Is the American experiment in self government a failure? If yes, it’s because We the People grew remiss in our responsibility to guard our liberty. We voted for politicians who surrendered their obligation to care for our constitutional republic, and we gave it to unelected bureaucrats.
If not, we consider the daily misuse of our liberty typical for a large country. We “feel” that this will all work out in our best interests because we seem to remember that it always works out for America.
However, it’s hard to see how this will all work out for America’s good when our country now experiences behaviors like these with regularity:
- openly stealing volumes of merchandise from shops
- closing major retailers in large cities due to crime
- thousands crossing the border without being adequately vetted
- burning, looting, and destruction when people are dissatisfied
- allowing criminal activity to go unpunished for some people, but not others
Reading this short list does not inspire confidence that we are a self governing people. Instead, it looks more like anarchy than a constitutional republic.
So, is the American experiment in self government a failure? I wouldn’t write us off yet. There are some steps that concerned citizens will need to take like:
- Voting: Make a plan to vote absentee or in person. This is huge!
- Conversations: Talk to other like-minded Americans who share concerns about losing self government and trading it in for a dictatorship. We can’t cherish liberty in secret. Freedom affects us all.
- Study self government’s requirement of moral behavior.
- Agree on the definition of basic moral behaviors. For example, stealing is theft. Lying is wrong. So is murder, unjust, selfish gain, abuse of authority, and negligence. Undoubtedly, the United States would have to raise the bar and return to when Americans recognized the necessity for moral behavior standards to remain free. It’s not too late to decide to take personal action to vote responsibly, converse regularly, read more, and raise the bar on behavioral expectations.
As for me, I am setting up a meeting with three other women to talk specifically about self government. I’m reading more about what our nation was intended to be and consuming information from journalists who think the same way. I’m vetting the candidates who are entering the 2024 presidential race. Finally, I’m meditating daily on my behavior and leveling up my actions.
We all can do better to return our nation to successful self government. We need to reclaim our birthright as a free-born people.
This is Common Sense Civics and Citizenship. 🇺🇸
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