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The Divided States of America

A discussion on the importance of this presidential election.

For far too long now we have been subjected to ad after ad depicting our two choices for president as evil or eloquent.  We have been asked to fight against each other, brother against brother...sister against sister all in the hopes of dividing the nation.  I am disheartened that it’s working.  I am a Christian, Conservative woman.  I don’t believe in abortion, redistribution of money or big government.  I believe that Christianity is under attack in our country, too many people are without jobs and on welfare and the state of our union is an utter mess.  I don’t believe that Obama created the entire mess, but I don’t believe his policies have helped us dig our way out of a recession that the economists keep telling us we aren’t in anymore.  Have you seen the cost of food?  Gas?  Clothes?  Did you get that pay increase this year? Last? The year before?

I tell you these things about me not to initiate a spark in the long political fuse that’s just waiting to explode;  rather to make a point with as little bias as humanely possible, but made with honesty.

This election is far bigger than lost or gained jobs, greater than the amount of people on government assistance of any and all kinds, larger than the Christians versus the Atheists’ or the Muslims versus the Christians.   It’s bigger than pro-choice or pro-life, far larger than the right to free contraceptives, greater than incomes and illegal immigrants, taxes and loop holes, middle class and minorities, Wall Street and Union big wigs.  Indeed ladies and gentlemen, my fellow Americans, Patriots, neighbors and friends...this election is about the integrity of Our United States.  Ours...yours and mine, his and hers, all of ours!

Often over the last four years, regardless of which “side” you’re on, you’ve been subjected to the word “Socialism.”  Does anyone really know what it means?  Webster’s Dictionary defines Socialism as:

1:  any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods.

To be fair, President Obama has clearly never called himself a socialist, so perhaps screaming socialism could be considered a scare tactic by the Right; instead, I will state that his policies of tax and redistribution are very reminiscent of socialism.  Currently, our nation is a Capitalistic nation.  Webster’s Dictionary defines Capitalism as the following:

1 : an economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods, by investments that are determined by private decision, and by prices, production, and the distribution of goods that are determined mainly by competition in a free market

So I ask you...are you a Socialist or a Capitalist?  This question is fundamental because I don’t believe everyone fully understands what their vote may mean come November.  I’m afraid that people will vote party lines or over small ideological ideas instead of the bigger picture and once your bet is placed and the dice is thrown it’s a done deal.

While 47% of the country may not pay taxes and 46 million people may be on food stamps, I have a hard time believing that most of those people wouldn’t want to prosper.  I’m sure there are some that have an entitlement mentality and enjoy the system. However, I believe there are many more that have humility on the system and are only waiting for a break to get out.  Do you want an opportunity to do better, make more, live larger?  Or do you want someone to dictate to you how your life needs to be lived?  Just look at New York and Mayor Bloomberg.  He has banned large soda and is currently locking up baby formula to force mothers to nurse. Do you still believe in the American dream?  Did you ever believe?  Or are you too envious of those that have already achieved, wanting theirs instead because it’s easier? 

There is a difference between equality and equally poor.  Everyone worries about the middle class, but with socialism...there are no classes. You may look at the things that government controls right now and think to yourself...it doesn’t affect me.  But what happens when it does?  What happens when the decision has been made and you no longer have a voice?  What happens when the government gets so big that your ideology gets lost in the new rules?  Who will you scream to when it’s against your will?  What affects others will eventually affect us all in one way or another. 

As Americans, we are at an impasse.  Which road do we travel?  The road of uncertainty beyond what we’ve seen overseas?  Or do we travel the road that has been paved for us so many years ago?  Have we forgotten those men that laid down their lives in pajamas and untied boots to secure our freedom?  Are we going to ignore the men and women today that carry on the fight to keep our original and amazing nation intact.  Are we so willing to let it go, forgetting those that have already done that deed and sacrificed so much? 

We once declared independence from an over-taxing, unfair and larger than life King. 

 

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.”

 There are no more continents to try again.  We must stay true to our founding.  Indeed my fellow Americans we must set aside our differences for the sake of our country.  This election is not a vote for any man.  It isn’t a vote to save abortion or a vote to demolish it.  It isn’t a vote to create more jobs or keep Medicare intact.  It isn’t whether the Unions will keep their bargaining rights or whether we become Right to Work states.  It isn’t Republicans against Democrats or Liberals, Right or Left wing conspiracies or who landed the best commercial spot this week.  I’m not suggesting some of these things are not important or that we shouldn’t be concerned about their outcomes.  I am merely suggesting there is something bigger to be considered first. 

Because if we fail to recognize it...if we choose to turn our heads and hope it doesn't happen...all of those other things won’t matter.  This is a vote for the foundation of our country.  It's a vote for your voice and mine.  Vote your conscience not your conviction to any particular party.

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jholeton jr October 02, 2012 at 08:29 PM
To: Mrs. Blaisdell Thank you for writing this inspiring letter to the editor.Unfortunately, our country has gotten into this position because the people have forgotten history. Too many Americans believe that it cannot happen here. One day they will wake up & realize that the freedoms that they one possessed are gone. Hopefully, your letter will open the eyes of one person. Unfortunately, that is the best that you & I can hope for!
Karen Blaisdell October 03, 2012 at 12:55 AM
And perhaps that one will open the eyes of another...and so on...and so on...and so on! Thank you kindly for taking the time to read the article, especially for taking the time to respond. If you facebook, please share the article...there's no time to waste! Sincerely,
MsMaidstone October 03, 2012 at 10:45 AM
Thank you Karen I agree with you wholeheartedly and am doing everything I can to make people aware of this.
Mike October 03, 2012 at 12:33 PM
To: Mrs. Blaisdell Wow, its refreshing to hear someone with your wisdom. I wonder what percentage of people watch the debates tonight? Does anyone care? If not what are they basing their vote on?
Chuck October 03, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Thank you for your article. I was skeptical at first by the title, but I quickly saw that I agreed with your point of view. I find it very interesting that so many Hollywood celebrities who benefit from Free Enterprise and Capitalism are supporting a socalist President who is bent on taking from the rich and giving to the poor. I hope that the voters wake up and realize that it will get worse of we give the President more time to "fix this mess" he inherited, then made worse with the Quality, Affordable Health Care Act and the 21 new taxes associate with it.
Karen Blaisdell October 03, 2012 at 05:35 PM
It does my heart good to hear others talk about doing their part. Too often people say they don't care, are tired of hearing it or can't be bothered; but it shouldn't be a bother to educate yourself on your future...the future of our children. You should never get tired of hearing about what your life and your children's lives will be like should things turn in a certain direction. One person CAN make a difference, so thank you for being "one" person. Please take a moment to post this article to your facebook page or share as an email. Sincerely,
Karen Blaisdell October 03, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Thank you kindly Mike. I don't know if I'd call it wisdom, but I'll definitely settle for passion :-) The last I heart 50 million people were scheduled to watch the debates this evening. However, I don't know if that's just in this country or if others who have a vested interest may be included. All it takes is for one to care...it's when nobody cares anymore that we have truly lost! Please take a moment to share this article on your Facebook page or share it as an email. If you Twitter...send a link. Sincerely,
Karen Blaisdell October 03, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Chuck, I'm thankful you hung in there long enough to read it and agree with it. I would agree with your sentiments on Hollywood. I think somehow they believe themselves to be untouchable and that's where the demeanor comes from...they may be the ones with the biggest surprise should they get their way. Please share the article via Facebook...Twitter or Email. Sincerely,
Matthew October 03, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Karen, Thank you for your article, but I just do not understand what it is that you are trying to say - except that you are against socialism because socialism wasn't provided for by the Founding Fathers (who fought against a tyrannical and crazy king). But, I doubt the Founders fought against King George because he was a socialist. As far as I can tell, there is nothing in the Four Documents of Freedom that say anything about socialism or capitalism. All governments are a form of collective action and it may surprise you to know that some people have paid taxes for things that that they will never use. Like dams, parks, roads, schools, police, fire, EMS, ... If anything, the Founders fought against an oligarchy and a company chartered by the king. But now it seems that the British East India Company has been replaced by a new oligarchy that freely takes from the working man and woman and calls it the "free market." As far as your claim that Christianity is under attack, I'll believe that when someone tries to stop me from practicing Christianity. Matt
Julie Abshire October 03, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Thank you for your article Kristin. It is always refreshing to see a new perspective on the Patch, specifically in regards to politics and faith in our nation. I do think that your analysis could be taken a step farther as you seem to get into the depths of examining what faith in a government and system trully means and then you leave us hanging with questions somewhat unanswered. You talk about a quest to see "something bigger" but you actually state the answer in your article "That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it." I am with you Kristin. It is our responsibility as citizens to ask the hard questions and make the hard decisions. We must be informed and draw our own conclusions without influence of political party lines, fancy commercials or political promises.
Julie Abshire October 03, 2012 at 06:55 PM
That would be a comment for Karen, not Kristin! (geez!)
Mike Reno October 03, 2012 at 07:42 PM
As I was reading your fine essay, and was contemplating your point about an impasse, this came to mind (disputed) from Alexander Tyler: "A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over lousy fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average of the world's great civilizations before they decline has been 200 years. These nations have progressed in this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; from faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to Complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependency; from dependency back again to bondage." What stage to you believe we are in?
Keith Best October 03, 2012 at 09:18 PM
The GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of this country was recently downgraded to 1.3%. This is abysmal. The upcoming jobs report will show America to have a 44th month of unemployment over 8%. When you figure in those that have given up looking for work, it's closer to 19%. THAT is abysmal. Median Family Income has dropped $4,000 under Obama. More people are out of work now then when Obama took office. The above are the facts. Why are some Americans continuing to support a president who's only experience was as a US Senator in his first term, who spent most of that first term running for higher office. Before that he was a state senator in his first term who voted "present" over 100 times instead of a yea or nay vote. Romney has run a business, a successful Olympics and a state. One has "Executive Experience" , the other is still trying to figure out what that is after almost 4 years.
Karen Blaisdell October 04, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Matt, I am sorry that the meaning for you was lost in my rather wordy selection. In less words, we have been a Capitalist country and the last four years have pushed us closer and closer to socialism. I merely wanted people to know that our votes should be based more on that thought process and less on the things we normally argue about. I'm sorry that you see our taxes for infrastructure and safety the same as taxes to create dependency. I'm equally sorry that you do not see the fight with Christianity, but that is another article in and of itself...which incidentally is coming so I hope you'll read it! Sincerely,
Karen Blaisdell October 04, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Julie, Thanks for taking the time to respond and a pleasure to see someone else who "gets" it and is with me! P.S. Kristen/Karen...what's the difference ;) Sincerely,
Karen Blaisdell October 04, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Mike, Thank you for your eloquent and thought provoking comment. It is my believe, we are in dependency and quickly working our way into bondage...should this country be more dependent than independent...bondage it will be! My only question is...what happens with those who refuse bondage? Do they fight those that would have them bound? Sincerely,
Karen Blaisdell October 04, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Keith, Thank you for your response. It is extremely disheartening to look at those statistics and realize we are talking about America, but your statements and statistics are accurate. It's important people educate themselves on what's really going on in our country! Sincerely,
SharonP October 07, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Romeny and Obama are both just puppets of corporate America. I don't think this country will pull up out of its nose dive until someone who is NOT desperate to become President leads this country. George Washington did not want to be President. Politics were not a career for Washington. He took the job because it was the right thing to do. Romney is so desperate to be President he's spend tens of millions of his own money and half a decade running for the oval office. Obama is so desperate to win over moderate Republicans that his policies have actually angered Democrats for being too appeasing to the right. I think Presidential candidates should be forced by law to serve on the front lines the moment they leave office. 4 years in office = 2 years dodging friendly fire. Then we'll see just how badly these mortal men want to be rulers.
Master Chief RET October 14, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Karen, when you step up and raise your right hand and repeat what the officer say's to you. You will defend the constitution of the United States of America so help me GOD . This tells it all.
Master Chief RET October 14, 2012 at 04:17 PM
To all I have defended the Constitution of the United States of America. My firm belief is you all have the right of freedom of speech. When your inducted in to the Armed Services of the United States of America the induction officer tell you to step forward raise your right hand and says repeat after me you are to defend the Constitution of the United States of America so help me GOD this says it all.
Bonnie October 15, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Just read your essay today. You are one smart young woman! I totally agree and have shared this essay on FB. I wish more people would look at the whole picture like you have done.
Karen Blaisdell October 15, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Sharon, I understand your frustration. Perhaps, however, Romney is just that passionate about this country and believes his ideas can make the difference this country so desperately needs. Interestingly, George Washington was offered $25,000 for his annual income to be President; a handsome sum especially in those times, but he declined saying he was wealthy enough. The men in Congress insisted, fearing that only wealthy men would be suitable for the office if he set that precedent, I wonder how many were only worried they would be expected to do the same? Did you know that Governor Romney does not want a paycheck if he serves as President? He says he is wealthy enough. Perhaps he is George Washington reincarnate...one can only hope!
Karen Blaisdell October 15, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Master Chief RET My only appropriate response is to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for your service! Sincerely,
Karen Blaisdell October 15, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Bonnie, Thank you so much for your response and for sharing. The only way for people to look at it from a different perspective is to give them one and hope they see it before Nov. 6th so I appreciate you spreading the word! Sincerely,
The Dutchess of Royal Oak November 02, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Master Chief of Jingoism!

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