The Republican Agenda represents outdated Values and Ideology that no longer serves our diverse country as we confront 21st century challenges
By: Eric J. Safranek
“I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States...
These are the opening words to an Oath that every US President, Senator, Congressperson and member of our Armed Forces recites
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
The Preamble to the US Constitution as it lays out the intentions of our Constitution
As a Nation we have lost sight of the vision initially intended to guide us toward a “more perfect Union”. Considering it was written at a time when Women were void of Rights and Africans were shipped to our Country as Slaves (only to be viewed as three-fifths of a third-class person later) perhaps, it was never intended to represent us all equally. However you choose to interpret the above words or the overall intentions of our Founding Fathers, it is imperative that we as a collective, move forward together, to make the necessary improvements to our culture, our laws, and our behaviors, in an effort to create a more perfect Union that adapts to modern day challenges, which truly benefits ALL of our Citizens.
Over the past 233 years, since its signing, we have continually updated our Constitution to meet new changes, challenges and technology. A pattern emerges of slow adaptation, which has always lagged far behind the need for said changes — this becomes even more obvious now, during a time of exponential advancements across the board. Just as we all continually seek out better, safer, more efficient technology; we should enthusiastically seek out similar improvements to our society.
The Police Officers who stood aside as they witnessed one of their own murder an American, (George Floyd) are just as guilty as the Republican Congressmen who continue to stay on the sidelines. They fail to stand up, oppose, speak out against, or take action against Trump’s incessant crimes and calls for violence. Possibly due to a fear of retaliation from their own Party, from the Radicalized Right, or from this President himself; our Republican Congress and Governors have enabled Trump and supported his actions. This Administration, The Republicans who refused to oppose it, and the Citizens that continue to support it, all have blood on their hands, and No Republicans have shown the necessary Courage or Leadership to govern our diverse nation, in any capacity, moving forward.
The Republican Party does not represent our country Fundamentally or Demographically. Both political parties are desperately in need of fresh blood, new perspectives and new leadership, (just as America is in need of additional Political Parties to address the diversity of our citizens.) But it is the selfish “survival of the fittest” Republican attitude that continues to divide us. As we have learned through team sports, one player cannot win a game by himself… it takes the efforts of everyone on the team. Those who are religious, are instilled with a belief in helping those in need… and we currently have more than half our country in desperate need of our help, in one way or another.
Solutions… What Can We Do?
Ask more questions… Ask better questions… Listen. Is this a Right and Moral Response? This is a litmus test in which many of our policies and practices continually fail. Confederate Flags, Statues and mementos of our racist history should not be celebrated outdoors, but instead secured within museums to serve as cautionary reminders of our country’s past transgressions.
We face an uncertain future of fewer jobs, more health concerns, greater threats, and modern issues that simply cannot be resolved by 20th century approaches. The solutions we seek lie in creating A More Perfect Union which benefits us ALL, and the path forward is Together.
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Eric J. Safranek