America! America! Where have You Gone?

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The American people no longer know the history of the creation of the United States of America.  The various purposes for creating the colonies ranged from religious to penal.  The citizens of the colonies were of different nationalities. However, England was the catalyst which created America by providing citizens, laws, security, and a wealth of knowledge from which our forefathers could draw.  It is this same mother country, who provided so much, that would eventually ignore its citizens rights under law and tradition that would force the Declaration of Independence.

Today, we don’t teach our students, children, adolescents, college or adult meaningful history because of  political correctness, multiculturalism, or it just is ‘t  convenient.  Since history and government  or civics go together we need to put much more emphasis on the value of being a  participating citizen.  Our youth know more about jail house lawyers and Miranda than what made us who we are.

The states today have tried to be all things to all people. That of course is what we the people wanted,  and we are now having to pay the bills.  Our national government is no better because it is reflective of we are.  Our politicians in our state capitols and in Washington are also representative our of history and government taught since World War 2. None of the current elected nor potential elected presidential candidates can be called statesmanlike. They have no sense of history.

The word Democracy is thrown around like some cape that will save the day.  It is a political process just like any other with its faults and imperfections. The people are its own worst enemy, but it could be its saviour. We have forgotten that we live in a Democratic Republic and ultimately our representatives should be held accountable, but are they NO!  Though our nation is too large for a pure Republic we need to review the roles and duties of what it means to live in a Republic to better deal with the cronyism, bias, and downright dishonesty of our elected officials  It was Madison’s hope and belief that the National Government would be able to manage the factions and limit the damage that could be caused by unrestrained Democracy. The Republic would be the instrument to control prejudice, religious fervor, and those elements parochial to a state. The idea of the states being foremost was disturbing to Hamilton. States-Rights was and is a non starter it should not be a subject of discussion.

During the past decade, Congress has repeatedly demonstrated a precedent of deceit and blatant dishonesty which should have alerted the American public. But, this is not the case, if anything they have fed into it with their petty name calling, ethnocentric fear, religious zealotry, and general lack of knowledge of what makes us great.  We have fought a war in two diverse  countries with equally diverse cultures who are predominantly Islamic in faith.  And yet we have politicians who really have no clue as to the ultimate cost to our own men and women and to the cultures we impacted. The men in uniform understand. The frenzy of war has added to the  fears, and politics of today. Because the people have forgotten that they are the sovereign party in this Republic they have shirked their reponsibility to hold their representatives and senators accountable.

Today, a scandal is potentially brewing because Justice Clarence Thomas has questionable ethics. Those ethical questions concern a Mr. Crow, the us of property, and the receipt of money by Mrs. Thomas.  A sitting justice should be beyond reproach.   Again how many Americans are aware of the problem or even care.  How many house members care let alone know the historical or Constitutional ramifications.

We have elected officials who believe they know better than the electorate, in some cases they probably are right. But, I have problem when that same politician is willing to allow corporate america to dictate the voting on key issues in Congress. Since when does a Congressman owe his soul to the corporate world?  Since the voter has abdicated his responsible stewardship of the country. Both political parties Democrat and Republican are part of a design to limit damage and allow for stability within the concepts of the national government envisioned by Madison, Jay, and Hamilton.  Corporate America has essentially become so powerful that the institutions of government are handicapped by the politicians who only have one master business.  Do the politicians play to the public and the voter ? of course they do. They appeal to the petty fears and scapegoating tactics that will divert the voters attention from the important issues of the day.

The Democrats have looked at social issues as something that only money can solve.  The Republicans on the other hand need a social conscious. I wish that both were honest, but they are not.  It is time to reflect on the debt of the Nation, be honest about medicare and Social Security, and stop telling the public the world is ending.  The Republicans need to compromise by looking at those of wealth in a realistic manner and not in a vacuum.  Hedge Fund billionaires and millionaires don’t provide jobs to average Americans. Why can’t they pay taxes?  What about a true evaluation of the entitlements and a tax increase on those who make income beyond that which put Americans to work. Corporations need to be studied and evaluated on their profit vs work return ratio.

The Tea Party is a Republican proxy. Though many members are of many views and opinions the Tea Party was c0-opted, just look how the GOP has usurped the party.

It is time for a  new Progressive one that can pull the parties, factions, and political elements together; to form a compromise, to control big business, and begin to slow return to the vital elements of what a Republic is and what Madison, Hamilton and Jay envisioned.

America where have gone? You are still there, our citizens are just not being taught. Your history is flawed, but our children need it to know it. We do not need to teach American history or literature politically correct. We do not have teach that we are nine nations according to geographical location or that we multicultural. Our cultures have always been diverse, and we have assimilated.  We will grow as a nation as we have in the past, but we must educate our young on our history, our government, and the role of the Constitution, the Federalist Papers.  Madison, Hamilton and  Jay gave us foundations to build our nation.

We must always remember, We do not have a distinct culture, We are the people of  the United States Constitution.

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The New Progressive

America was created not as a traditional nation, but as a nation of fundamental beliefs.  It was our belief in man’s natural rights, the equality of all persons, and a strong belief in republicanism. These core beliefs are what make America the country she is.  James Madison was concerned and rightly so about the structure of a republic so large and diverse as ours would be. No other nation in the 1700’s or in the past had attempted such a feat.

The creation of a federal government,with so much power, seemed to be a threat to some, and yet it was thought to be to some the solution to the passions, special interests, and unjust actions of the states.  This is what the Federalist and Anti-Federalist debates were about. The Federalist Papers clearly define for us the role of government. It should be understood that originally there was apprehension if not fear of “Democracy” by Madison and a number of founding fathers.

Over the past 200 years and counting, We as a country and a people have been changing and and redefining who we are within the scope of our beginnings and in the idea of Federalism.

It is now the 21st Century, and time and history is changing quickly.  It appears however, that as a country we still maintain that nation of fundamental beliefs, that they are in danger of  of being swept aside. If our beliefs and our republicanism is somehow changed then we may face a slow demise  that is similar to the republics of the past.  A change is needed in our political processes that returns us toward the ideals of our founding fathers.

The New Progressive is not liberal. It is a process by which the elements of the Constitution  are discussed and debated within the merits of a proposed bill. The proposed bills should be for the good of the nation. There will be on occasion proposals by state for specific assistance and those need to be treated in the same manner. Compromise is the name of the game; it is about addressing the needs of the country.

The idea that “Republicanism and Democracy”  are one in the same is indisputable. However, the “Republicanism” of Madison and the Federalists could return us to a more representative form  of government. The individual American in the era of “Democracy” may be getting lost in the political process of party mechanics and special interest.

This is a process where Americans can look at the political parties, Democratic Party  or Republican Party and determine the role of the party in question and if it is meeting the needs of the people.  The guise of big government is your enemy is not the problem, it is “special interests” and the political parties themselves.  The American Voter, is a fickle lot who does not trust politicians, but does not vote regularly.  It is essential that the citizens of America vote.

The idea of dismantling the federal government goes against the concepts and and ideas that make this nation. This notion that the states some can better manage many of the agencies or programs is beyond scope. It is also important to remember that the Constitution is the Supreme Law of the Land, and our structure as a nation requires clearly defined roles spelled out for Republic to work. We are after all the United States of America.