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Every time I hear the refrain "you can't trust the government," from someone who is running for elected office, my first thought is "Then why should I trust you?"
Americans stand on the shoulders of giants. Those shoulders include every culture, religion and gender orientation. Our Founding Fathers were the architects of America, and the People it's builders.
There were also great women who contributed to our Founding Fathers' work. Women have always been a part of the building of America. You cannot talk about John Adams without recognizing the great influence of Abigail Adams, and how can you not include Martha Washington when you talk about George Washington? Ignoring anyone's contribution is just vanity. The beauty about America is that with each passing generation, as each spirit finds its voice, unsung heroes and heroines are eventually given their rightful place in history.
America is a privileged society, and that privilege begins with the Charters of Freedom. The Charters of Freedom honor individual rights, but powerful and selfish members of society work very hard to deny others the freedoms they so keenly take for granted for themselves. To America's credit, freedom comes to us all in spite of the challenges imposed by established institutions over individual rights.
Every generation is the greatest generation in this country, because each generation finds the voice to extend the individual rights to those who have been excluded. The list of rights America has led is breathtaking—the first, of course, is freedom of speech and religion, the second is freedom from slavery, followed by women's rights, labor rights, civil rights, and with each generation we get one step closer to a more perfect union. None of this would have been achieved without responsible government.
The laws, the people and the government are the torchbearers of the Charters of Freedom, the greatest gift to humanity.
So again I ask, why should we consider any person running for office who
|If I have seen farther, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants. —Sir Issac Newton|
does not trust the very government they wish to protect? Why would any elected official not want to protect freedoms for all Americans. That totally and completely includes a woman's right to privacy over her own body, and the pursuit of happiness that includes marrying the person they love regardless of culture, religion or gender.
If your issues are religious you have that freedom with the separation of church and state, which means you have the right to practice the religion of your choice. No one can force their belief onto you and vice versa. Simple, isn't it? So it is very bizarre when you listen to politicians who are against government intrusion into business, but fight for government intrusion into individual rights. The whole point of being American is that we don't have to be like each other. That is what the Charters of Freedom gave to all of us.
We need people who believe in our government, who inspire us to be a part of our government, who inspire us to be the best that we can and will be, before, during and after an election. We need people who believe in all of us.
The most important weapon against humanity is fear. Let's move away from the rhetoric over big government and focus on a strong, effective and competent government. If we are afraid of our government we are afraid of ourselves. The issue with America is not government, it is a lack of intelligent participation.