Common sense goes with freedom
When I was in school many years ago I was taught the value of freedom. I would never suggest that we willingly give up the liberties so many have sacrificed to ensure we enjoy today. But along with those liberties there must be a modicum of responsibility and common sense. There also must be a measure of give and take. Unfortunately I see little of these things in today’s political climate, on either side of the aisle, and this worries me.
I often hear the intentions of our Founding Fathers thrown into arguments like adversarial gloves to the face of the opposing party. The truth is, our Founding Fathers were every bit as passionately opposed to one another as we are today. If not for cooler, wiser heads like Benjamin Franklin, who preached compromise, we would not have become the country we are today. We would have remained fragmented colonies probably still under the control of England or some other nation. Believe me, things could have been much, much worse than they are today.
So long as we refuse to work with one another we run the risk of annihilation, not from our enemies without but from our friends within. And as long as we continue to give so much power to the talking heads in the media, both right wing and left wing, there will be no progress. Like false messiahs they claim to be “for the people.” They are not. They are only for ratings and self-gratification. They exist only to keep tempers stirred up. If they were truly for the people they would put their power to use in more productive ways.
If we truly want a nation in the spirit of our Founding Fathers we will set aside our differences and work together for the good of the whole. There is no going back. We can only go forward. The question is, will we do what we need to do to keep this nation of individuals strong? Or will we continue to throw our tantrums and insist on always getting our way? In the end, what is most important to us?
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