I am extremely patriotic. I love my country and I am proud to be part of the most amazing country on the earth. I feel blessed to live where I do. Heck, I even tear up at the 4th of July parades. Today, though, I am ashamed to call myself American.
For those of you who follow politics, and probably even those who don’t, today may end up being a very historic day for our country. The long debated and much touted health care bill is set for pretty much it’s last major vote before it most likely becomes law. I’ve been following the drama for months. Jon, for one, is probably glad it’s almost over so that I will stop talking about it.
I’m a Republican, and not ashamed to admit it. And I’m not a Republican because my parents were or because I live in Texas or because I’m a member of the church. I’m a Republican because I sat down and looked at the issues – not the people or politics – and found that I agree with the conservative philosophy. Watching what is going on in Washington, I am embarrassed for our country.
We have Democratic leaders who long ago forgot what the word “bipartisan” means. Remember the famous maxim, “United We Stand, Divided We Fall”? Apparently our leaders have. We have a president who campaigned on the promise of bringing our country together. Yet, I have never seen the country that I love more divided.
So, we come to health care. For me, the issue isn’t so much about what is actually in the bill. For the most part, I don’t think it’s the end of the world. Sure, there are parts I don’t like, but overall, I think it may do some good.
My issue comes with how this legislation is being passed. You read any article about it and you will inevitably find the phrase “push the legislation” in it. Since when do our politicians get to decide what is best for us? Last I checked, the majority of the country did not want this legislation. Whether that majority is right or wrong, we have a representative government. That means our representatives and senators have a moral obligation to do what their constituents tell them. It has become much more a political game than actually doing what is best for our country. The politicians careers are hinged on this legislation, and they will do almost anything to get it through – not for our benefit, but to save their own careers. You can argue with me if you like, but if they truly wanted what was best, they would stop trying to “push” something through and find something that works for a larger majority of the people.
Now, on the other side, I’m ashamed of the Republicans too. I haven’t heard one constructive thing come from them during this entire time. Instead, their plan seems to be to just say no to everything, regardless of what it is. That is ridiculous. The Republicans throw temper tantrums over every little thing that the Democrats try to do. I am embarrassed by those demonstrating outside the capitol, throwing around racial epithets and screaming. Really? We can’t find a better way to make our viewpoints known? And don’t even get me started on some of the conservative talk show hosts and their downright hateful, mean-spirited attitudes. And if the roles were reversed, I’m sure the Republicans would be using exactly the same tactics the Democrats are.
I think a lot of my frustration comes as I see the Democrats strong-arming those around them to get them to vote. I want a President who doesn’t spend 4 years campaigning, but actually does his job – taking care of the country. Last I checked, we were in a terrible recession and in the middle of 2 wars. It’s not that I don’t think health care reform is important, because I do. It just doesn’t seem to be the biggest concern at the moment – unless you are trying to save your political career. My frustration comes from Republicans who continually whine, but don’t seem to offer any alternative solutions. I want to belong to a party who buckles down and tries to build our country instead of just tearing others down. My frustration comes from leaders – all of them – who are better suited for an elementary playground than in the government of one of the greatest countries on earth.
The sad thing? There’s not much I can do about it. I can vent on my blog, and force all of you to read it. 🙂 And I can sincerely pray that our leaders will get over themselves, start working together and do what is truly best for the American people – whatever that may be.