Here's another slightly edited commentary I wrote recently at BlogHer in an effort to reach readers outside my regular reader's frame of reference. Perhaps, some of you may be doing the same there or other places. I would be interested in knowing about your experience in doing so.
Well, we have the beginnings of some effort to provide health care to
all Americans in this nation. Let's hope we can constructively build
on that rather than having Congress waste time and energy trying to
dismantle the program.
Since this is a Presidential
election year, is it too much to expect our Congresspersons to
concentrate on creating meaningful legislation instead of all these
phony political posturings I'm seeing them take? If many of them
received job performance reviews they'd be quickly judged to be engaging
in "busy work" that offers no value to the recovery of this nation from
one of the worse financial situations our country has endured.
But then, many of them are millionaires in their own right or will be, so have an increasing disconnect with the majority of Americans like you and me. Some do still identify with us and are capable of fully appreciating our work situation, health care needs and living choices. Others don't have the faintest notion of what ordinary survival living entails, including one Presidential candidate who never experienced such a life in his privileged childhood, much less as an adult. Unfortunately, by his own repeated words and actions, he seems unable to empathize or even imagine what a regular American's life is really like, since he had been busy investing the monies of already wealthy individuals to make them even richer. No matter if a few companies and workers jobs were lost in the process -- just the price of doing business to earn investors more money.
The country's problems can be attributed to those in both major
political parties, our government and even some of our ordinary citizens seeking to fulfill the American Dream. Yes, and us, too, because we didn't carefully monitor and make certain those we entrusted were functioning in their positions as they should. As the popular Pogo comic strip of years ago said, "We have met the enemy and he is us."
Contrary to what we would all like to believe, or is
being promised by various candidates, there is no quick fix. There is
much that can be done to aid in the recovery but not if ideologs fail
to refocus their attention from self-interest. We each need to closely
scrutinize what activities and actions engage each of our
Representatives and Senators. We need to directly contact them to
express our expectations to these individuals who are our employees and
hold them accountable in this Nov. election and those elections to
We need to pay attention to sources that reveal
where our Congressperson derives his/her financial campaign support --
"Follow the money!" How do those $$$ correlate with his/her
legislative positions? Take SuperPac ads content as a grain of salt, if you're unable to avoid seeing or hearing them, since
they are suspiciously secretive about revealing their contributors. You
can be confident they have an agenda for what is in their funding
sources best interests -- but not likely in the best interests of the average
If you limit the intake of your news
sources to a select few whose views mostly coincide with your own, or
who promote emotional rants and rhetoric as a way to distract from the
facts, do yourself the service of listening to calmer more rational
reports so you can discern what is really happening. There are neutral
non-partisan fact-check sites you can easily access on the Internet to
verify truth from fiction. There's a lot of fiction being spread. We
must do our homework -- men and women have died protecting our right to
have these freedoms we enjoy.
Some of you live in critical States said to be the
ones to determine how this 2012 election will conclude. I don't happen
to live in one of those States, but it's vitally important to me that
you take your responsibilities seriously, know the facts for what and
whom you vote since your actions, or lack thereof, will affect me and my
family. I know my Congresspersons and their stance on issues, how to
contact them to provide support and/or express my wishes (not that
they're always followed,) but the point is the action is vital for this
Republic to survive.
I do not want to live in a plutocracy (a nation
run by the extremely wealthy,) or a theocracy (a nation dictated to by
any religious group,) or any such combination thereof, much less a faux republic/democracy.
Let's move forward toward the gradual rejuvenation of this nation in a
manner dedicated to re-building our middle class.....
...creating jobs that are
not limited to just the service industry as being good enough,
... insisting our government take action to rebuild our nation's
... re-assessing the allocation of government funds that do
not penalize the least among us,
...expecting all, including the most
wealthy among us. to pay their
fair percentage of taxes,
...determine government budget cuts in many
unnecessary subsidized areas,
... institute budget cuts the
military/Pentagon has even specified as being appropriate,
... reassess the
allocation of all foreign aid within the context of today's world
....revolutionize drug purchasing practices with
pharmaceutical companies for Medicare/Medicaid/insurers,
accountability for the financial industries giants and corporations
through the regulation with which they do not self-police and our
officials have been negligent in enforcing.
Let's do more than just yell out the window... "we're .mad as hell and not going to take it any more!"
What are you doing or what all do you think we need to do?