It’s become increasingly obvious that so many of our countrymen and our families have no idea what our founders intended when they wrote the Declaration Of Independence and the Constitution. It’s not their fault, it’s the fault of us who raised them, parented them or mentored them. Where did our country lose it’s way, or perhaps I should really ask when did our country lose it’s way? I have to wonder if it was when I sat in an American history class at the University of Maine when I was so young and couldn’t understand why I needed to take this boring class to prepare for a career in education. I marvel at how stupid I was during that time of my life! I’m not saying that I can know what the founders intended but reading the documents with an attitude of wanting to understand is all that is necessary for one to “get it”.
I know it crept upon us when we were complacent, when we still felt a complete trust in the people we elected to represent us. I have no idea when, exactly, we should have realized that those people no longer believed that they had been elected to serve our interests but that they were infinitely more intelligent than the electorate and that they no longer needed to consult us to decide how to write the laws under which we would have to live. The only excuse can be that we were so busy doing our best to provide for our children and to make sure that they had the tools to arrive at adulthood at least as well prepared for life as our own parents had intended for us. I’m not going to apologize for saying that’s not acceptable but for the years I have left on this earth, I am going to do my best to speak up for myself, my children, grandchildren and even the tiny great grandchildren who are yet too small to even really know me or how much I want for them the liberty and freedom I experienced during most of my life. Someone has to tell them all what it was like to be innocent and to trust our government………..that is no longer a luxury that anyone can afford. I don’t know who the person was who first said “trust but verify” but it is vital now as it was not in the innocent past. I do not intend to foist upon my children my own attitudes or interpretations but if asked I will tell them honestly what I think.
I’m not sure if we can reverse what has happened to our country, but we have to try to correct what our inattention has caused. If, after reading this you are not moved to speak up about what you feel our country should be like, that is your prerogative, but at least think about those who will come after you and leave your thoughts concerning our history, current conditions and how you feel about life as it is in these early years of the twenty first century. Perhaps those who come after you will appreciate knowing that you cared about them and wanted for them a life as free from restrictions and burdensome regulation as possible.