Dear America

Dear America,

I shall preface this piece by acknowledging that I hold no political affiliation. However, as a citizen of these United States, I do hold an opinion.

When I look at the current political sphere I cannot help but feel ashamed and concerned.

For the past few weeks since President Obama was re-elected, I have read countless stories from both the left and the right labeling President Obama everything from a savior to a socialist.

With the majority of the nation’s attention set on the political system and its cast of characters, it occurred to me that a greater problem exists.

The problems we all face together are more of a result of our own undoing than they are of past administrations. After all, as Americans, we must recognize that we are not the product of a failed government, but rather, our failed government is a product of us.

We support these politicians. We trust in these politicians. And, we promote their continued failure each and every time we re-elect these politicians. Now, this is not to say all politicians are failures, which would be grossly inaccurate. But, like in anything else, party or team related, I judge success by the final product and the final product has to this point been unsatisfactory.

What the average citizen doesn’t understand is that whether you are a democrat or a republican, in order to succeed in effective government, you must work together and thus, succeed together.

There is no individual victory. Our presidents, past and present, may have had great ideologies, great knowledge and great wisdom. But, all of that would have gone for not if they had not possessed great leadership.

Imagine for a moment the political process when the runner up in a presidential election became vice president.

In our current political environment, that would be an abject disaster and that is how I know that the problems lie within our nation, not our government.

In broad terms, our nation lacks the raw fortitude to see the job done, to work without prejudice and a self-serving agenda, the way our founding fathers, our grandfathers and our fathers did.

Before I sat down to write this piece, I thumbed through some of my old history books. I clicked through online news archives. I even asked a Korean War vet, Anthony Vince, whom I met on the train this week.

“Back then, they put you over there, and you fought for your life and the guys you were with. It’s as simple as that,” Vince said.

“You weren’t worried about what they were thinking at home; you were worried about when your next meal was coming and freezing your ass off.”

What Mr. Vince was getting at was the feeling of desperation. And, not just desperation, but how you handled it when you were faced with it.

Today, there seems to be this feeling of entitlement and not the sort of entitlement that the Bill of Rights ensures. Rather, a self-serving, Uncle Sam said so, form of entitlement.

Everybody seems to think that because we are America, that we no longer have to get our hands bloody. Well, that just isn’t so. You make your own future, if you want to have the same opportunities as others; you have to fight for it. You have to earn it.

Consult a history book and you will see that in the face of tyranny our founding fathers fought and died for the very freedom that we have today. They had the toughness and the grit to see the job done.

During the civil war, those enslaved African Americans had the fortitude and the conviction to free themselves from their owners. It did not come easy and it surely wasn’t an overnight victory. They fought and died for their freedom and they forever changed humanity because of their strength.

Read newspaper clippings from the real great depression. You’ll see stories of men working 80 hours per week, for no wages, just to give their families a chance. They had no guarantees, no entitlement.

These men did not just wait for President Roosevelt to bail them out. While it is certain that government action was forthcoming and necessary for the longevity of the nation, what mattered to these people was their immediate survival and that of their families.

Strangers worked together. They lived in hand-built huts in fields outside of nearby cities, sometimes four families to a hut.

The point is, they relied on their inner-strength and earned their every minute of life.

During Title 9, women fought because they were not being given equal treatment. Not because they thought it was a trendy cause. They didn’t just create a Facebook page about voting, they had to endure exceptional hardship before finally breaking through the barriers.

Look then at the men who fought and died in the Vietnam conflict. These men had to fight in a war that was universally recognized as unjust. Yet, they were there, fighting beside their fellow man. Fighting for their lives, for the lives of the strangers fighting just beside them.

Now, I come back to present time and I look at the headlines and all I see is whining and words with no action.

I see a society so wrapped up in being politically correct and passive aggressive that I don’t think the typical citizen even comprehends what they individually stand for any longer.

It seems as though Americans today are fixated on discovering reasons to become offended, rather than changing what it is that they find so offensive.

Recent generations of Americans simply hunt for excuses not to get dirty. I suppose it is just far easier to antagonize and find reasons to quit than it is to forge your own path.

Americans, if you want to see changes to your situation, to your country, you must fight and earn them like those who came before you did.

You cannot focus your time celebrating your party’s victory. Because, hey, it wasn’t a victory, it was an elected position, an elected duty to serve the betterment of these United States.

Likewise, those of you ranting against our president, complaining of taxation and flaunting irrational pontifications of Marxism and other ridiculous inaccuracies, you too are missing the message.

It isn’t them versus us; it’s us versus us.

The sooner we as a nation overcome our selfish sense of entitlement and recognize that we are responsible for our own actions, the sooner we as a nation can rebuild our once glorious America.


Your Editor

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Romney debate

President Barak Obama and Republican presidential nominee in Denver Wednesday night at the first Presidential Debate. Photo courtesy of the AP.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie expressed confidence Sunday that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is not out of the race.

Appearing on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” Republican Gov. Christie weighed in on Romney’s currently depressed polling figures and what the American public can expect from the candidate in Wednesday’s first presidential debate.

“Wednesday night is the restart of this campaign,” Christie said.

According to recent polls by Gallup Inc., President Obama’s approval rating and voter support both reached 50 percent, while Mitt Romney has just 44 percent of voter support. Christie said this is only temporary. “On Wednesday night Mitt Romney is going to be standing on the same stage as the president of the United States. And I am telling you, come Thursday morning the entire narrative of this race is going to change.”

Romney’s setbacks have been attributed to the issue of his income tax releases, and on leaked comments in which he said he is unconcerned with the 47 percent of Americans that rely on federal support.

Romney has also been criticized for a lack of detail regarding his plan to improve the nation’s economy.

On the “47 percent” issue Gov. Christie said,“We certainly don’t want to judge people by one inartful comment…Here’s what he believes—he believes that every American should have the opportunity for greatness.”

He said Romney will lay out a detailed economic plan in the debate, while accusing President Obama of being slow in providing specifics on his own economic agenda. Christie said Obama is trying to “run out the clock with platitudes” between now and Election Day.

Christie said, “We are still waiting to hear what he thinks about Simpson-Bowles (fiscal commission) which he commissioned.”

Also appearing on the show was David Plouff, senior White House advisor and Obama campaign strategist. He said Gov. Christie’s prediction of an immediate post-debate turnaround in Romney’s polling numbers has “set the bar quite high.”

He did agree with Christie that Obama’s current lead in the polling surveys will likely narrow, and the race will tighten, but he did not concede that Romney will win the presidency in November.

Pointing to early balloting in a number of states starting next week, Plouff said, “We think we’ve got the numbers to win an election.”