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Sunday, July 09, 2006

AMERICA'S PROMISE



***Boy oh boy! Can you tell that it's election season or what? It looks like the RNC has their operatives out there trying to take down any blog that has anything bad to say about the Republicans! I know that they are trying to take down mine, AGAIN! This is how they get all of the airwaves time. I think that a little criticism never hurt anyone. If they think that this changes people's minds about them, they are wrong. It only makes it worse. I kinda' proves my point about what I have to say about them! I wonder what makes them think that everybody on the Internet reads "only" my blog. This must really have something against me! Enough time wasted on them, let's get right to the story.

This was written by a junior in high school and she makes much more sense than any of these Republican operatives could ever make. I hope that yu enjoy it as much as I did.


AMERICA'S PROMISE

By: CORA FRAZIER
for The Montclair Times


What is America's promise?

Why was this nation the land of opportunity even at a time when much of its future inhabitants could only dream of this strange and wonderful New World!

What attracted the first Americans to our shores? What attracted the ambitious? The enterprising? The persecuted?

It was "freedom"---an emphasis on personal liberty, a rejection of Old World hierarchy and the belief in an equal chance for all.

When forming a new government on a new continent, the first Americans dreamed of a nation set apart and above the rest. They remembered the stifling governments that had come before and dared to declare that there was another way---that government didn't have to vanquish promise---that people could be trusted with self-rule.

They gathered together the embers of what would become a great fire---the flame of the American spirit.

It is our duty as American citizens to sustain the fire our forefathers began nearly two centuries ago.

The first Americans were active in their new government because their freedom depended on it. The Constitution was a truly revolutionary document accompanying a truly revolutionary time in the history of man. The sun was setting on the tired ways of tyranny and rising to greet a great new era---an era in which dignity of every person would be not a privilege but a guarantee.

The document outlined a new kind of state---a democratic republic---at a time when it was commonly accepted that kings were put into power divinely. This document preserved the promise of this young nation when it granted its citizens natural rights. The first American had wrestled from the jaws of oppression hope and faith in human virtue. This document, inspired by enlightened thought, represented everything they believed about government---about what people were capable of achieving.

The world was watching to see what would become of this great social experiment. No one knew whether a government of the people was sustainable. No one knew whether or not the president would size power and become a king. No one knew whether the people would choose the right leaders. In order for this experiment to work, the first Americans had to be vigilant. They had to be informed and quesion the actions of their government or see America's promise slowly fade.

Today we are no longer a young nation. We face new challenges navigated by a new kind of government that our forefathers could not have conceived.

The state has changed, but so have our attitudes. Where is the flame of our revolutionary agitation to self govern? Where is the promise this nation once held? Are we as vigilant as the first Americans?

Ladies and gentlemen, it is our duty as American citizens not only to sustain this great fire, but to rekindle it---to be informed and question those in power---to ensure that the promise of this great nation can be fully realized.

We stand facing this challenge today, ladies and gentlemen, with an advantage. We have inherited the great gift of democracy. We haven't had to earn it. Our forbears handed us freedom when they began our Constitution with the words, "We the People," not "We the Congress," or "We the Judicial Branch," or "I, the President."

It begins "We the People," and our powers are enumerated in it. We have the power, under Article I, Section II, to directly elect members to the House of Representatives. We have the power to directly elect our senators as well under the 17th Amendment. Ladies and gentlemen, we have the power.

But we must do more. Our forbears intended us not to just vote, but to exercise this right to its fullest extent.

Just to vote is not enough. When we blindly vote, we could cast our ballot for a candidate that does not represent our interests. Be informed and question those who ask to govern. Ensure that this right serves the people and not the power hungry. An informed vote can ensure that as John F. Kennedy once said, we use power instead of power using us.

Many think that the fact that we have such a great document at the helm of our government means that the work has already been done.

But the founding fathers didn't have all the answers, and they didn't etch their findings into stone. We can tell that they wanted us to continue the dialogue because they outlined a process to amend the Constitution under Article V and gave us the power to criticize our government under the First Amendment.

They knew that the discussions they began would never be over, but they gave us the power to keep talking, to voice our views. Let us be informed enough to continue this great debate they started---because ideas like democracy and freedom will never be clearly defined. They have to be lived; they have to be argued about; they have to be fought over.

IT IS WHEN WE ARE SILENT THAT THEY CEASE TO EXIST.

What we see today is the flame of the American spirit dying down. We see failures of government on colossal scales. We see patronage in the highest levels of our government contributing to the bungling of the biggest natural disaster our country has seen in a century. We see a deception of the American public about Iraq's possession of weapons of mass destruction and Saddam Hussein's participation in Sept. 11 that resulted in the deaths of over 2,400 valiant young men and women.

These are failures of government, but also failures of democracy---failures of vigilance of individuals that made our nation so full of promise so many years ago.

When Benjamin Franklin was leaving the Constitutional Convention, his friend Elizabeth Powell asked him what sort of government our forbears had conceived.

Franklin answered, "A republic, madam, if you can keep it."

Let us show our founding fathers that even after more than two centuries, we can keep it.

The strength of our democracy depends on the strength of our vigilance. If we asked more of our politicians, not out of partisan suspicions, not as liberals or conservatives, but as thinking American citizens who have been endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, we would get better leaders.

DEMAND BETTER BECAUSE YOU DESERVE BETTER. Be informed about the actions of our government. Feed the burning desire to self govern that exists in every American soul.

FEED IT WITH KNOWLEDGE, INFORMATION AND THE SEARCH FOR THE TRUTH.

BECAUSE WHEN THE QUESTIONING FLAME WITHIN US DIES, DEMOCRACY DIES WITH IT. MAKE SURE YOU ARE HEARD, AND THE BRIGHT PROMISE OF OUR NATION WILL BE REALIZED.

MAKE SURE YOU ARE HEARD, AND THE FLAME OF THE AMERICAN SPIRIT WILL ENDURE.


***And that is just what I intend to be.......HEARD! IT'S MY RIGHT!



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