posted on Apr, 7 2012 @ 09:32 AM
reply to post by jrod
That may be true. But Americans shout "Democracy!!" up and down the corridors while completely and functionally unable to comprehend the concept.
Like the cries of "Capitalism!!", they simply do not understand the fundamental responsibilities inherent in these systems.
I had someone here on ATS tell me that I am part of the reason things are going so badly in the US because I don't vote in the elections over there.
Well, pardon me but I haven't lived there in a quarter century, though retaining my citizenship (it being my birthright and all). But I don't feel
I have the right to influence your daily lives while I sit on another continent for decades on end. Am I being responsible or is this some form of
disavowing my duties? I feel that your lives are your responsibility. My life is my own. I will not compound your problems by making choices on your
behalf. YOU must do that. I haven't even been back there for a visit in 17 years, so my interference in matters that really do not affect me
directly are hands off to me.
We make choices and we must stand by them. If your fellow countrymen cannot and will not take responsibility for their choices and the effects
thereof, on whose shoulders does that rest?
You all love your drama, you love your tv shows. You cover elections like some sporting event. You're all about the mudslinging and the crushing
the other guy. Just look back at the discussions on this forum of the last elections. Look how your fellow countrymen were talking! Like it's an
EVENT, not a matter of life and death. You want your glitz and glamour. You want the silver-tongues, gilded with gold You want the guy who is going
to talk trash. You want the guy who makes you feel like America is the final bastion of freedom and you won the lottery by being born there.
Well, if you don't make it so, it's not so. You have all made it what it is. If you vote for someone who stands for what you want your future to
look like - minus all the empty promises and the outright lies and the pot shots at his opponents, if you want someone who will recover the dignity
and promise that America once stood for and truly was a bastion of, then you will need to elect that person. You will need to raise those people in
your communities and help them up through the ranks to that leadership position. But you don't do that, do you? You want that guy to sell you an
illusion and you want to buy it! But it's illusion. It's empty and false. You have elected empty and false for how long now? Don't do it
anymore. Not this time, not ever again. Don't do it.
If your bike is broken, stop riding it and fix it. Same goes for government. The IRS is part of the problem. Do something about it.