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Something Is Amiss Here ……….

I have to say this evening that I am troubled about something.  Actually, I have been for quite some time now.  There is something very wrong going on in this country of ours anymore.  It seems that bit by bit the liberties that were once ours are quietly being taken away.  This I believe is done incrementally and by design in hopes that the folks in our nation do not take notice.  It would seem that the idea is working for not many people are taking issue with what is going on nowadays.  The level of governmental control has been on the rise for many years now.  But it has increased dramatically under the present administration which is very disturbing.  For example, we have now a national health care program and have been told by our governing body that if we cannot provide proof of our own medical coverage, then we must sign up for this national program.  And if we do not comply, then there will be monetary penalties drawn against us.  Now, for the moment let us ignore the fact that this national health care program is poorly structured and not worthy of consideration for that is not the issue at hand.  The last time I checked, I was a citizen of the United States of America and therefore my government which is to serve the citizenry is not permitted to violate the very constitution which brought this nation into being.  In short, what is being done here is unconstitutional.  And if I may cite another example of the fingers of our leaders pushing into the private lives of the citizenry here?  The suggestion has been made to embrace the concept of mandatory voting in the elections that occur in this nation.  Friends, the right to vote is simply that.  It is a right and one which we exercise.  It is also our right to abstain from voting.  Voting is not and I say again, is not a mandate put forth by this country’s governing body which would force its people to go to the polls.  These are but two issues out of many that are undermining this nations foundation as of late.  There are many more, let me assure you.  This country, our country was and is established on the basis of independence and freedom, yes?  I do recall the words “Land of the Free and Home of the Brave”, don’t you?  And how about the lyrics “My country tis’ of thee, Sweet land of liberty, Of thee I sing”?  The ideals that our nation were founded upon are still in place….at least for now.  But there are powers in government that are seeing to it that those ideals are being slowly worn away.  This process is called erosion, as I am sure you are aware.  There will come a day in the not too distant future that the United States will be unrecognizable when compared to the U.S. Constitution as we know it today.  Does this not bother us any longer?  Do we no longer value the gift that is this country, our country?  For it is our country.  It belongs to us, to the citizens. It belongs to all of us and it belongs to none of us.  Therein lies the beauty and strength of the premise upon which America was founded.  It is for those who would be free and free indeed!  That man or woman who sold you those shoes last week?  That youngster who mowed your lawn last week or delivered your Sunday newspaper?  And how about the teller there at your local bank who says “Good morning!” and handles your transactions for you with a smile?  Or perhaps a bit closer to your heart and your home….What of your children to which you will leave the condition of this country for them to deal with?  All these folks and all these children and more…..These are the ones who do the working and paying and living in this nation.  These are the individuals who are the sovereign here.  I know this because our founding fathers declared its citizens sovereign and it is still the truth today.  You see friends, our constitution has not changed.  Oh, there have been some amendments here and there to be sure.  But the heart of this document still carries the pulse of freedom which is the very thing that brought us to greatness.  Do we really want to accept less than what is best for those we love and hold dear?  Think about this carefully for we hold the future of these United States in our hands these days.

Now, our leaders today have a much different view on this issue.  Indeed they do.  Our public servants have become, by and large servants unto themselves.  They make sure to vote themselves a generous increase every year as well. Did you know of this?  I read a short time ago that the average salary increase for each senator and representative of the house was $3,774.00 per year!  Conversely, the national debt for which the government just keeps raising the ceiling is in the trillions of dollars now.  I must say that as a “leader”, I would have to decline any salary increase offered me and if I was as well off as most of those fellows, I wouldn’t feel proper unless I cut my present salary by around 20% or so.  And if that sounds a bit out dated for today’s world, then I am just an out dated sort of guy.  I do seem to remember reading that John F. Kennedy cut his salary down to almost nothing because he was well to do and was in office to serve the people.  If that be true, then I guess I would be in good company given my ideals.  I do know that those who hold high office are supposed to have accountability to the citizens they serve.  The position of leadership carries with it the mantle of responsibility and those who wear it well have my respect.  But my friends, respect is earned and never simply given.  It is not something to be ladled out to those who are undeserving.  No and again I say no!  Friends, surely you must agree here!  Remember if you will the words of Abraham Lincoln who said that ours was “a government of the people, by the people and for the people”.  Do these words carry the same strength today as they did then?  I am sad to say that they do not carry much weight in the eyes of our leaders today.  The words that formed our great nation have been twisted and manipulated in so many fashions and so many times that it makes me heart-sick.

I must apologize here as well for it hurts me to my heart to speak this way.  I was brought up to honor those who would lead our country and offer prayers for their wisdom that they may guide this nation in the path it should follow.  These days it seems that a great deal of prayer must be needed for we are being led down the path to ruin by those whose job it is to serve its citizens.  I want very much to be proud of our leaders.  It is my deep desire to say to all who would hear that those who represent the citizens of the United States of America have rightful possession of my faith and confidence for they have earned my respect and my heart.  It grieves me so that I am unable to make a statement like this.  What is happening and what has been happening in and around my country, our country is disgraceful.  Again I must say that I would very much like to wake up as from a very bad dream and find that all is as it should be and that our leaders of today were strong in character and had motives that were pure.  I would so like to be incorrect about the views reflected here for I love our country.  It is her government that leaves my heart sad and yes, even ashamed.

So, I suppose the question with regards to us, to the people who make up the backbone of this country, to the folks like you and your next door neighbors is a simple one.  It is a simple question with an answer that is equally simple.  What is the question here tonight for us all?  The question is “What is to be done about the going-ons in this, our country?”  And it is our country, folks.  It always has been and at this point, it still is.  And the answer to said question tonight?  As I said, it is simple.  However like anything that is of value, it can also be difficult.  Simple has never meant easy, has it?  Here is the answer for you just now.  Since this is indeed our country and it is our land, we simply and collectively must say that “Enough is enough!”  Mind you, it is not the efforts of one or two.  Nor is it safe to say that 30 or 40 folks will bring about change.  Or 300 or even 500 people is not a sufficient number.  It is by way of a sweeping movement which brings in its wake the many, many Peoples of this country that change, positive change and a reclamation will come to our nation, to our home.  In this way, the next generation will not be left in the disarray that has become our country.  And if I may state one other thing?  Any government will only push as far as its’ citizens will permit it.  To put it another way, when little Johnny misbehaves, he is put into a time-out which lets him know his bad behavior will no longer be tolerated, yes?  This is what I meant when I said the answer for government reform was a simple one.  It is the same premise.  Our leaders are in place today because we agreed that they could be in that position and our agreement of the same was either a vote or by way of being complacent and not caring about the situation.  Either way, we the people gave them position.  Thus, we have the power and ability together to say, We have tired of your bad behavior and enough is enough!  Do give much consideration to these words this evening for it is most important and quite urgent as of late.  And if you are honest with yourself (for we all must be), you will find that this message will resonate with your spirit or within your being, if you prefer.

I apologize for going long this evening.  However, this has weighed upon me for a bit of time now.  In truth, I was even hesitant to put these words out this evening for our right to speak freely in our country has been brought into question as well which is very sad to me and I am sure to many of you as well.  Perhaps I am overstating this here but I will say it once again.  I love our country, the United States of America and the flag she wears.  I always will.  Please let us stop closing ourselves off from each other as we seem to become increasingly plugged into our electronic devices while becoming more and more unplugged from our neighbors and humanity.  Take care and be good one to another, yes?

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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Our Nation Teeters On A Fiscal Cliff? What Is Wrong With This Picture?

We live in the greatest country in the world!  This is still the truth today.  It is our government that has become our Achilles heel, if you will.  Our grossly overpaid, self-absorbed senators and representatives cannot agree on anything.  Look what is happening with this “fiscal cliff” issue.  Oh yes, this cliff was avoided in the 11th hour with much dramatization.  But this should not have been an issue in the first place.  And now, there is still much question about how this is going to affect the citizenry of this, our country.  Like so many these days, I am most unhappy with the manner in which our “leaders” are leading us further and further down a road of financial irresponsibility.  The animosity between the Republicans and the Democrats which has been going now for far too long reminds me of the feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys.  It has sadly reached comedic proportions which would indeed be laughable if the position it has placed our nation in was not so dire.

The whole idea of a two-party governmental system was to facilitate balance in the government overall.  The premise on which it was set up was ideal, actually.  But over the last few decades, it has degraded so far that one cannot even recognize it when compared to the original model.  Why do you figure that is?  Is it the fault of the lawmakers, of our elected officials?  Yes, it is.  But it is also our fault.  The true burden of blame rests upon our shoulders.  For you see, we elected these people and they are accountable to us, the citizens of this country.  Their paychecks are drawn from the very taxes that we pay into our government.  My fellow Americans, just in case we have forgotten it, I would like to bring up the fact that our senators, our representatives and yes, even our President work for us. It is not the other way around.

Oh, and speaking of paychecks and salaries, it might interest you to know that for the 5th year in a row, our lawmakers voted not to reject their automatic “cost of living” raise that will increase the annual salaries of members by $3,400.00 which will give them an annual income of $158,103.00 per year.  This figure would not include monies received from special interest groups and so on.  Doesn’t this piece of information set fire to your soul?  Personally, I work 65 to 70 hours a week in order to survive. I drive a 4-year-old automobile which makes me fortunate compared to many others.  And believe me, my income does not rival or even come close to the $158,103.00 that our leaders are more than happy to pocket, those dollars coming from the very taxes paid by the average citizen, by you and I.

And I will say this as well.  If our elected officials were working industrially in our best interest instead of their own, I would not begrudge them the money they are being paid.  But they are like children in a schoolyard who not only cannot get along, they refuse to get along.  The in-fighting in our nations Capitol has become a disgrace.  A disgrace!  I am sure much of the world regards our once great nation as somewhat of a joke.  And the money that our leaders keep borrowing from other countries is helping to push us into what will be a disaster.

Where does all of this stop?  Or perhaps a better question is this……..When will you and I as a people take a stand and start to reclaim what is and always has been our country? It is within our power to do so and it is our right to do so.  Furthermore, it is our duty to do so.  We owe that much not only to ourselves but to the generations which are to follow. We owe it to our children.  So, when do we wake up and stand up?  When do we begin to require those we call our leaders to be accountable for their actions, actions that even now are changing the course and direction of our country?  Because my friends, if you are unaware of it, we are headed as a country down the wrong road and in the wrong direction.

Again I wish to say that this nation, our nation is not the real problem here.  And it is not even our leaders for whom I have lost much respect for overall.  The problem here we must defer back to ourselves.  It has been our apathy and our complacency that has permitted the decline in our nation’s leadership.  Our elected officials are misbehaving simply because we are permitting them to do so.  If we, as a people raise our voices as one and tell them, “Enough is enough! This behavior is no longer acceptable!” , then and only then, will things begin to change.  The time to do this is not tomorrow or next week or next month.  This has been allowed to go on for too long.  The time for change and renewal is now, today.

I would also like to say that it pains me to speak this way.  I love my country, the USA.  I am indeed a flag-waver and proud of it.  I am not speaking ill of our great nation.  I am not really even trying to verbally abuse this country’s leadership although I am more than displeased with what has been going on within the walls of our government.  I want to respect those whom I have elected.  However, respect is not given to those who have not earned it.  That is a truism no matter what a person’s vocation is.  Personally, I would like to look forward to a time when I can again have respect for those with whom I have given my trust by way of the election process.  Unfortunately, I cannot make this statement today without compromising my own integrity.

My friends, the choice for our country’s direction lies within each one of us individually and collectively.  Let us work together as one nation, united and bring our country back to where it should be.  I am very concerned and very sincere about this issue.  Please do not continue with the mindset of “What can I do about it? The government does what it wants to do anyway!” It is that type of thinking and inactivity that has brought us to where we are today.  That must change if we are to change the direction of our country.

Please consider the ideas that I have tried to convey here this evening.  The issues that face us as a people, as the citizens of the United States of America are critical.  It is past time for positive change and renewal.  On a positive note, it is within our power to bring this positive change and renewal into a state of reality.

I thank you for your time and attention this evening as always.  I am open to any and all feedback from those who have read what is reflected above.  Please take care with yourselves and always be good to one another.  I offer my wishes for a blessed day for you and yours.

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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Enough is Enough!

With the presidential election pressing in close upon us and the candidates playing politics’ games, there is a question I must ask you this night.  Haven’t you, haven’t we as a people had enough?  Enough of a government mired in mediocrity, one where our elected officials are no longer public servants but instead have become servants unto themselves?  And are you not tired of the reckless government spending yet?  We are over 14 trillion dollars in debt and that number is steadily climbing!  Does this not disturb us, you and I?  If it doesn’t, then it should!!  Wake up, America!  And wake up before it is too late to do so.  It is our own apathy and complacency that has brought our nation to where it is today.  This needs to change and quickly.  Our nation’s elected officials are there to serve the people, not to serve themselves.  This ride of leisure that they, our leaders have enjoyed has gone on far too long now.  Whether they realize it or not and whether you realize it or not, this is still a nation that was founded “by the people, for the people”.  Send a message to Congress and to our President.  Let them know that this is our country and that “Enough is Enough!”  Do it today!

William J. Thompson, Jr.

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Give Me Liberty or Give Me Compromise?

“Give me liberty or give me death!”  Patrick Henry uttered those famous words on March 23, 1775.  He spoke these words with conviction and I have no doubt he would’ve had no qualms in laying down his life in defense of his beliefs.  Much has changed since that time.  And unfortunately, change is not always for the better.  People of our day lack the intestinal fortitude to stand up for their convictions and beliefs.  “Give me liberty or give me death!” has given way to “You have to go along to get along.”  There is quite a difference between these two quotations.  Wouldn’t you agree?  As you may know, Patrick Henry was one of our founding fathers.  So, who spoke those less powerful words of going along to get along?  That, my friend was a fellow by the name of Sam Rayburn, a politician and lawyer who came along about 100 years later.  History reflects that he was responsible for some good things including contributions to the New Deal legislation.  So I am not speaking ill of his character.  I am simply stating that the business of compromise had begun eroding the moral fiber of our country many decades ago.  Now, compromise in life is sometimes a necessary component in our lives, unfortunately.  But it never should be allowed to be the method by which we determine our lives.  And it certainly should not dictate the governing of our country!

Too much compromise brings about weakness in structure, as we all know.  It is no different from laying the plans for a building.  The foundation of any building must be strong.  I believe it is referred to as “integral strength”.  And what would happen if our home was built upon a foundation that lacked this integral strength?  What if the mixture of the concrete had been compromised to save on cost?  Well, we already know the answer there, don’t we?  The house will not stand because it cannot stand.  Should we not be at least as attentive to the maintenance of our country’s foundation as we are to our homes, our bridges and buildings?

My point is simply this – Compromise, kept in a proper perspective can be of good use.  It can help resolve problems in many ways.  It is an ingredient that must be seen as necessary in various situations.  But not in all situations!  Mind this now!  Compromise is insidious if allowed to run rampant thru our society and our government.  “But it is for the greater good!”, you may say.  To that I say we have permitted the spirit of compromise to eat away at the foundation of integrity and strength on which our country, these United States of America has been built on.  And in doing so, we have become complacent and therefore given acceptance to the way our leaders are running this nation today.  Do you not see what is happening today??  If you do not, then please, please step back for a moment and wipe the sleep from your eyes.  Then take a good long look at what our country has become.  And with your vision having been cleared, I would ask you to help restore the vision that was once our country.

Now many will say I am overreacting and that this country of ours has never been a picture of perfection.  Okay, I will concede the point.  No, the United States of America has never been without its’ faults and shortcomings.  However, our nation has never strayed this far away from the premises upon which it was founded, from the truths which gave this country its’ strength.  As a result, our nations’ integral strength is crumbling.  It is falling apart just a bit more each and every day.  This was our country at one time and did not belong to the politicians.  It can be our country again.  So, let us see if we can find it within ourselves, the passion and the strength to learn again what means to declare those immortal words “Give me liberty or give me death!”

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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