In a Nation where cookie-cutter politics have been branded as a one-size-fits-all medium, we have reached a summit where that grading system no longer applies. Today, there are two main political parties: the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. These two have become the “majority rules” parties on all sides. The problem is that emerging groups like the Tea party, the Progressive party, the Liberal party, the Conservative party and the Green party, among others are all trying to get their piece of the proverbial money grab. I call it a money grab because basically that is what it boils down to. Sadly, money talks and the rest get pushed to the wayside.
It’s not pretty. It’s uglier still trying to be the leader of the free world. Over 500 children (Yes, I didn’t stutter…I said children.) in the Senate and the House, and they all want to play their own ways or they are leaving and taking their toys home with them. Wow. So much can get accomplished that way, right? No, never. Politics is NOT a game; albeit some talking heads in the media would liken the left and the right to a major league sport. No, that is not how it works. Never has, never will. There is no one-size-fits-all in politics. For some the final measurement or bill is either going to be too big or too small…and for some, the bill just doesn’t appeal to them at all. Just like the mind game pictured to the left, you can remove one peg to move ahead but in the end you still may end up with way too many pegs or not enough at all.
The key here is to find a happy balance. It is difficult trying to appease every person every single time for every single policy. No matter what someone comes up with, there is going to be one individual (maybe even quite a few) who are not satisfied with it. Meanwhile, 30 other people or groups might be perfectly content with it. Some may think that a measure does not go far enough (take the recent Affordable Health Care Act, for instance). When do we as a people say enough is enough? Enough to partisan politics, enough to bickering and side-tracking, enough to berating and detracting…when is enough, enough?
Recently, a personal event in my life really gave me a whole new perspective on how carefully the President of the United States must tread on the eggshells laid before him. It is a delicate balancing act. Besides his Vice President, his aids, his political advisers, the Senate, the House, and the tons of government lobbyists climbing out of the woodworks, the leader of this country must gently weigh his options; hearing all sides of the spectrum before he can make an intelligent and informed decision to moving this country in a progressive direction. Some folks do not like the idea of change. It is scary to many. But I think Carlos Castaneda, Peruvian-America author and anthropologist got it right. He said, “We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.” It is only natural for this country (as any country) to grow and progress. Just like human beings must grow throughout their lives physically, spiritually, emotionally and mentally. How we choose to get to that pinnacle in our lives is entirely up to us. Either we make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong in the act of evolving…transforming ourselves, this country into one that works productively for all concerned.
Perhaps we cannot always have a one-size-fits-all policy when it comes to the government of the people, by the people and for the people. Maybe what we need to do is take a long look at where we are today and how far we have come as a nation, albeit the colorful but sometimes tragic history that we share. No man or woman is perfect. We all bring to the table an idea or a plan. Some of our strategies are backed by science, evidence, or a proven theory that can be put to work in action. Some are simply ideas to get the cogs moving in the brains of those who become the miracle workers and the mentors. But to simply say that we cannot move forward after 250 years of growing strong is an insult upon itself. We, the people, are a diverse group of American citizens. We have migrated from countries like Albany and Zimbabwe, to the US soils of America. Apart from our foreign ancestry, we have Native Americans including the Samoan to the Cherokee Nation, and our country still in this day and age beckons the masses to her shores. What does that say about a country? What does that say about her people? To me, it says that while we may not always get what we want, we get what we need. It may not always be perfect, but a step forward is still better than 10 steps backward.
Yes, we need a system that works. We must have ground rules (ergo the US Constitution) upon which we can build. The infrastructure is there. We cannot have children taking their balls and going home because someone does not agree. We cannot have children destroying the threads of our nation because they choose to wage war with their elected peers. At some time, the debate must end and progress must continue. No, we are not a one-size-fits-all nation, but we are a nation where we have the right to the pursuit of peace, liberty and justice. Not too many other countries can give us these basic freedoms. Nor can most countries stand their grounds in E Pluribus Unum. That says a lot about us. It says that despite our differences and diversity, we aren’t going to be the brat who leaves every time something doesn’t go his way. It means that our representatives must work together and stop the partisan politics. Enough is enough. Let’s move this country forward in unity.
PS. That means voters, too. If you sit out an election because you are not going to play anymore, then you deserve the government that you get!
I am not playing anymore!
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