That’s right! We, all of us citizens are what makes the, still great, by the way, in my humble opinion, the United states of America the United States of America. If we weren’t still great, why would so many peoples be trying so hard to come here and be a part of us?
Have we forgotten how we came to be the United States of America?
A bit of history.
Originally, we were British subjects living in the Colonies of the British Empire. Did we forget that? King George III was on the throne at the time.
There were no Democrats or Republicans at the time. The political parties were the Whigs and the Tories and many of the colonists were definitely a part of those groups.
According to whigs.uk, “the Whig party was originally founded in 1678, at the start of Britain’s modern political history. The key principles of the Whigs were to defend the people against tyranny and to advance human progress.”
According to enotes.com,Inc., “the Tories were generally the party of the nobility. They were supporters of the monarchy, and tended to be wealthy rural landowners. They were staunch supporters of the Church of England and formed a High Church party within it, advocating traditional liturgy and fairly strict and narrow theological positions. They advocated close ties between church and state.”
And, I’m sure everyone has heard about the Boston Tea Party. According to history.com, “On this day, (December 16, 1773), a group of Massachusetts colonists disguised as Mohawk Indians board three British ships moored in Boston Harbor and dump 342 chests of tea, (valued today worth more than $700.000), into the water.
Parliament, outraged by the blatant destruction of British property, enacted the Coercive Acts, called the “Intolerable Acts” by the colonists in 1774. It closed Boston to merchant shipping, established formal British military rule in Massachusetts, made British officials immune to criminal prosecution in America, and required colonists to quarter British troops.
The colonists subsequently called the first Continental Congress to consider a united American resistance to the British.”
I guess my point is that we, as Americans have so many freedoms. We only got these freedoms as a result of putting up a very big fight with a very powerful country and we won. After which, we, the people, came together and formed “a more perfect union“.
I wonder now, how was it possible then for so many people that inhabited the colonies, all with their own personal agenda and opinion to reach a conclusion to unite all thirteen colonies?
I personally don’t believe human behaviors and traits have changed so much since our Constitution was created that there was no arguing going on amongst the different factions. After all, we’re human beings right? Different people have different opinions and everyone wants to believe that they have the right opinion.
I believe that the creators and signers of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were able to create this document because they were able to compromise and see that the end picture was what would be best for our country and not what would necessarily be best for them as individuals.
I look around at people in my own neighborhood and I watch their behavior towards one another. I hear my neighbors converse about their politics and most folks I see behave in a civilized manner towards each other.
In political conversations I overhear on the bus, people are not arguing and calling each other names because they disagree with the other’s opinion. I can hear most folks trying to calmly state their opinions to hopefully come to a non combative resolution to their discussion.
With my friends and even within my own family we have political discussions and no one wants to call anyone any names or get violent with one another because we do not agree with one another.
No one has to answer to me but just ask yourselves the following questions:
1. Why do you think it is that people who are supposed to be representing us and doing what is best for us are so unwilling to find compromise?
2. Why do you suppose it is that these same people want to have all of us fighting with each other?
3. Do you think these people who represent us are really there for us or are they really there for themselves?
4. Why have so many people stopped bothering to find out for themselves whether the propaganda they are told is true or not?
I don’t know about anyone else but when I hear some of the political rhetoric that is being told to us it makes me curious. I have never been the kind of person who just takes someone else’s word for anything. Ask anyone who knows me. I want to know for myself whether what is being said is true or not so I will go and investigate things for myself. I can not stand for someone to think that I can be so easily led and persuaded simply by what I am being told. My motto is “prove it!”
We, the people are the United States of America. We have a voice and we matter. Tuesday, November 6 is mid-term elections. If you are able to vote, use your voice and vote.
Thank you for reading.