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Your Children’s Children Will Curse You

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I am resigned to the sad fact that most people will not read this. However, it is my hope that those few who do might have stirred within them thoughts that may lead to a positive influence in others for change.

Our nation is in a time of great discord and divisive rhetoric. One need only watch the news or check their Facebook feed to see that politicians on both sides of the aisle deride the other side as wicked and contemptuous. The Right cry foul against the Left and the Left mock the stagnated ideals of the Right. “Civil Rights” and “Equality” movements have done nothing but drive a wedge between family, friends, and neighbors. “White” and “Black” are words that carry more weight and division than in the previous fifty years of progress, and income inequality looms as the true challenge facing the rising generation, yet our government, bloated beyond all reasonable comprehension, finds new ways to tax us in inexplicable ways.

I can side with neither Republican or Democrat, conservative or liberal, because the platforms of those two parties and respective candidates do nothing but perpetuate vile words against the other, legislative slothfulness, and moral decay in the way of bending to lobbyists and personal agendas. In our great nation we are no longer represented by our respective representatives, rather they play like puppets to the corporate donors while the general population chooses to sit back in uneducated, uninformed, and unilaterally sheep-like ways. If one on the Left dare challenge one on the Right as to why they might defend a certain political position, what they are most likely to receive in return is an egotistical aggrandizement of the others beliefs without thoughtful claims to back them up. So few people stand on educated principles of any kind that there is an entire generation of voters who will bend simply to the recommendation of a catchy YouTube video or Twitter account.

Ours is a sad day.

We need a revolution. A whole hearted, full fledged, true to the definition revolution.

We need this revolution and change in the way we act as individuals, as families, as neighbors, and as an entire society. We need more civility, more kindness, and to be better informed, because, perhaps like never before, the general populous is entirely clueless as to how our government actually works. And then, I pray to God then, when people become informed, there might be a true revolution in the way we vote and the government officials we elect.

We need change, and it’s not the kind that comes in building social welfare programs and debasing others of their hard earned dollars, basic right and civil liberties.

When the First Continental Congress met in the fall of 1774 they met as 56 delegates from 12 colonies in response to the Coercive Acts. The Coercive Acts were passed by the British Parliament in response, and revenge, to the Boston Tea Party. In turn, feeling under represented and overly oppressed, these 56 delegates met to discuss their basic rights and to issue grievances to the British Crown. The Congress, a rag tag group of what most at the time considered radicals, ended up becoming the framework for those who would lead, push, and declare The United States of America as their own sovereign nation less than two years later. As the fall of 1774 turned to winter, the American Colonies were full of mixed feelings. Many felt betrayed by their government. Many wanted to remain loyal, yet yearned for something better, something more. And many, like today, simply did not care. However, the media of the day was hot with debate, with some of the hottest coming as the cold of winter set in.

On the 15th day of December of 1774 a seventeen year old Alexander Hamilton would publish one of his first political pamphlets: A Full Vindication of the Measures of Congress. Some 35 pages long, the pamphlet was written in response to another media spinner of the day who wrote under the pseudonym of A.W. Farmer. You see, the anonymous Mr. Farmer had written a tract which was becoming wide read and popular that season as colonists and New Englanders settled in for the winter. Mr. Farmer’s tract stated simply that the Continental Congress was evil and all loyalty should be paid to the status quo (aka the British Monarchy). The Young Mr. Hamilton’s eloquent response in Full Vindication summarily nullified the fictitious Farmer’s words though, and stated that the Continental Congress, and the Americans in general, should seek for a better way, a new status quo. Hamilton’s response, addressed to his “friends and countrymen” called upon them to recognize their rights while remaining civil in their obedience (or disobedience) to their current government, and to actually wake up and do something.

Alexander Hamilton, much like today, was dealing with political indifference, colonial collusion, and people who wanted change but were too afraid to do something about it. He wrote in part to his friends and countrymen:

“Is it not better, I ask, to suffer a few present inconveniences, than to put yourselves in the way of losing every thing that is precious? Your lives, your property, your religion are all at stake. I do my duty. I warn you of your danger. If you should still be so mad as to bring destruction upon yourselves; if you still neglect what you owe to God and man, you cannot plead ignorance in your excuse. Your consciences will reproach you for your folly; and your children’s children will curse you.”

Today our federal government saves and stores every single digital communication without regard for privacy. Our politicians disregard the law and their own constituents. Taxes are rising, as is inflation, and the middle class is slipping away. Future generations will read their history and wonder how in the world we elected so many corrupt presidents, senators, governors, and others with their evils publicized right before our eyes. Today our Constitution, that sacred standard, is thought of as a thing of naught, and good is called evil while evil is called good.

We are in danger.

The danger is right in front of us.

It is up to us, as individuals and Americans to fix it.

My dear friends and countrymen, we cannot be vindicated in our inaction in allowing the status quo to continue. I cannot bear the thought of the nation and world my children will witness if things do not soon change.

If you and I do not change our children and our children’s children will curse us for the evil of doing nothing and the lack of domestic tranquility which we have fostered for their generations.

Stan Way

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