Why is it that in a democratic society people are afraid or even frustrated every time someone wants to talk politics? It is not a crime, and should warrant some sort of attention. Since when has it been acceptable for people to be fully capable of bitching about their problems, but unwilling to do anything about them. Why should it be up to our government to solve everything? And how can people expect this to be possible within a political machine that is experiencing it’s worst partisan disputes in the past century? Even if some form of legislation makes it into congress, it seems like both Democrats and Republicans are unable to play nicely in the sandbox. Why don’t we as Americans feel more anger and frustrations towards our “representatives” who are unable to do their fucking jobs and generally lack any sort of clue about what their constituents really want?
People on one side still claim that the U.S. is the greatest country in the world, while the other side says that government has become too powerful and is ruining what it means to be American. As time goes on, and as the likelihood of achieving the American dream fades more and more into a theoretical realm, how can people stand by without taking action? Get involved people, otherwise those few who do speak up, will be determining the fate of our disillusioned, uneducated, and carefree society.
Things shouldn’t have to change only when the problem(s) lie in my backyard. Whatever happened to the passionate political participation and compromise of our past? A passionate moderate is what we need in today’s partisan government, to provide an example for others to follow. In consideration to the very fact that our federal constitution was drafted around the idea of conflict and compromise, it sure seems like conflict has taken center stage in today’s agenda and compromise has been left untouched on the back burner.