Why we are here

March 27, 2009
By Matt

I would like to start my first post by telling all of you out there reading this just why I and others throughout America beseech you to take part in the political discourse of this country. Personally, I have waited for eight years to get a new president, administration, and general direction in this county’s future.

Surely enough, after some hard work from the Barack Obama campaign of which I assisted the American people got their new president, new administration, and new direction. While I am overjoyed for this change in business as usual, it is important for all of us to remember that while we believe in our new leadership in Washington D.C., it is still our job to ensure that we hold those in power accountable for their actions. It is our job to remind our leaders where the real problems in this country lie. It is our job to ensure that our country is the city on the hill for all nations to look up to and to immolate. This admiration though, cannot come from domination of our neighbors abroad or the suppression of the civil liberties of our neighbors here at home.

One of the most important ideals in American democracy is that of enlightened self-interest, that working together for a group’s own “selfish” interests can be the best way to improve the common good and work to the betterment of society. Some of the most powerful men and women of America right now forget there is more to that definition after their own “selfish” interests. It is up to the people of America to not only remind them that our goal as Americans is to improve the common good, but also to work towards the common good all on our own. Alexis de Tocqueville, during his visit to America and his subsequent book, Democracy in America, comments on the wonder of American democracy, that the people of this country joined together to discuss current issues to form associations that would work towards the betterment of all Americans.

However, in the past few decades we have lost this societal spirit, this sense of community. Robert D. Putnam, a political scientist from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, explained that people have cut themselves off from society at large. When once, men and women would go to bowling alleys after work to meet, converse, and generally associate with their friends and colleagues, they now return to their homes to stare blankly at a television screen being TOLD the facts rather than going to find the facts themselves. That is the wonder and the hope of the new technology that allows me to relate this information to you. Let us make a stand against ignorance and the passive, one-way communication we currently receive. Let us go boldly into the future and remind our elected representatives that they are accountable to us, the people of the United States. Let us take back the power that we all rightfully hold.

Thank You

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