Well said Heidi, I felt your passion jumping off the page!
    Our country, obviously differs in that we are part of the Commonwealth, and yet we too have very similar issues.

    I have in the past, worked closely supporting my [then] local government, writing articles on behalf of our local Federal member, who I believed, was worth supporting.

    Getting to know him ‘one-on-one’,I was always encouraged by his vision, and his willingness to ‘listen’ when anyone from within the community spoke-
    Relaying our messages through Parliament when he could and allowing people to share in any feedback!
    Great ‘communication’ skills neccessary & so too the need to encourage the people to get more involved, working together, ensuring their voices ARE heard!!

    Power to the people, RIGHT ON!

  10. For the first time in my life, I got the chance on this July 4th to visit Arlington National Cemetary. That’s where you truly discover what we call “independence.” To know that so many men and women gave their lives for our country makes me appreciate my freedom even more. As my mother used to say “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.” I choose to stand tall and proud and make a difference!

  11. Here here! Everything you stated is so true and I echo your voice. Our country is in ultimate decay, financially, physically, and morally, mostly due to our lackadaisical attitudes. The generations younger than the boomers don’t appreciate the price paid for our freedom. Everything has come too easily for them. However, it is our lack of knowledge and research that is going to make them bear the brunt of the impact.

    Thank you for a great article!

    I enjoyee the fireworks, too.

  12. Very well said, Heidi. I completely agree. As parents, also, we need to be aware of what our apathy is costing our children and grandchildren. Although we don’t belong to either major party, my husband and I have been to a couple of tea parties to protest the out of control spending of this Congress.

    I want to start my own party, called the Common Sense Party. Want to join?

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