St. Louis, September 25, 2016 – Looking around, it seems we have entered yet another period of chaos in the cycle of peaks and valleys in the world.
During the era of the roaring twenties, we had relative balance. It is true there was also excess, but there was happiness and stability. There was the industrial revolution, which brought jobs and prosperity. This was a positive time, a time of good feeling and it was part of the up-cycle.
Then came the thirties and the depression, which pushed America down toward chaos. Banks closed and the stock market crashed. People jumped out of buildings, desperate to escape the tragic lives they were living. Everyone was looking for work, for an opportunity, even offering to work for a meal or whatever anyone could spare.
We were then jolted out of that chaos by an enormous disaster on December 7, a day that will live in infamy. The United States was dragged into World War II with the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Ironically, that tragedy brought balance back to America. US citizens united around a common world view and a unified desire to defeat the evil axis.
Men and women joined up to fight against the evil that was growing around the world. People started working, finding jobs in the defense industry. Rosie the Riveter was born, and so was the USO. America proudly displayed flags and put up banners to support the war effort, warning that Loose Lips Sink Ships and other information. People at home made sacrifices to back the war effort, with gas rationing and war gardens.
After the war, there was a period of adjustment. But it was good adjustment. It was balance. Veterans benefited from the GI Bill and bought houses and went to college. Families were strong, and Americans were proud. People worked hard, loved each other, and supported America.
Our politicians, it seems, have abandoned us. We have an administration that steps on the Constitution and an executive who rules by decree. But Congressional Republicans do nothing to stop it, instead focusing on their own careers and their own reelections.
Who is representing the people?
We have tremendous national debt, growing by the day. We have trade imbalances and economic stagnation. Our men and women can’t find work because we outsource to foreign countries with cheaper labor, just to satisfy the bottom line. Greed is overflowing. We don’t make anything here; instead we are a service economy.
Our citizens are fearful. We worry about health care, savings, government intrusion, illegal immigration, racial tensions, social security, retirement, and so much more.
Terrorism seeps to our shores, yet our politicians still can’t work together to defeat this horrific enemy.
Government has become something separate from the people. Elected officials support actions that the majority of voters oppose, but that are backed by lobbyists and special interest groups. Whatever happened to government of the people, by the people? Perhaps a lesson in the Constitution would do our politicians some good. They work for us.
This year, there is a chance. A chance to change from chaos to balance. To pull those politicians back to their constituents. It is an election year, and the best thing we can do is vote. Vote for your local representatives, your state legislators, and for the executive. Make your voice heard and don’t stop shouting.
This is our year. This is our chance to move forward. Let’s not slip further into the dark ages. Instead, let’s see some light.
However, that’s from a time and place I am from