Friday, March 25, 2016

Political Discourse: Unition or Division. My American Dream

Yes, I am new to this. I am turning 19 shortly. I am young. I lack life experience, and I don't know everything. But that does not mean I am not smart. I love learning and I especially love talking with people who have differing views from me because it pays off to be able to expand your perspective on anything. I haven't met many people who are willing to talk with me about their differing views, but those who I have really taught me a lot. 
To an extent I really do get the conservative perspective on things. I despise how divided our country is. I think in many ways we truly do need to unite and start listening to the other side of things (left vs right). There are things that we can agree on, and these are what we should focus on. For example, we both want some kind of gun regulations. We don't want people to be dying all the time in schools or in public places. Both parties want good for our country. I believe that generally, people are good. People are good. Human beings have good intentions.

Where we frequently fall short is in realizing that everyone has different ideas of how to fix these problems and people often refuse to compromise. Instead what happens is nothing, and often, nothing is actually something, and that something is actually significantly farther away from the desired outcome for both parties. This is a problem. This is where we need to stop, take a few steps back, reassess the situation and prioritize. Please.

We live in a beautiful country on a beautiful planet; Earth. And I believe we are blessed with the opportunity to live in a democracy, a place where we can talk, express and learn about our opinions and come to consensus for the good of the people. No one person is going to be right about everything; Ever, and it is painful for me to watch when people fight for one person as if they are our one and only savior and they alone will make everything right again. That is not how this works. It is not that simple and it never will be.

It saddens me that it seems many people have forgotten what it means to be an American. What it truly means. Freedom, equality. We can not have those things if we have such a strong government; if we feel the need to correct everyone who has an opinion or ideal different from ours. That is not the purpose of our government. Our government was made to keep us safe. To give us the tools and resources we need to survive and live in harmony and to take care of ourselves. That is all. It should not be controlling our views, our opinions or our options. This is our life and our Earth. We should be working to help ourselves, each other and live a sustainable life on this beautiful planet which is our home. 

What we need to remember is respect. Stop trying to fix other people. Fix yourselves and fix the government so that it is not trying to fix other people. That is not it's job. We need to get out of our heads and start learning to respect other people and respect differences.
That is what this country is about. Respecting differences and learning to coexist in harmony and peace. Wars, riots, lying, people with the most money controlling everyone else's fate. That is not what this is about, and yet, that is where it appears our country has gone.

I wish that I could call out to you, anyone who chose to take the time to read this, to think: What kind of country do you want to live in? What is the best way that you think we can do this? With an open mind, an open heart, and thinking not just about yourself; please. How?

Why should we have to keep "playing the system" with the games and the media and the lies when we can just unite with honesty and integrity. This is what we should do. A political revolution. Where everyone has a say and our politics aren't about fixing or controlling everyone's opinion. That is not peace because all humans are imperfect and all humans are hypocrites. No human should have more power over any other human. There is only responsibility and teamwork. With those two things we should be able to step up and make the world a better place again.

Stop making everything black and white, all or nothing. It is not. Start thinking outside your own life and consider the big picture. The government does not have infinite money or time. The people who make it up are ordinary people just like yourself (at least they should be) and we need to start choosing our battles. What is most important right now. The people of this country, or your own personal hang ups? This is what makes me angry. We need to stop being selfish and start working together again.
This is my dream.

PS:

I want to tell you a bit about myself if you are interested. Yes, I am a christian, but I do tend to side more towards democratic candidates in politics. Yes, I am new to this, so I totally would be willing to vote for someone "on the other team" someday, if I felt that it was right.

When I think about a person in our political government. This is what I look for. It is not about whether I think they personally will fix everything. That is not what I think it should ever be about because I think that is extremely unreasonable.
A person representing me in politics should be a respectable person. 

They should have integrity and honesty. I don't want you to sugar coat things. Life isn't that simple. I want to hear the truth. Even if it is not something I "want to hear", as a member of the country they represent, I deserve to hear the truth and not be lied to, about anything. No half-truths. This is a relationship, like any other. I put my trust in this candidate to represent my ideas, and my country in a way that is honest. How can you trust someone who lies to you or plays both sides behind your back. This is not a trustworthy person. 
A candidate should not have a secret agenda. A candidate should not be lying or changing their opinions in order to get votes. Why should I trust someone who is only acting out of self-interest and not for the best interest of the country. I should not.

Regardless of what ideas I think will work for fixing the economy (as an example), this candidate should be flexible and show that they can work on a team and discuss things with other people in order to come to a consensus. Things are not black and white and it is really arrogant and naive for anyone to think there is only one real solution to any problem. This is not the case and things should be worked out and talked about.

International Relations. Wow, this is important and I think that a lot of people overlook this. The candidate to represent my country should be able and willing to not only respect the people of their country (all of them), but respect the differences of people in other countries because if they don't, expect to be blown up. That is literally what you deserve, except that you probably won't be blown up; we will, the people of your country.
In layman's terms, the candidate to represent me or my country in politics needs to be able to be trusted not just by their own country (me) but by people of other countries. There are still people in the world who are not afraid to start wars and take over other countries. Don't be a dick. There is so much bad that can come with this. International relations are important.

The ability to prioritize. What is the most important thing for the federal government to be spending their money on right now? Wars? Hell no. Especially now if your country is in debt and there are homeless, unemployed and crime rates skyrocketing. No.
What should be left up to the state governments and what should be a federal issue? Once again, there are many people in this country with many different religions and personal morals and beliefs. We all have a different way of looking at the world but that difference is only that; a difference. Humans are humans. We all make mistakes and can be horrible people, but in the end I believe we have good intentions. Please keep this in mind. It is not productive to impose all of your views on everyone in the country. Federal governments should not have so much control. When you get to that point, you start crossing the line and losing your freedom.

Please consider these things.
Think with your head, not your self-centered, narrow-minded egotism (which we all have)

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