Sunday, May 19, 2013

The Growing Divide

“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”
As we move further from a nation of individuals, banding together to secure their independence and working to secure a common good, the divide between us grows.  On the one hand we have people who want to limit government so that its power is not so absolute as to rob us of our freedom.  On the other we have people who see government as the vehicle to protect us from all things and will, as a benevolent power, look out for its citizens.
In between these two positions we have the politicians.   Individuals who offer to serve and guide the Republic, but who are shown time and time again to be humans, subject to all the failures of society.   Greed, arrogance, pettiness, and self-interest are all common quantities, yet we reelect the men and woman at an astonishing rate.  Because of these qualities the established parties are not so different, they both seek to maintain the status quo with a little give and take in the middle.
As our younger generation grows to become the majority we will see the fruits of our parentage, and the impacts to reason from the technologies we have created.  Who will they elect to address the problems of the nation, and perhaps the world?  Will it be those who promise all things, or those who promise freedom?  As we move from “Ask not what your country can do for you” to “People feel like the system is rigged against them, and here is the painful part, they’re right” belief sets will we thrive or will we sink under our own weight of expectations that others will make our lives rich and support a comfortable life without effort?

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