I can’t help but feel so discouraged that my generation votes based on dishonest rhetoric and a few social issues they feel obligated to fight for.. yet ignore issues that are orders of magnitudes more important–
I believe that every human being has a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness– with the caveat that we enjoy those freedoms so long as it doesn’t impinge on the rights of others to do so. These were the beliefs the Founding Fathers wrote about in the Declaration of Independence. That same document says that “all men are created equal”. Created. Not born equal, not carried-to-viability equal.
We’ve traded 50,000,000 babies’ right to life, for their mothers’ pursuit of happiness. Conservatives have been demonized for wanting to strip away “womens’ rights” when, in fact, the issue is much different. Conservatives fight for the rights of the unborn. Conservatives fight for the first-amendment rights of faith-based organizations to not be forced to provide prescription birth control waivers in their health care coverage.
We’ve bought the lie that the rich are to blame, yet they’re the answer to our financial woes. Yes, lets make them pay their fair share (50%+ in taxes) so that those who live off the welfare system can continue to do so.
We’ve traded financial stability for entitlements.. enjoying free money now while leaving behind $16,000,000,000,000 in debt to the generations that follow. The fall of just about every great empire was preceded by a corrupt government that sought to appease the masses and spent uncontrollably.
We complain how government is broken, yet we elect the same broken people over and over again
Essentially, we want to repaint the house but never mind the foundation that is crumbling and about to give way.
“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.”
“America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”
“Americans are so enamored of equality, they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.”
“What good does it do me, after all, if an ever-watchful authority keeps an eye out to ensure that my pleasures will be tranquil and races ahead of me to ward off all danger, sparing me the need even to think about such things, if that authority, even as it removes the smallest thorns from my path, is also absolute master of my liberty and my life; if it monopolizes vitality and existence to such a degree that when it languishes, everything around it must also languish; when it sleeps, everything must also sleep; and when it dies, everything must also perish?
There are some nations in Europe whose inhabitants think of themselves in a sense as colonists, indifferent to the fate of the place they live in. The greatest changes occur in their country without their cooperation. They are not even aware of precisely what has taken place. They suspect it; they have heard of the event by chance. More than that, they are unconcerned with the fortunes of their village, the safety of their streets, the fate of their church and its vestry. They think that such things have nothing to do with them, that they belong to a powerful stranger called “the government.” They enjoy these goods as tenants, without a sense of ownership, and never give a thought to how they might be improved. They are so divorced from their own interests that even when their own security and that of their children is finally compromised, they do not seek to avert the danger themselves but cross their arms and wait for the nation as a whole to come to their aid. Yet as utterly as they sacrifice their own free will, they are no fonder of obedience than anyone else. They submit, it is true, to the whims of a clerk, but no sooner is force removed than they are glad to defy the law as a defeated enemy. Thus one finds them ever wavering between servitude and license.
When a nation has reached this point, it must either change its laws and mores or perish, for the well of public virtue has run dry: in such a place one no longer finds citizens but only subjects.”
– Alexis de Tocqueville