Is there anyone of us who doesn’t see that Congress has become unresponsive, either by unfortunate happenstance or by strategic design? Regardless of how or why it happened, the people who operate Congress have failed the American people by using the red or blue cloaks we sewed for them to declare their side the only way forward and the other side evil. An on-going concerted effort to divide the country by pitting Americans against Americans in order to maintain control and enrich themselves and a consortium of donors. Enough of us believe that it’s only us versus them and that the solution is a stronger majority for our side to set things right. Not only do we tolerate it, we buy into the misguided concept that party labels transcend American values.
I’m here to tell you in the most grammatically incorrect way possible,
Y’all, it just ain’t so…
American values are the foundation of America. We each hold our heads high and call ourselves Americans because we believe in the values that we’re so eloquently stated in the Declaration of Independence and after fifteen years of debate in the Continental Congress enshrined in the US Constitution, and later made better with much needed amendments. This is where we find ourselves today. American values without American Champions to defend them.
We never asked the party affiliation of the nearly 3,000 Americans who died on this solemn day in 2001. “Let’s Roll”, was a rally for all Americans on Flight 93.
We haven’t wondered whether the thousands of soldiers who died fighting the war on terror were red or blue voters.
We don’t watch a professional sports event and hope the team with the most red or blue party members wins.
When 13 troops died in Afghanistan to rescue hundreds of Americans, no one said, we should rescue just the ones from the party that I associate with. Or, ever wondered about the way those fallen heroes voted.
A Twitter message from Mercedes Martinez struck me yesterday as an embodiment of American values that transcend parties, “Did my dad help you on September 11, 2001?”. An account of her Father’s ingenuity to get home that day and take seven new friends grounded in Omaha to their Denver homes.
Congress people from both parties have at some point declared their candidacy under a party label that claims to represent American values.
Americans go to the polls, either associated with a party label, or leaning one way or the other. Sometimes, not really knowing the reason why. Often clinging to one of two slightly different ideals for how the Federal Government should govern.
What are the differences? One party claims that all Americans deserve a government that will provide services to citizens and that government size simply reflects how much we care about our people. The other party claims that the government should be smaller, services limited to the most needy and that individuals should seek their own happiness with limited government interference.
Each party faithful hangs their hat on these two opposing messages that each claim to be the way to uphold American values hinged on the size of government.
Reality reveals that both messages have failed horribly, yet both parties continue to claim to be the only solution to govern America. A country with 43 million people living below the poverty line does not have a government that serves the people. The US Government is the largest in human history, so the message to limit government has become likewise the largest failure in human history.
Blaming the other side is the next step. Both sides say the other side is blocking progress. The left says the right is uncaring (to state it mildly) and doesn’t care about the people. Yet the government continues to grow larger, borrow more money and poverty continues to grow with the population and ungoverned immigration. The right says the left is dragging the government further left toward a model that has proven to be appealin