This Is Not The America I Grew Up In

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“None are more hopelessly enslaved then those who falsely believe they are free” 

On this Veterans Day, in honoring our living and fallen heroes, I was brought back to my childhood as a little girl remembering the words of my Father who was a proud WWII Veteran, speak of how this was the greatest country on earth. But, in introspection – this is not the America I grew up in. Everyone knows it, but most choose to pretend. They pretend we are still a country where hard work will pay off, you can achieve the American Dream and that our children will have a better life than we did. We confuse government privileges with freedom, manipulated economically by a political system who uses its laws to diminish our rights, if not erase them, in deliberately fostering a dependent populous full of despair and hopelessness. We have given up essential liberties for temporary safety.

We tell our veterans that we support their service, but we leave most of our veterans floundering without the medical, mental or employment and housing opportunities they need and deserve.

Today, our nation is in disarray. Our Constitution has been trampled, our financial solvency is in question, our military is compromised, and the decline of the moral fabric of our society is in question. Our government has lost the trust of the people. Our courts do not uphold the Constitution and the American people are afraid for the future of their children.

We want the America we remember growing up in, and we know something is wrong. But It takes too much critical thinking to figure out what has led to a country falling apart around us. We have let our country fall down around us, because we believed the politicians who promised us a better standard of living. What we failed to realize, is funneling all our money to banks and the wealthy 1% will never benefit the average American no matter how much the government gets, it will always want more. The government bureaucracy has grown to a point where it is no longer worth what the tax payer is required to maintain it. We are spiraling into a feedback loop, where small businesses are failing because we can no longer support them, which means even more job loss and even less money. This triggers even more laws and more evolution into a police state as dissent grows. We need to quit blaming the other and join hands. Demand the police and politicians start working for us again, instead of against us.

This is not the America I grew up in, and unless politicians and the public wakes up, it never will be again. In today’s society the rights of an individual have been reduced to only what is perceived as necessary. We want to know that our country belongs to the people again; that the government acknowledges our individual rights; that fiscal responsibility is an absolute requirement. We want our presidents, politicians and judges to mean what they say when they take the oath of office… to uphold and defend the “Constitution of the United States!”

This is not the America I grew up in, but it can be even better, if WE THE PEOPLE;
Don’t hold back! Don’t be silent! And speak out!

Because if we don’t, the America our country’s fallen Veterans bravely fought and died for…will perish with them.

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