WE The People
An attitude of cynicism toward elected officials pervades our nation. Politicians often promise a better future: a new program, a revamped program, lower taxes, better healthcare, better schools, new roads, and something for everyone. But when our politicians get caught doing something unethical, they consult their publicists, attorneys, party leaders—and at some point before the dam of public opinion spills onto their chances of not getting re-elected—the guilty official denies any wrongdoing or makes a weak excuse or perhaps a tearful apology. And then the murmurs begin. Together we decide we voted for the candidate who lied the best, which in turn ignites the attitude of pessimism not only toward the officials, but toward our country and its future.
We believe rules apply to everybody. And we believe politicians cannot produce legislation and then exclude themselves from the application and enforcement of those laws. However, do these political figures govern within the walls of our home?
Do we consent to “it’s-not-wrong-unless-you-get-caught defiance” by our husbands, our children, our colleagues, our friends?
The answer should be no; yet, our eyes are focused on what’s being done or what’s not being done by officials when in reality, we hold the keys to the land of opportunity. If we take a long look back, as Kirk Cameron did with the film Monumental, “there’s no question the tiny band of religious outcasts, also known as the Pilgrims, who founded this country, hit upon a formula for success that went way beyond what they could have imagined,” says Cameron. “How else can you explain the fact they established a nation that became the best example of civil, economic, and religious liberty the world has ever known?”
In the film he questioned, “What formula did they discover? What motivated them to come here in the first place? More importantly, how can we apply these same foundational truths today?”
Cameron discovered The National Monument to the Forefathers in Plymouth, Massachusetts which illustrates the Matrix of Liberty; and the values and priorities it represents. This is the real legacy of the Pilgrims; however, no one celebrates this. What would happen if we would celebrate this? Would we the people flourish and regain the monumental status lost with modernity? Will the pillars of this National Monument provide the legitimate steps toward the much-needed strategy for people, for families, for our nation? Perhaps.
Pillars of Faith, Morality, Law, Education, Liberty. All point to God. All point to Jesus Christ. All point to the Bible. So what if our nation doesn’t care about the Matrix of Liberty and prefers to indulge in the love of complacency?
Forbes says complacency derails your career. I say it derails our families, which eventually derails our nation. And although Americans need to view their livelihoods as creative challenges, do we prepare ourselves to retrain and adapt to all social issues in the name of what?
Let’s talk about the crossing the border issue.
The ability to “speak the same language” of other people (literally and figuratively) is critical today. A point made in the 1958 novel The Ugly American where Americans have an annoying habit of talking slower and louder to make themselves understood when foreigners cannot understand their English or their diction. Instead of learning some basic phrases and vocabulary in a foreign language, many Americans have a tendency to treat immigrants as though they are stupid and deaf. Why? Yet, on the other hand, many European countries begin foreign language training as soon as children enter public schools. Arguably, we are one of the most generous and magnanimous people on Earth; however, we sometimes come across like boors. Do we adjust? Do we changeround? I say yes.
Same topic, different state of affair. Diseases are among us. Surely there are vaccines to protect our health; yet, with immigrants crossing our border at high-speed levels are we truly safe? For the new mom with a nine-month old on her way to the hospital, will she be forced to make the crucial decision of driving 20 more miles to the next hospital now that she’s aware immigrant children, who just arrived to the United States, without vaccines, are being monitored at her neighborhood facility? Do we adjust? Do we changeround? This time, I don’t have an answer.
What I do know, no one is going to change the nation if they stand still. So who’s doing it right?
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