Look, people, how about we stop with all of the empty threats. When Bush Jr. threw his hat in the ring, people made the same threats. When Obama took over the Democratic party from Hillary, people again made threats.
This shit isn’t funny anymore.
You want to make America “great again?” Guess what? The ONLY way you can do that is to fight for it. Make sure that not only everyone of voting age in your local district is registered to vote, but make sure that people who live too far away from their local voting place have rides or any other sort of need covered (ramps for the physically disabled, assistance for the deaf or blind, etc.). Make sure YOU vote.
Leaving the country means that you are refusing your responsibility for making our country better. Think about it. If our founders were as apathetic as voters today, we’d still be having tea & crumpets.
It doesn’t matter what party you vote for, it is important that you vote. And it is VERY important for you to research the candidates. Don’t just sit there and listen to the sound bites. Actually look at their past decisions, their successes and failures, and their virtues and vices.
Our founding fathers expected that we would be a “well-informed populace.” Sadly, we seem to be insistent on keeping the citizenry ignorant, as well as telling them that anyone who IS educated is somehow elitist. Ignorance means that a mind can be swayed by charisma into choosing blindly those who would prefer to rule as a tyranny.
This is what happens when you edit out all mistakes that our ancestors made. One cannot learn from history if it has been whitewashed and re-written. Everything happening today, in our modern world, has happened in the past. And, it has roots in the past as well.
When one raises children, the eldest often becomes the example for the younger ones. The younger siblings have the opportunity to learn from the mistakes of their elder sibling. How can we learn from our country’s past if we haven’t been educated in it, or encouraged to understand it?
Being patriotic does not mean whitewashing our past, or looking at it through rose-colored glasses. It means facing and learning from the mistakes of our past. The simple fact of the era of McCarthyism should have been enough to teach us that our current divisiveness is unhealthy for our country. Yet people like Donald Trump can get closer and closer to the presidency, all the while standing on a political platform that repeats McCarthyism’s worst aspects – just with a different boogeyman.
Everyone quotes Machiavelli, saying he encouraged leaders to rule through fear. But if you actually READ his The Prince you will find that he actually advocated ruling via love balanced with fear (i.e. making the populace love you, yet making sure that the criminal element fears you). Fear is simply the easiest way to rule, because it is a hard road to walk to make you a beloved ruler. And if you can’t make them love you, then fear is your only option.
The over-all practices of our government — on both sides of the political aisle, Democrat and Republican alike — seem to have forgotten this. It is so much easier to rely on an ignorant populace who are easier swayed by the politics of fear. An educated populace, like our founders insisted upon, is much harder to rule via fear, because they will eventually stand up and revolt against that fear-mongering.
And, ladies, I’m sorry to say, but Hillary Clinton is among those who like to use the politics of fear.
We need to wake up as a nation, and take back the reins of our own government.