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The Divided States of America

A discussion on the importance of this presidential election.

For far too long now we have been subjected to ad after ad depicting our two choices for president as evil or eloquent.  We have been asked to fight against each other, brother against brother...sister against sister all in the hopes of dividing the nation.  I am disheartened that it’s working.  I am a Christian, Conservative woman.  I don’t believe in abortion, redistribution of money or big government.  I believe that Christianity is under attack in our country, too many people are without jobs and on welfare and the state of our union is an utter mess.  I don’t believe that Obama created the entire mess, but I don’t believe his policies have helped us dig our way out of a recession that the economists keep telling us we aren’t in anymore.  Have you seen the cost of food?  Gas?  Clothes?  Did you get that pay increase this year? Last? The year before?

I tell you these things about me not to initiate a spark in the long political fuse that’s just waiting to explode;  rather to make a point with as little bias as humanely possible, but made with honesty.

This election is far bigger than lost or gained jobs, greater than the amount of people on government assistance of any and all kinds, larger than the Christians versus the Atheists’ or the Muslims versus the Christians.   It’s bigger than pro-choice or pro-life, far larger than the right to free contraceptives, greater than incomes and illegal immigrants, taxes and loop holes, middle class and minorities, Wall Street and Union big wigs.  Indeed ladies and gentlemen, my fellow Americans, Patriots, neighbors and friends...this election is about the integrity of Our United States.  Ours...yours and mine, his and hers, all of ours!

Often over the last four years, regardless of which “side” you’re on, you’ve been subjected to the word “Socialism.”  Does anyone really know what it means?  Webster’s Dictionary defines Socialism as:

1:  any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods.

To be fair, President Obama has clearly never called himself a socialist, so perhaps screaming socialism could be considered a scare tactic by the Right; instead, I will state that his policies of tax and redistribution are very reminiscent of socialism.  Currently, our nation is a Capitalistic nation.  Webster’s Dictionary defines Capitalism as the following:

1 : an economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods, by investments that are determined by private decision, and by prices, production, and the distribution of goods that are determined mainly by competition in a free market

So I ask you...are you a Socialist or a Capitalist?  This question is fundamental because I don’t believe everyone fully understands what their vote may mean come November.  I’m afraid that people will vote party lines or over small ideological ideas instead of the bigger picture and once your bet is placed and the dice is thrown it’s a done deal.

While 47% of the country may not pay taxes and 46 million people may be on food stamps, I have a hard time believing that most of those people wouldn’t want to prosper.  I’m sure there are some that have an entitlement mentality and enjoy the system. However, I believe there are many more that have humility on the system and are only waiting for a break to get out.  Do you want an opportunity to do better, make more, live larger?  Or do you want someone to dictate to you how your life needs to be lived?  Just look at New York and Mayor Bloomberg.  He has banned large soda and is currently locking up baby formula to force mothers to nurse. Do you still believe in the American dream?  Did you ever believe?  Or are you too envious of those that have already achieved, wanting theirs instead because it’s easier? 

There is a difference between equality and equally poor.  Everyone worries about the middle class, but with socialism...there are no classes. You may look at the things that government controls right now and think to yourself...it doesn’t affect me.  But what happens when it does?  What happens when the decision has been made and you no longer have a voice?  What happens when the government gets so big that your ideology gets lost in the new rules?  Who will you scream to when it’s against your will?  What affects others will eventually affect us all in one way or another. 

As Americans, we are at an impasse.  Which road do we travel?  The road of uncertainty beyond what we’ve seen overseas?  Or do we travel the road that has been paved for us so many years ago?  Have we forgotten those men that laid down their lives in pajamas and untied boots to secure our freedom?  Are we going to ignore the men and women today that carry on the fight to keep our original and amazing nation intact.  Are we so willing to let it go, forgetting those that have already done that deed and sacrificed so much? 

We once declared independence from an over-taxing, unfair and larger than life King. 

 

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.”

 There are no more continents to try again.  We must stay true to our founding.  Indeed my fellow Americans we must set aside our differences for the sake of our country.  This election is not a vote for any man.  It isn’t a vote to save abortion or a vote to demolish it.  It isn’t a vote to create more jobs or keep Medicare intact.  It isn’t whether the Unions will keep their bargaining rights or whether we become Right to Work states.  It isn’t Republicans against Democrats or Liberals, Right or Left wing conspiracies or who landed the best commercial spot this week.  I’m not suggesting some of these things are not important or that we shouldn’t be concerned about their outcomes.  I am merely suggesting there is something bigger to be considered first. 

Because if we fail to recognize it...if we choose to turn our heads and hope it doesn't happen...all of those other things won’t matter.  This is a vote for the foundation of our country.  It's a vote for your voice and mine.  Vote your conscience not your conviction to any particular party.

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Bonnie October 15, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Just read your essay today. You are one smart young woman! I totally agree and have shared this essay on FB. I wish more people would look at the whole picture like you have done.
Karen Blaisdell October 15, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Sharon, I understand your frustration. Perhaps, however, Romney is just that passionate about this country and believes his ideas can make the difference this country so desperately needs. Interestingly, George Washington was offered $25,000 for his annual income to be President; a handsome sum especially in those times, but he declined saying he was wealthy enough. The men in Congress insisted, fearing that only wealthy men would be suitable for the office if he set that precedent, I wonder how many were only worried they would be expected to do the same? Did you know that Governor Romney does not want a paycheck if he serves as President? He says he is wealthy enough. Perhaps he is George Washington reincarnate...one can only hope!
Karen Blaisdell October 15, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Master Chief RET My only appropriate response is to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for your service! Sincerely,
Karen Blaisdell October 15, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Bonnie, Thank you so much for your response and for sharing. The only way for people to look at it from a different perspective is to give them one and hope they see it before Nov. 6th so I appreciate you spreading the word! Sincerely,
The Dutchess of Royal Oak November 02, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Master Chief of Jingoism!

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