Dividing a Nation

I’ll tell you a little secret. Protesting is really a bad thing for us, because protesting is dividing our nation.

I know, people say our nation was founded in protest and that protest has become part of who we are as a people. All true, it’s totally true that our nation was founded in protest, in fact armed revolution, such as our American Revolutionary War could be considered the ultimate protest. And it was that type of ultimate protest that did divide us from England, so certainly I would agree that our nation was founded in and through protest. But.

But that was then and this is now. At that time we had no choice but to protest because we were living under the rule of a king. We had effectively no representation in government. No matter what we wanted, the British Monarchy did what they wanted and we had no choice other than to obey or not obey. Our Founders thankfully did not obey, instead they risked everything when they penned our Declaration of Independence which was the beginning of our nation’s protest.

The result of that protest was the creation of a nation built to work through unity, a nation where we all have representation in our government. We live in the United States of America, a nation where we can effect change in our nation, not via division, protest, civil disobedience and violence, but rather via citizen involvement in a democratic system where every citizen has equal say. Things are changed when people vote for change either directly or through election of local representation.

Nobody need start an armed revolt anymore. Now, anyone who disagrees with how things are going shouldn’t sit on the sidelines with a pouty face dissing our nation’s flag/anthem. Americans who might disagree with the direction that our nation is headed should be standing with hand over heart thanking their creator for delivering them to a nation like the U.S. They should be waving our flag in jubilation and be so freakin’ happy that they live in a place where things can and do change without division and violence. Nobody has to die, but people need to be involved in the whole system up to and including voting.

So if you are feeling like joining the others who are sitting on the sidelines, how about instead, you get off your tantrum ass and start participating. Be a leader, encourage others to take an active positive role in the continued shaping of our nation. We are a democratic republic, use the powers of democracy to change the laws of our republic. That’s how it works. As a wise man once said, “Be the ball.”

Today?

tjThomas Jefferson said “The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”

Is today that day?  The day that President Obama and the Democratic Party usher in the end of our 2 century old democracy?

Perhaps someone should pull President Obama aside this morning and explain that Thomas Jefferson meant this as a warning, not a directive.