A Nation of the People, by the People
By David Gray
Special to The Pilot
I vote as an independent and owe allegiance to neither party. Having said that, I have a problem with the current mantra-memorization and posturing of the Republican Party, along with those with a heart for the tea party.
The only reason I can see for this affront is the fact that the Republican Party lost the election and they’re using every means possible to see that Barack Obama will not be elected again, the status and condition of the country be damned. (Shame on them.)
I also count it an insult that the president is continually addressed as “Obama” and not as “President Obama.” The status of the office demands that some sense of civility be used when he is being praised or vilified. Common courtesy should be the rule whether it’s in the press or on the television. Sadly, we have become a rude and insensitive nation for the sake of sounding important.
Conservatives say that if small business owners are granted the elimination of government oversight, lower taxes, and freedom to keep workers in the “low-paid” status, everything will be fine. This is so far from correct it becomes ludicrous.
A sound bite on YouTube shows President Franklin D. Roosevelt declaring to the nation in 1936 that the Republicans were looking to destroy Social Security as it was passed and they were the ones to “fix it” so it would work. It is pretty funny and prophetic.
Nobody is currently mentioning the plan that was strongly promoted by President George W. Bush that all Social Security money should be invested in the Wall Street stock market. “We’ll all become millionaires,” was the cry. “It’s your money.” If we had “class warfare,” it would be between mega-millionaires and beggars.
God has given some the ability to be leaders and company owners and some to be workers. The two working together is what makes America great. If a businessman has become a “millionaire” by running a successful business, it was done with the work force he hired. They helped get him there.
Often their reward is a job shipped overseas because it “improves” the company’s bottom line. If debts are coming due because of a war that was started under the previous administration, is there reason to believe that all the costs are to be borne by those least able to pay it? What is the millionaires’ responsibility? Is it to continue to be “millionaires,” only more so? God forbid!
We are a nation “Of the People, By the People, and For the People.” If the Republicans and tea party activists are determined to take government out of our lives, my suggestion would be for them to take it upon themselves to create and do acts of kindness without the “government’s” help.
Create jobs without waiting for a “government program.” Assist local church and missionary outreach programs from the coffers of abundance within the above-mentioned parties. God and his position in the lives of the current presidential candidates has become a rallying cry within the party.
“I am a Christian who loves Jesus” is shouted loudly and often. How important is it to them when what is written is being ignored? How strong would the message be if this was done and those responsible were able to declare, “Look what we’ve done, and it was done without cost to you and without government’s help.”
That would put the rubber on the road and show that they mean what they say and can get things done. “We don’t need big government” is a nice cliché, but there is a cost to not having it.
We are our brothers’ keepers. With kindness and civility, we can regain the place God has for all of us. Can we move on and fix things to the benefit of everyone instead of bashing “Obama” and those greedy and lazy union workers?
I believe we can.
David Gray lives in Pinehurst.
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