Inch by Inch - Part 1

I am begining a short story, that will continue until completion on a daily basis. It will not be the cleanest, most grammatical piece of work you've ever seen, but hopefully it will construe my feelings in a meaningful way to my readers. So please, follow along to learn my feelings about politics of the past and future of America.

Growing up in the US can be the greatest or worst experience, depending on which side of the street you live on, who your parents are, or what you decide or don't decide to do for yourself.

Take a second and regress, you're a child again. Remember getting in trouble every other day in the summer? Then, one time, you didn't do something wrong, but you were smacked across the head for it? No matter how much you try and convince your parents to listen, they won't. They've heard it all before, and damn well know you are wrong. Trying to convince them otherwise is futile. Well, this story is kind of like that. You cannot expect the blind to miraculously see again. Well, it is possible I suppose – so I will try.

People are so engrossed in the moment, they can't listen to you. Like the friend of the friend that says all he wants is his golf and his wife and his daughter, as long as you don't take that nothing else matters. Yeah, OK pal. Your average American today is concerned with the now. What will hurt them, what will put shelter over their heads, what will put food on their plates? There is little time for common sense or watch what is going on in government, hell we have politicians for that. Well, what if those politicians were just as dumb as the average American.

However, my aim is not to alienate my reader, it's not to name call, rather seek an objective mind. I wish not push political ideologies on my friends, rather critical thinking. Maybe Alexander Hamilton said it better in his Federalist Papers.

"It is not, however, my design to dwell upon observations of this nature. I am well aware that it would be disingenuous to resolve indiscriminately the opposition of any set of men (merely because their situations might subject them to suspicion) into interested or ambitious views. Candor will oblige us to admit that even such men may be actuated by upright intentions; and it cannot be doubted that much of the opposition which has made its appearance, or may hereafter make its appearance, will spring from sources, blameless at least, if not respectable--the honest errors of minds led astray by preconceived jealousies and fears. So numerous indeed and so powerful are the causes which serve to give a false bias to the judgment, that we, upon many occasions, see wise and good men on the wrong as well as on the right side of questions of the first magnitude to society. This circumstance, if duly attended to, would furnish a lesson of moderation to those who are ever so much persuaded of their being in the right in any controversy. And a further reason for caution, in this respect, might be drawn from the reflection that we are not always sure that those who advocate the truth are influenced by purer principles than their antagonists. Ambition, avarice, personal animosity, party opposition, and many other motives not more laudable than these, are apt to operate as well upon those who support as those who oppose the right side of a question. Were there not even these inducements to moderation, nothing could be more ill-judged than that intolerant spirit which has, at all times, characterized political parties. For in politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution."

What defines a country's prosperity? Just because I have more money than my neighbor, does that make me better or happier? I think not. Happiness is derived from freedom, individual rights, liberty and justice. Are we free from our government's tyranny? Are we truly free?

The US was built upon and became extremely prosperous on some very wise men's experience and visions, that of our Founding Fathers. They agreed upon several fundamental rights to ensure their kids would grow up without the tyranny of a corrupt government, like one they had just escaped. They agreed upon the Constitution and several amendments known as the Bill of Rights of the United States. They carefully chose those things most fundamental to individual rights and means to protect those rights from the government taking them away. These things were created to ensure "Life, Liberty, and Justice for all."

The Constitution details the separation of power between the three newly created governing bodies. It speaks of states rights and the process to amend and ratify the constitution. Whereas, the amendments or the Bill of Rights articulates the protection "We the people" have from the government.

We have strayed so far from the original intentions of our Founding fathers, we are creating our own failure. However, we are so blind, we don't even know it is happening.