America the Eroding

Posted: July 11, 2010 in freedom, Human Rights, Politics

I have been blessed throughout my life, traveling across this wonderful nation from coast to coast meeting American’s from every lifestyle in rural and city setting alike. The love for country is evident in the hearts of the many people who have engaged in conversations with me unmistakeably patriotic chasing their share of the American dream. The concept of what is America and the traditions we still keep and honor lends creditable weight that America is still strong and vibrant in the hearts and minds of the people who sacrifice daily to provide for their families needs. 

As one who cares deeply for people it pains me genuinely knowing that a new class of homeless families have been created during an engineered monetary and mortgage crisis, people no different than you and me once middleclass are now the new disenfranchised. It is easy to accuse them of living beyond their means and fault each of them for their current state of misery, but that would be immoral as that is the end result of something much greater that was perpetrated against each of us with the full complicity of the very people we entrusted to protect us.

There are very few in this country that have not felt the effects of this crisis and families have dissolved over it, destroying safe and loving environments for the children making them victims of corporate greed potentially fostering a new generation of troubled individuals in the millions who will fall through the cracks into a sub-culture of exploitation and death. Some will survive becoming stronger for the challenge and contribute to their communities, making their little piece of America better for their experience, others will not fare so well. 

The truth of the matter is we need each other; all of us like in nature are dependent on the labor of others to build our dreams and celebrate our traditions to keep America as the framers of the constitution had intended her to be, Strong and free from oppression. At every step in our lives, we need the permission of other to accomplish the dream we have the opportunity to create, but we need the labor of others to assist us in completing our individual dreams. 

We are no longer in it for ourselves, recent events have dictated that clearly and the “me generation” has come to a crashing and devastating end. Materialistic pursuits seem trivial when children are sleeping in parks, under bridges in ravines and any other dark place you may think of because corporate greed and the need to accumulate wealth at any expense, a crime with no one held responsible was allowed to run unchecked. The decimation of this voting bloc is another attack on the rights and freedoms of the American people who watch news delivered by comfortable millionaires with little concept of the true hardships that seem so conveniently forgotten. As we move from one crisis to another with no real direction on solving the problems there is a vacuum in national leadership at all levels crippling this country. 

“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom, all labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

I am neither a socialist nor a visible minority but his words have truth in them, we are only as strong as the person standing beside us and the time for each of us to wake up to this fact has come as none of us has been untouched by this national shame. 

The politicians are easy to blame for this mess, I too am guilty of it but the reality is each of us is to blame, we failed to act when Presidents without the approval of congress sent our sons, daughters, mothers and fathers off to war. We failed to listen to congressmen/women who were ridiculed in the press warning us of what was to come. We failed to act in the voting booth when our civil rights were attacked under the patriot act. We the people failed to act and demand accountability for the erosion of the economy and the untold billions paid to the very same people who created this national crisis. 

We the people have failed to protect the most important document of this country the Constitution of the United States of America, which has remedy in it for what is taking place at this very moment. 

We the people have failed to take note of the direction of America and left it to the incompetent professional politicians. 

It is We the People who are to blame for the Eroding of America and the values and traditions we so cherish. 

History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.
Martin Luther King, Jr.


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