We all know that things aren’t working right. In so many ways. Our politicians refuse to compromise, our young black men are being shot down by police or arrested in alarming numbers for minor offenses, our poor are unable to find life-supporting work, our sick are in need of better health care, our women are not valued, our mentally ill seem to run rampant in the streets… Well, I guess we all know the list.
What’s the answer? Is there an answer?
After World War II our soldiers returned and built a nation. Many continued their service locally all the way to the top of the political ladder. Many served in Congress. Maybe that helped keep us out of so many skirmishes and conflicts; they knew about war and its effects.
They didn’t become “the Greatest Generation” for nothing! They were working to make America a great nation, at home just as it had been abroad.
So now what? It would seem that greed is uppermost on the minds of many of our elected officials. They don’t buck the big banks or the gun manufacturers or whoever else is paying for their campaigns, etc. Maybe, if some of our returning veterans – those who volunteered because they wanted to make a difference and serve their country – would step up and serve again perhaps we might get control of our out-of-control country.
If not, there is always that limited term idea, but there we lose the value of those elected legislators who provide continuity and history.
Surely there is an answer to the violence within our country, Americans killing Americans. Americans hating Americans. This is not the land of the free and the home of the brave. It appears to be more like a third-world country. Our gentle, treat-others-as-we-want-to-be-treated ways have disappeared.