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Over the summer of 2010 I began to ask myself, "what do you do if two of our Rights, as citizens of these United States, are diametrically opposed?" I came to the only viable conclusion: you compromise. Our great Nation works when there is compromise.

Right now most of you will agree with me that our political system is broken. What we currently have is: the politics of destruction; special interest groups who have the power and money to dictate policy; politicians who must spend their time raising money for the next election instead of doing the People's business; and, there are those who are so concerned about getting re-elected they cede their responsibilities to the citizenry to those groups making the loudest noises and the greatest threats.

The attacks that we were inundated with during the this election cycle belittled the democratic process. Shame on everyone involved. And, shame on the political obstructionists who are more interested in gaining and maintaining power than doing the people’s business. During these very difficult times all of us should be supporting our President. The challenge for all of us is, how do we improve upon this imperfect union that we call the United States of America? One thing I know for is not by dividing us.

I can remember when I was sixteen years old there was a day when my father called out to me, "Jackie, come quickly. You have to hear this. It's Winston Churchill. Come listen." I raced to the radio and for the first time heard a recording of Churchill's speech to a Nation standing alone against the greatest evil the world has ever known: "...we shall defend our island no matter what the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; and we shall not surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until in God's good time, the New World, with all it's power and might, steps forth to the rescue and liberation of The Old."

That day my hero was born. Where are our heroes today? jkt

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Decentralize or Divide?

We hear a lot of complaints about the Federal Government being too big and there are people who want to give all power to the States. They go so far as to suggest that we disband the Federal government except on matters of national defense.

I agree with the concept of decentralization, of restoring more power and responsibility to communities and regions. But is it feasible? First, we live in a very complex world and we need a National agenda to succeed. Look at our school system. Currently our public schools are in the hands of local school boards. They’re a disaster. In addition, they’re subject to local mores and prejudices.

Texas is a good example of how a local educational system can be perverted to fit a political agenda. According to CNN, the Texas Board of Education recently "moved aggressively to put its hard-right conservative stamp on what students need to learn about the American past. Among the changes made by the board was the elimination of Thomas Jefferson from a list of thinkers who had inspired revolutions around the world. Conservatives object to Jefferson's support for a clear separation of church and state." Can you imagine? One of the greatest men in the history of the United States has been edited out of history in Texas.

CNN goes on to say that "conservatives want an American history that ignores or marginalizes African-Americans, women, Latinos, immigrants and popular culture. Rather than genuinely engaging the fundamental conflicts that have shaped our past, they prefer a celebratory history that denies those fundamental conflicts. And they insist books stress, as school board chairman Don McLeroy put it, that "America was built on Biblical ideals"."

Then there is the concept of municipal “Home Rule”, which invites corruption in City government. Civil Rights, freedom of and freedom from religion…in many communities these rights would not exist were it not for our Federal Government. We, as a Nation, rose above the local prejudices that deprived millions of Americans of their inalienable right to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness".

There are those who want to return us to the past. Has history not taught us anything? The challenge for all of us is, how do we improve upon this imperfect union that we call the United States of America? One thing I know for is not by dividing us.