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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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And Now That The Election Is Over………What Happens Now?

Well my fellow Americans, the votes are coming in and being tabulated.  The media is discussing and forecasting who the new President will be.  The prognosticators are prognosticating and the experts are making themselves heard.  Will the current president remain for another term or will the reins of leadership be turned over to another?  The answer will be made clear in a matter of a few short hours.  And the answer will be of interest to the citizens of this country, myself included.  However, I am going to pose a more interesting question to those of you out there and would be most interested in what your answer would be.  For this question and how it is answered is of far greater importance than the question of who will become our next President.

My question to you, to me and to all of us is a simple one.  What happens now?   The last four years have gone by and our politicians have played the same games that were played in previous years.  Nothing has really changed other than our economy has worsened and our leadership blames this on the leadership that was in place before they got into office.  Which is kind of funny because the administration before our present one made the same statement about the administration that preceded it as well.  And if you look back beyond that administration, you will find the same story repeated again.  And I will mention another parallel to be drawn as well.  In each of these terms of office, our leaders have always voted in favor of themselves receiving annual raises in salary and enhanced benefits.  Oh and lest I forget to mention, if you do your homework on this you will see that the liberties we have enjoyed, those liberties granted us in the Constitution have been decreasing in the last several years and continue to do so.  I don’t know about you, friend but I work the equivalent of 2 jobs to survive and make ends meet.  It would seem to me that we should have a say in how our elected officials are running our country.

I have made mention of this subject before but on this, the night of the presidential election it just seemed rather important to me.  The vast majority of the citizenship of this great country of ours are pretty intelligent folk overall.  So this being the case, why do we allow this to go on, year after year, four-year term after four-year term?  Come on people, be honest with yourselves.  Whether the current president is re-elected or the new fellow gets voted in, do you truly believe in your heart, in your spirit that the game of politics will be played any differently?  You know the answer to this as surely as the sun will break the new dawn.  It will continue to be business as usual in our nation’s capitol.  And the sad part of all this is that we are the one’s responsible for allowing our leaders, our elected officials to continue in this fashion.  It used to be that our senators and our representatives were servants of the citizens who elected them in the first place.  Now they are servants unto themselves.  Yes, I have made that statement before and I am making it again.  And I say it because it is true.

And I apologize if I sound like I am degrading this country because I am not.  I love this, our country.  In actuality, I am not even berating the ones who are in leadership.  I know it sounds that way.  The truth of the matter is that our leaders are human beings and are therefore fallible, as are we all.  And being human, they will take things only as far as the citizens they serve will allow.  So, who am I berating and chastising here, really?  You know this answer as well as you know your own name, don’t you?  I am taking to task the citizens of this country for it is our complacency and apathy that has permitted things to go as far as they have.  I am speaking to myself as well as to anyone else.

Our leaders are elected by the citizenry of the country and therefore are to serve the best interest of said citizenry.  And since our elected officials are indeed voted in by those people they are to serve, those officials, those leaders are to be held to a higher standard.  To whom more responsibility is given, more is expected in return.  In other words, we entrust ourselves and our children to those who we elect to govern our country.  We expect them to act in the best interest of our country.  If this is a responsibility they cannot handle properly or do not intend to handle properly, then they should not have the position so entrusted.  It is quite simple really.  Everything seems to get overcomplicated in today’s world when most things are still easily seen if we take the time to view them through the eyes of what is right and what is wrong.

We still have choices in this country and at present, we still have the time to make some proper choices so as to bring this nation back to greatness.  But time has a tendency to run out and this issue in front of us is a bit more important than trying to get to the shopping mall before it closes or making that deposit in the bank before the doors are locked for the day.  There is quite a bit more at stake here.  And if I may, a quick suggestion for all of us.  If you haven’t ever read the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution of the United States, you should.  It is your birthright as a citizen and besides that, it is pretty interesting stuff.  Oh by the way, you may have noticed that I didn’t mention any names in regards to who is running for office.  That was intentional because it isn’t about who is running for office.  It is about what they will do if elected.  Let us set aside for now who is representing what political party and all the rest of that.  That is a secondary issue at best.

This is our country.  This is our nation.  Therefore, it is our responsibility to keep it on course and in keeping with that, we are accountable for keeping our leaders accountable for how they care for what is our country, our nation and our home.  Let us together bring about the much-needed changes in this land in which we and our children live.  Think about it and then take the next step.  Follow your thought with action.  I love this country and I know you do as well.

Thank you once again for your kind attention this evening.  May your day be blessed and may you bless others in return.

 

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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