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If we find ourselves looking for the ideas and the way of life that we believe in, we might be hard pressed to find it. If I was telling someone how to get back to the principles and ideas that allowed us to be what the world has thought was the one place in the world where men and women are free. I would say what you want to do is get yourself a dream, follow it to the fork in the road, go as far as you can, then turn right at the statue of liberty, and that'll be new york, just about anybody there can tell you where you are then:

I wonder what really keeps the American political system from operating as it was intended to do? I thought our's was a government, that was said to be, for the people and by the people? Even if for any reason that this is not presently the case, would it be so wrong if that's exactly what the government became? That the United States became a nation where the rich and the poor stood for a common good and a common purpose, that each believed that men should live in a free society? Each group enjoying equal rights to pursue a happiness and a life that did not infringe or hinder the others life as they envisioned it should be?

I think our nation is fractured, and I look for the reasons that this is the case. Is it our political convictions and are we really so easily defined as just simply two major parties, (and fringe splinter groups) are we by and large republicans, (those guys) and democrats (those other guys,) and neither of us can meet in the middle? Is there no compromise? No way for the nation to save itself in a way that both parties are served?

I wonder if I had money would I change my political point of view? Not to mention that if that's the case, would it be incumbent upon me that if I at any time lost my money to then become a member of the party that best supported that need? Are the members of the right and the left, really seen correctly as the "haves" which want to protect their interest, and conversely the "have nots" which are simply people that ultimately want a chance to pursue a life that allows them access to a better way of life? Is it that simple, and if it is, why does that ideology threaten the system as it stands? If nothing else it seems in it's purest definition those stances would be perfect, that the people that have achieved naturally seek to protect the business community and their interest, and others that seek to have and add to that success that has already been accomplished simply have a chance to do so... so in the end where does it all go wrong?

Is it the fact that the two sides stand like children, on opposite sides of the equation insisting that the other is to blame for what is challenging America presently or at any time for that matter, since it is a ongoing battle? And with no Mother, parent (or sense of we're in this together understanding) to tell them to play fair and share, the two children refuse to do so, because it's obviously the other party's fault? So as they and the rest of us take a trip down what turns out to be dark unfamiliar, treating roads leading to who knows where, when we all thought that this was a trip to grandmother's house, ... the right and the left sit in the back seat of the proverbial car with no brakes, asking " are we there yet" while making faces, annoying and hitting each other, because they each hate going anywhere with the other?
If the "people" were the parents, they might say, "if I have to say this one more time .... which of course they will have to say it more than just one more time, because the kids on the right and the left never listen to us, and ignore all the warnings and of course finally the people will say ... listen don't make me pull this car over and have to make the both of you behave." The kids might listen for awhile or maybe they are just too spoiled and hard headed to listen, until it's too late?


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