I am at a loss for words to describe the election we are about to have. We have a choice between despicable and deplorable and both are equally bad. My main fear is that whoever wins this race, they will end up acting like royalty. It took 240 years but we finally managed to forget what tyranny feels like. Well, we’re all going to get a refresher course in the value of liberty and the reason we have three equal parts to our government. The next president will be a tyrant because that’s what we want, apparently.
We, the people of the United States, are giving up every right we have ever earned by giving in to the temptation these two candidates represent. This is a race to see who can be the least most horrible candidate not the brilliant leader we need. In reality, no one with any amount of real character and values would ever put themselves through the election process anymore.We get candidates who are the dregs of a system corrupted by power brokers and the media. If you won’t sell your soul, you can’t get elected to any office higher than the local school board. When that happens, the democratic system breaks down and all of us suffer.
I doubt that anything I say will change the course of history but I’m going to try once more to express what most of us are feeling right now. The American Dream ain’t what it used to be so maybe we need to redefine what that means so that the next president will have some idea what we really want from our government. For most of us, the American Dream is pretty basic. We want to work at jobs we care about for companies who actually care about us as employees not numbers. We want a paycheck we can live on. One that makes the house payment and sends our kids to decent schools where the 3 R’s are still taught. We would prefer that our kids didn’t have to die in some primitive country, defending people who wouldn’t recognize freedom if they had it, just so those vets can pay for college when they come home from the next war. We’re all willing to die for our own freedom but stop asking us to die for others who never help themselves.
We want elected officials who recognize the eternal value of the Constitution and will make decisions based on the values of the majority of Americans. That is the way the system was designed because minority rule is just a euphemism for tyranny. We want a government that gives us opportunities not oppression. We all know what it takes to succeed so please get out of our way while we try. We also want a level playing field where the rules are the same for all and no one can purchase favoritism. Let the best ideas win no matter who comes up with them. Let those who try the hardest, work the smartest and earn their rewards get what they deserve and let’s honor their tenacity, not punish their success. And let’s have a tax code that makes sense to everybody, not just accountants.
We also want to live in a country where no one has to fear the possibility of bankruptcy caused by medical expenses.We shouldn’t have to pay $20 for an aspirin in the hospital just so the insurance company can pay their CEO $20 million. That’s just legalized extortion, not the free market at work. We want to know what the real costs are so we can make informed decisions for ourselves. Just tell us the truth, we can handle it.
We also want more control close to home. The federal government should return our tax dollars to the states so we can decide how to spend those dollars without compliance strings attached. We worked hard for that money and we know precisely what we need to do with it. Please stay out of it, you’re not helping us at all. We do not need bloated bureaucracies skimming off the top and leaving us with less than we gave you in the first place. Every state has unique circumstances that no one in Washington can comprehend so please stop trying to tell us how to live.
All of this is just common sense. People are happy, productive and free when they know they can achieve their biggest dreams. A government that is truly of the people, by the people and for the people should understand this concept. We the people want all the benefits of freedom and none of the costs of tyranny. We the people having been doing our part, working hard, paying taxes, even dying when called upon and voting for the people we thought would best represent us for 2oo+ years. Therefore, I think it’s only fair to ask those elected officials this simple question, “When are you going to start doing your part?”
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