Thoughts on Where America is Heading
I don't even want to make it very long. Just a short note about restoring America to its rightful place in the world and restoring faith in America providing that beacon for everybody else who might live somewhere else.
America needs to come home to itself. Like a child that has ventured out into the "real world", we need to find our bearings once in awhile, find out who we are as a people, and what our place in history means to us today.
Speechwriters cheapen words like freedom, liberty, reform, democracy. But these are real terms about real things! Let us never forget that.
Patriotism is ever so important to us in America. But it is a love, not right or wrong, but a love of what America means in a far more important sense. America is about empathy. America is about feeling the pain of the impoverished and reaching out to them! America is about a freedom and respect of ideas that may or may not be identical to your own but represent instead a diversity of views that makes this Nation's politics so exciting.
We have gotten off course in America. We have a leadership that uses doublespeak in dealing with problems. Dismantling of Social Security is called Social Security "reform". Legislation called "Clean Air" is about relaxing pollution control. Even the creation of news is now accepted with video news releases that come fully equipped with fake newscasters.
I really don't know how to fix everything.
I am but one blogger.
But we need to see through the mirages of our government policy to understand the underlying policies and motivations of this Administration. And we need to start thinking about where we want to be going.
I believe John Kerry is the leader we need in these times. He may or may not be the nominee in 2008. But I know that changes are called for. That America must once again become the land of the possible, where education is available for all, nobody need go to bed hungry or homeless, where children have access to healthcare, and where government is not viewed as a necessary evil but as a tool for all of us to move society towards an America that will once again be admired worldwide. Admired for opportunity and justice, for freedom and equality. For working with all nations and not inserting ourselves blindly into the affairs of others.
Wishing you a wonderful Easter Holiday!