Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Looking for a New American Vision

I believe in America. I admit our problems. I have faith that, as in our past, we will work through them and come out better for the struggle. Much of our history involves mistakes, owning up to them, and learning from them. We aren't perfect, that is not why I have hope for us. I hope for America because we are imperfect, mostly well intentioned, and practiced at recovering from embarrassing and ugly mistakes. That is a strength. That is the strength of our diverse and often impassioned union. We can adjust and grow. We have. We do. We will.

An additional point: belief in America is not belief in any one administration. I believe in America, my loyalty lies there, not with an administration. We, the people of this nation, are the government; we are America.

We are not dependants, or wards of the state. We are the state. We hold the authority to make change. We've lent it to an administration for a time. We can take it back when we feel we must. The American on the street has a voice. Is this mobocracy? Maybe, but in the midst of our seeming choas remains the freedom to change. We are America, we are the state, and we are good people with good intentions.

We are hindered by partisanship. A useless divisive partisanship. Distinct opinions and differences are valuable and intrinsic to the nation but only when topically meaningful. Consensus and compromise need to come back into vogue in political circles, but before they do we must lead the way in our personal political discussions. We lead the way. We are represented. If we have no personal direction and vision, then how will we be directed by the leaders we've lent our vote? They'll be left leading us by fear and suspision.

The new American vision is ours to craft. We can do more than complain. We can expect and hope, and argue out a workable vision of the future that we will be proud of. We empower our leaders. We employ our leaders, to represent our vision of America. We must set the example for positive change, among ourselves. In our conversations we should practice consensus. Let's practice coming to agreement from diversity of disposition.

Consensus and compromise, when dealing with constructive investigations on how to make change in our country, yes. How to change our own minds. I'm a partison in my belief in and hope for this country's future - that is the political isle I see no benefit in crossing.

Loyalty can be as critical and cutting as it can be positive and healing, but loyalty has hope and finds reason to believe that the America two decades from now will be superior to the America of today. Perfect? Nope. Better? That is the hope.

Our discussions matter, even in miniature, because we are the electorate and we set the direction for this country. We lend our leaders a vote, we do not give it to them. We guarentee to take it back when their rightful term is over. They lead because we suffer them to. They should fear us, not the reverse.

No comments: