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Can America Afford Politics As Usual Any Longer?

With the upcoming presidential election a little over a year away, it seems clear that this election will be no different from any other election in recent memory. The media blitz, the posturing, the stately suits and thoughtful debates between the candidates promising that if they are in charge things will be different and better. When was the last time they actually made things better? How much credit do they deserve for the things that the American people accomplish? How much blame can we place on them for not getting anything done when the American desire for instant gratification has forced them into a constant series of fundraisers to afford the TV time needed to stay in office?

It has become a vicious cycle of more money buying more influence and fewer politicians being able to avoid the lure of the lobbyists. How can America break out of this downward spiral? We have to begin by not voting for the people with the slick ad campaigns and no real record of working for the interests of average Americans.

When nearly every bill passed through Congress has earmarks for big money interests, it becomes hard to trust that any politician has the interests of the majority of Americans at heart when they write the laws. Compromise has become less about idealism and more about political payback and payouts for the people who fund political campaigns. Lobbying in Washington DC has become a multi-billion dollar annual business. There are more lobbyists than politicians in the nation’s capitol and the problem grows more each year. The nation’s business is being sidetracked by big business and the small minority of Americans who control the vast majority of the wealth.

How can we fight such an entrenched enemy? We have to have the resolve to ignore the flash of engineered emotional campaigns and begin to vote based on the issues. Whether or not someone had sex with someone of the same gender or smoked pot in college is far less important than how they will vote on giving away our hard earned money to billionaires instead of funding the educational system that represents the future of our nation. We need to vote for leaders who are not afraid to go toe to toe with those who would sell out our future for short term profits. We need leaders who will commit in writing to put limits on soft money and lobbying that will put the interests of the majority ahead of the interests of the wealthy minority.

It seems today that the only hope for American politicians working for the American people is an end to the two-party system. We need to open the field to qualified people who aren’t beholden to corporate interests and who won’t vote one way or another just because their party tells them to do so. Now is the time for the Independents to rise to the top and bring politics back to the people. All it takes for them to win is for people to stop accepting that we must choose between the Democrats and Republicans. We have the freedom to choose anyone we feel is qualified for the job even if we have to write their name on the ballot. It’s time we stopped being blind automatons on Election Day. We need to stop casting knee-jerk votes and start making informed choices about our future.

Troy Wilson-Ripsom - Staff Writer | E-mail Comments on this article.

One America

One America is a vision of the future that I invite you to consider. One America means that we stop asking: “What kind of American are you?” One America is a place where race, lifestyle, ideological leanings and religion don’t matter in the definition of the American citizenry. We are not African Americans or Mexican Americans or White Americans. We are not Christian Americans or Jewish Americans or Muslim Americans. We are not Gay Americans or Straight Americans. We are not Conservatives or Liberals. We are all just Americans.

The future of our nation depends on the unity of our people. We have spent the last few years tearing ourselves apart over race, religion and divisive issues while our nation has fallen apart around us. There are more working poor in America now than ever before. The government posts unemployment numbers and says how good we have it while not counting the people that have been unemployed so long that they no longer qualify for benefits or the working poor who don’t make enough to pay the bills but have jobs because they are at least trying to work. There are more people struggling to pay for health care in America than at any time in recent history. The time for change is now and that requires new leadership. The politics of greed and division need to be put aside in favor of real leadership for change. The divisions between the haves and the have-nots has grown to the point where realistic hopes for achieving the American dream are beyond the grasp of most people and are becoming further and further out of reach for the poorest of Americans on a daily basis. The days of rags to riches in America are fading quickly and with them the hope of working Americans.

We The People of these United States of America have allowed ourselves to become distracted by the politics of division and have lost sight of the common good of the citizens of this nation. We have become embroiled in debates about issues that don’t really impact us to the degree that other more important issues do. While we have been arguing about who is allowed to marry whom and whether a zygote is a person, we have allowed the leaders of this nation to sell out our futures by protecting things like outsourcing and by inaction enabling illegal immigration to continue basically uncheckesd in the financial interests of their donors who will never have to worry about their children’s education or healthcare for a family member. These people being so dutifully protected by the politicians have and will always have the means to provide for themselves because they have more money than they will ever possibly need in their lifetimes. What about those of us who live paycheck to paycheck or worse yet get a little further behind each paycheck until we lose our homes to foreclosure and all of our other assets to bankruptcy court decisions? Who is protecting our best interests? How does improving corporate profits benefit average Americans if they don't see any of the money and lose their jobs in the process?

Now is the time for the people of America to come together and demand change. We must come first in the actions of our leaders. The majority must be the focus and the wealthy minority must be put into the proper perspective. They are the minority but they exert the majority of the control over the policies of our nation. There is no justice in that. Nor is there wisdom in the disconnected elite making policies for the people that work to provide for the care and defense of the populace of our nation. This elitist hierarchy must be broken down before the majority become so marginalized that we no longer have any voice. We are closer to that point today than you may think. Voting machines are controlled by corporate interests who have an agenda of their own and that might not be in the best interests of the people. Only by the will of the politicians do we still have the option to use a paper ballot that can be tracked for accuracy. Politicians could vote tomorrow to remove paper from the process entirely if they chose to do so.

We must come together as a people and find a way to change our society before it’s too late. When our government spends billions of dollars on a monthly basis on war but cannot afford to help Hurricane Katrina victims rebuild their homes or adequately educate our children to face the challenges of an increasingly science and math based economy, we have failed to keep our priorities straight as a nation. When our war veterans return home to broken down hospitals and months long waiting lines for mental health care for post traumatic stress, we have failed to keep our priorities straight. When we put the needs of illegal immigrants ahead of lawful citizens of our nation, we have failed to keep our priorities straight. When big business is allowed to send our jobs overseas so they can make higher profits and then pay their CEO’s millions of dollars in bonuses for those increased profits, we have failed to keep our priorities straight. Sometimes a society needs to look inward to find the source of their misery. We voted these people into office and then haven’t keep track of what they’ve done while in office. We were too busy working longer and spending less time with our families because the people we work for have all the power in government. With big business controlling government there are fewer and fewer laws to protect us from exploitation. We are losing the means to defend ourselves from this onslaught of greed and corruption and are not even crying foul because we’re not paying attention to what they are doing.

We must start paying attention before we don’t have any recourse. We have but one tool left to make a real impact. While our votes still count we need to make them count and become once again the United States instead of the Divided States we have of late become. We The People made this country great to begin with and We The People must step up once again to make it great anew. A nation divided cannot stand. When we have the vast majority of our citizens beholden to a very few with no accountability for those few, our nation becomes weaker overall. Strength and unity are synonymous and without one the other cannot last.
Troy Wilson-Ripsom - Staff Writer - Give your feedback on this article.



Get Involved

Do you sit and yell at the TV when politicians come on? Do you shake your head sadly whenever you see a homeless veteran? Is that all you tend to do?

It's time to put up or shut up America. We all love to talk about how we could do things better or how we would do it if we were in charge. Well, it's time to put your money where your mouth is. If you can think of it, you can write it down. If you can write it down, you can type it. If you can type it, you can e-mail it and if you can e-mail it, you can send it here.

We at Reform America are committed to giving voice to anyone who wants to put their ideas out there to make our nation a better place. As the readership grows, we are able to take those views to a wider and wider audience. Grassroots campaigns begin with voices speaking out. You have opinions. Voice them. We aren't about conservative or liberal. We aren't about pro-this or anti-that. We're about Americans and the First Amendment. Reform America is about politics by, for and of the people. You are the people. You only need to speak up. America is listening. Send your article to: stories@reform-america.net



Have You Been Downsized Due to Outsourcing?

For several years now we have listened to some within the business community tell us that America can't compete on a global scale unless they send our jobs overseas where they can be done cheaper. The question becomes, if we don't have good paying jobs here, how can we sustain our own economy? We want to hear from you. Have you lost your job? Have you been forced into a lower wage job due to outsourcing? Has outsourcing been a success for you? Did you end up in a better job?

Tell us your story so we can make sure the politicians see how outsourcing really impacts the workers who are backbone of America. Send your story to stories@reform-america.net

 

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