“What I’m hearing from families all across the country is”
“The American People”
“The Middle Class”
“We need stronger leadership in Washington”
“Let me be clear”
Do these phrases sound familiar to you? Let’s just say, if you can master them, you are ready to run for a political office in America. If you’re like me, you are probably tired of hearing them, though.
I often wonder about the families or “American People” these politicians are referring to? No one has ever asked me, my family, or my friends, anything. The more I watch debates and press conferences, I’m convinced our leaders or those seeking to be leaders are more out-of-touch with everyday people’s needs than aliens probably are. It is no secret, they are going to say what they think we want to hear in an effort to get our vote. Republicans say the democrats are lying, the democrats say the republicans. Is it possible they are both lying?
They claim to want a better life for our veterans, education reform, equal rights/equal pay, an end to terrorism, and a decent health care system. Do you notice politicians and their families are never impacted in a negative way by the things they argue about?
Their children receive the best education, their families have world-class health care, and it is usually not their spouse, parent, or child protecting our freedom through our military.
What is probably the most heartbreaking, though, is watching relationships/friendships be destroyed because of political views. We watch candidates on television or listen to them on the radio, and then take their positions to social media which typically leads to a harsh exchange of words between close friends. Sometimes, people either unfriend or unfollow others without saying a word. If we side with the left, then we bash the right, and vice versa. There is no way our candidates are wrong. We eat up whatever they say instead of doing our own research (with an open mind).
During former President Bush’s two terms, conservatives praised him while democrats criticized him. In contrast, democrats think President Obama has done a good job as our commander-in-chief but the republicans can’t wait for him to leave office. Now, we are seeing the same thing unfold as we approach another presidential election.
However, what we fail to realize is that America isn’t ruled by a dictator. Yes, we have a president but their word is not the final say unless it is an executive order. We have a Congress, made up of one hundred senators and 435 representatives, and nine Supreme Court justices. The United States operates under a checks and balances system. Therefore, our executive, legislative, and judicial are equally responsible for what goes on in our nation. When a bill is on the table, no one gets what they want without giving the other side something. That’s just how it works.
I challenge you today to examine the lives and lifestyles of our federal, state, and local leaders. Then take a look at yours and the lives of the people around you. Do you notice a difference?
Who are you voting for this November?
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