Staying in Focus: No Confidence

I have always admired our founding fathers for putting together a pretty decent constitution but lately I find that they made one glaring omission –giving the people the right to a vote of no confidence. The British parliament has one, and I think it wouldn’t be bad for the people themselves to call for a vote of no confidence when the government  can no longer function, when members of the House refuse to work together to hammer out differences and engage  in spite and  rhetoric instead,. They are acting more like  spoiled children than educated lawmakers.

I didn’t realize how bad it had gotten until I heard one of them in filibuster, reading Dr. Seuss during what I can only surmise was nap time. What has happened to our leadership? I think the entire country now is running on momentum and we are going to wake up one day not be able to start it back up. Attitudes and shenanigans like those displayed this week from Capitol Hill to the White House serve only to further reduce our already tarnished reputation. Our nation was once regarded with respect, a beacon of hope to many people, and our own representatives have turned us into a laughingstock, one that on December 17th will be unable to make loan payments and fund Social Security and Medicare.  What do all the people like my mother, who depends solely on their Social Security to survive, do then? Are they worried? No, because they have voted themselves the best medical care, not to mention, decent salaries, which they are still collecting despite the fact that they are not doing their job, while the average worker is home on furlough

Once there was a United States of America. People had differing opinions; it was one of their freedoms. the freedom of speech. The philosophy of this nation was founded on the principle of freedom. This nation wasn’t perfect but they worked things out. It was the nation that welcomed others to its shores. How many desperate people saw Lady Liberty standing in New York Harbor, and knew that here, at least, they had a chance.  I was proud of my country then.  It was a leader in innovation and industry, a nation that answered JFK’s challenge to land  a man on the moon. It had zest,, vitality and vision. And now our representatives choose to hold the country hostage unless the President’s medical plan is  delayed and reworked.  If that is an issue, let it be examined in another time and place and not when we are facing financial disaster.

It was also  the land of Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy.

Abraham Lincoln spoke these words in his Gettysburg address:

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

And John F. Kennedy spoke these words at his inauguration:

We observe today not a victory of party, but a celebration of freedom — symbolizing an end, as well as a beginning — signifying renewal, as well as change. For I have sworn before you and Almighty God the same solemn oath our forebears prescribed nearly a century and three-quarters ago.

The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life. And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe — the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God.

We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution. Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans — born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage, and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world…

…In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility — I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from that fire can truly light the world.

And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.

My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.

Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.

 

Two men. Two great leaders. Two different parties. Their focus not on party differences, but on doing what was best for this country. Protecting the sacred trust handed us by those who fought so hard for our freedom, our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
  My advice: to the Representatives: Set up a meeting. Read  aloud the last paragraph of President Kennedy’s speech. the part where history will be your final judge.
Then get to work.
And get our country back.
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