Has America lost it way?

Edmond P. DeRousse February 7, 2019 at 8:01 pm

I do not use this blog as a forum for politics, but I am going to make an exception this time. I have to get several things off my chest. There are many things going on in today’s world I am struggling with. Sometimes I go to bed stewing.

I once identified as a hard-core liberal. But as I got older my beliefs have changed. Today, I lean more toward what is expressed as conservative thinking than to what I see expressed as liberal thinking.

The following words describe some of what I see as great challenges in America today. Some of these words were not openly expressed in my younger days. Some have always been around but my thoughts about them have changed

  1. Whining
  2. Entitlements
  3. Tolerance
  4. Transparency
  5. Religious freedom
  6. Political correctness
  7. Politics over people
  8. Socialism
  9. Personal wealth
  10. Patriotism
  11. Pro Life vs. Pro Choice
  12. Gun control
  13. Gender identification
  14. Undocumented aliens
  15. Health care
  16. Broadcast news sources
  17. Free education
  18. Responsibility

I have begun to believe America may have lost its way. Division among our people is prevalent today. Tolerance, though promoted widely as necessary, is not really practiced. Our country, once celebrated as the strongest in the world, is now chastised for being such. Our economy is thought by many to be one corrupted by greed, materialism, uncertainty, and false religion.

Do we live under a cloud? Is our life controlled by others? What we believe, what we do, what we say, how we act, and how we react: is it all determined by others? And by others, I mean government. If that is the case, are we totally unaware of it and would we deny it even if we believed it to be fact?

What is the condition of our country? I believe we are farther from the answer to that question today than sixty years ago when I was a youth. A decision about the direction in which our country is headed needs to be made. To continue pushing our troubles down the proverbial road is no longer an option. But, of course, that cannot be done without understanding what brought us to this place. And we, as a nation, cannot seem to agree on that. Some of us don’t even seem to care.

I often wonder if people give actual thought to what they support. Or do they support the ideas of those they idolize (Hollywood stars, politicians, etc.)?  We pay Hollywood to entertain us and we pay politicians to represent us. Both groups, apparently, tell us what to think and deem those who do not think their way are unintelligent.

Choice and consequence: these are the words, I believe, which will determine our future.

Our Constitution gives us the freedom to make choices. What happens to us as a nation is a direct result of the choices we make.  Every American is responsible for their own choice. Therefore, we have control over our own consequences.

I believe it comes down to those two words; choice & consequence. It is God who gave us the ability to choose. Fittingly, we all face the consequences of our choices. Still, I refuse to believe that we will not be led back by the hand of God.

As I see it, we each have three choices to make.

  1. We can do nothing, ignore it all, and hope it goes away.
  2. We can run away and hide.
  3. We can take a stand and fight.

The first two are easy but solves nothing and provides no legitimate right to complain.  The third is very difficult and will result in personal gain or personal loss.

We have been given the tools. It is our choice as a nation to use them or not.  Ultimately it is up to each of us, as individual Americans, to not lose our way.

All of my published work consists of humorous and relatable words. I use my words to make positive impacts. Sure, life can be a challenge and hard work. But long-lasting good things and security come as a result.

I am thankful to live in this country. It has provided me with a great deal of opportunities. I would, as well, like those coming up behind me to have the opportunities to participate in a good life.

My wish is that people would think more about consequences before spouting off and follow blindly.

I’ll step down off my soap box…… At least for now.

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