My friends, it has become blantantly apparent, more than ever before, the direction this nation is heading in. The amount of discontent and discourse in this nation is appalling. Are we to sit down and do nothing? Are we to watch as lawmakers and business men control our lives and ignore us as if we are nothing?
No. This is not what our forefathers felt when they enacted The Declaration of Independence. No, this is not what they had in mind when our Constitution was written. Our forefathers wanted more, they believed in more, and we should too. It is our right, as citizens of the United States, to speak up when we feel we are not being listened to. Lied to. Ignored and belittled. This is why I have decided to put forth my own writings, reminiscent of what our forefathers would have written and done. This project: The United Socialist Act.
This banner should represent all too familiar, the struggle of our working class. The struggle of the average American citizen. It should speak volumes for what we fought for, in our independence from Imperial rule. Today, we are nearly no different. The taxation without representation clause has more than ever, become apparent. As before, we had no say under foreign rule, and now, under our own government that has continuously demonstrated its desire to breed and embrace corruption over the people, today we are in the same type of situation. A situation that speaks to the American people that you must pay your taxes, you must obey our laws, but your vote may not be counted. That behind the scenes, your vote is tallied differently than what you’ve submitted. This, frankly, is wrong.
The only thing we can do, that we must do, is march. March and demonstrate to these select few. These, aristocratic tyrants that want more and more until they are stuffed. And still, pressure the ordinary worker for more, to feed their budgets.
This should infuriate the average American. Indeed, as I say these words, I am infuriated, but not at country. Not at our forefathers, not at the system. But rather, those that are in charge. Those that once every two, or four years, those that make it seem they are in office for our interests, and more often than not, fail to represent the views of their people. On a town, city, country, state, and federal level.
Our forefathers would be sick to see what has happened to this country they founded. There are veterans out there, veterans of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam that are perplexed as to what has happened to this great nation. Citizens that are subjected to yellow journalism on a constant basis. Media which spews toxic rhetoric which forces the intelligent American to get their news from foreign sources. How can we live in a country, and expect to be living in a fair society, when day after day the media, owned by corporate bureaucrats preaches slanted and biased news to the masses? The answer, which should seem obvious, is that you can’t. Yet, this is exactly what has been happening in the nation. Continued badgering to keep us aligned politically, between Democrats & Republicans, while shutting out politically, all other parties which exist as being, too extreme. One party may be too left, that they are slandered on and called Communistic, which is what the schools have indoctrinated the populace with. Another party, might be considered too right, bordering on Nazisum, in which case the comparisons to Nazi Ideology awaken and come forth. Thus, these views are outright slandered and badgered by a media who wants to keep the current quarrel intact. And why shouldn’t they? Let’s take a look who owns this media. Who owns the corporations. It’s simple really, the bureaucrat. The owner of the media organization, who might I add, also is more than likely receiving tons of dollars from politicians who want a certain message displayed for the public to see. A certain image of a story, and no, I am not talking about political commercials or advertising. I refer more towards our daily news. In fact, it is likely that these big business man and woman also have a hand in our political system, delegates wise. Either physically or monetarily.
This country is tearing itself apart. All the while, the higher ups reap the benefits. True, there will always be discontent amongst the people. Some, not all. But when 3/5ths of the nation is fed up with the style of our government and the direction of our nation it is time for a change.
We are considered the laughing stock of this world. While we may be one of the richest countries in the world, our debt is sky high. Our educational scores have decreased nearly every year for the past 15 years. Violence in the form of racism and political gain has only increased since the 1970s. The nation has become more divided over time, as exemplified during our nations elections. Our elected members are potentially by products of possible tampered polls. We’ve wasted millions and millions of dollars on a failed drug war. Immigration has become a bigger problem than we ever thought it would. The federal minimum wage hasn’t been raised in over a decade, while the cost of living has increased. The right to bear arms is now in question. Woman looked at as not worth their weight even if they do the same job a man does. Veterans are returning home and not recieving the help they need. We’ve succeeded in creating a health care system, that seeks to fine those that refuse the choice of government sponsored and corporate sponsored healthcare. Giant corporations are outsourcing jobs and skirting our tax system, and getting away with it!
With all these problems, it may seem that our whole political system needs to be replaced. Let me be clear, when I say this is far from the case. Further, it is the corporations and their constant dabbling in our political system, that needs to be corrected. Corporate buyouts and political corruption plague the system, and have in effect, aimed to warp our system to the point where it has become nearly broken.
But when is enough enough? When do we, as Americans, fight back? We do we begin to unify ourselves, and fight the divisions brought before us? When do we stand up and say no? I fear that we cannot wait any longer, for the downward spiral of our nation has only accelerated. We see it today. Delegation which throws its weight behind a candidate who has questionable acts under her belt. All to favor her because she has the connections necessary to run her campaign. News outlets, cronies in Washington, and even political allies who try to push agenda to sway public opinion. This year’s nominees have created a joke and mocked the system, whether they have wanted to or not.
The same can be said for the opposition. A slew of candidates reeking of the stench of capitalist greed. Men who all preach to the masses what people want to hear, change, yet that change will likely do more harm than good. Change they promise, which will continue to bring our nation further down the ladder towards revolution, civil war, or worse. Bigotry and hatred spread like wild fire to a society intellectually starved and ignored.
So what is an intelligent citizen to do? As stated before, our forefathers would see our current predicament deplorable. And justly so. When those that govern and hold power, no longer speak for the will of the people, it’s time to take action. It’s time to voice our opinions. It’s time to make ourselves heard. That is what the purpose of this is. We should not, shall not, and will not be silenced!
It is way easier said than done. Every step of the way, these upper class gloats will block every attempt against them. It will start subtly, with talk, hate speech, words to sway public opinion. They’ll use the media. As the amount of voices that cry out however increase, they will resort to more extreme methods. Violence in terms of their militia, kidnappings, and ultimately killings of those whom they consider too dangerous. These are the people in power, and like any power struggle, they won’t let go of their power so easily. Which is why the determination necessary for making ourselves heard must be never ending. Must be greater than their resolve to shut us up, to silence us.
We must not hide who we are. We are Americans. We are the voters, each and every one of us makes a difference. We must never forget this. A much worse fate awaits all who sit and do nothing. That is the worst injustice, to do nothing while we slowly sacrifice the futures of our children and their children. This country was founded on the premise that if you become an American citizen and work hard, you should be able to live your life as you want to. Without infringement, without persecution.
We need to stand together. To rise up and say, we want our voices to be heard. We the people. We can only bring this country back on track together.
I refuse to stay silent, do you?