...of thee I sing. Or so goes the refrain from a truly lovely song.
For as long as I can remember there has been a recurring refrain throughout American life...
Land of Opportunity...
America is what you make of it...
All are true. I've seen far too many people who started with nothing but their work ethic, and sweat; who now have more than a little something...
A gentleman from Vietnam, who was chased out, along with his parents, just after the fall of Saigon. He owns his own cleaning service, and is now
servicing contracts all over Eastern Washington.
A family from Guatemala. Arrived here with essentially the clothes on their backs, now own three taco wagons, and are, last I heard, going to open a
couple more... They make a comfortable living in the Spokane Valley in Eastern Washington.
What do these two families have in common? With a dream, and hard work, they made the American Dream, an American reality.
Endless stories exist like these. I could site a virtually endless number in my own life of people who I know, who worked their asses off and got
what they wanted...
So it would seem there is some truth to the Land of Opportunity legend, wouldn't it?
Is there a dark side to this dream?
Of course there is...
...It's damned hard to make that dream into a reality. The hoops that one needs to jump through are incredible in their degree of difficulty. ...and
they shouldn't be.
This is where I get on my little ol' soapbox. Fair warning has been given
This year is maybe the most important election year the U.S., and by influence; the world has, to date, seen. There are hard choices to be made.
Not just the Oval Office, and the butt that will sit in that chair; but state houses, local city/county offices are up for grabs, too. ...and as
always, contentious ballot initiatives are in play as well.
These things will effect our lives and world for many years to come.
I'm not going to tell you how to vote, or whom or what to vote for. Supposedly you're all adult enough to be able to figure that out for yourselves,
and thus make your own choices.
Given some of the rampant stupidity I've read on ATS gives me room to wonder. But I've still enough faith to believe that American's can still be
trusted to make our own decisions...
An opportunity is before us...
America is still that
land. This very website is proof of that... An opportunity was seen, and grabbed onto with both hands...and here it is,
ever growing and evolving. A fine allegorical example, if ever there was one...
This is what is before us. An opportunity. An opportunity to shape, or reshape; our destiny as a country, and as citizens of that country... ...and
even more importantly, for the generations that follow.
How will history judge us?
As a group that seized that opportunity and ran with it?
As a group that let it slip away because we didn't give enough of a damn to be bothered?
Which will it be? Which?
I know which group I want to be in when history judges me... How about you?
If you choose the latter? I'll pity you, 'cause no one else will. Don't bother me with the "reasons"...I've heard 'em all before.
You want change. You want the world to be a better place... It makes for great copy, and inspiring words on a computer screen.
But you aren't willing to put forth the sweat to foment that change... The hypocrisy must be self evident...
Have I made you angry? Pissed you off for calling you out concerning the moral cowardice as I see it?
Maybe...just maybe, you'll get off your apathetic butts and do something to help be the change y'all supposedly want to see happen.
In which case, America is still what you make of it.
More's the pity.
edit on 8/25/2012 by seagull because: (no reason given)