Change the Direction of our Country

Much has been said about changing the direction the country is headed, recent polls show that a large majority of the American people believe the country is and has been headed in the wrong direction for quite some time.
This is a problem that has developed over the last several decades and as a result there is no fast fix. Thankfully, because of the internet, and the easy access to information, more and more people are becoming interested in the political future of their nation and realize that something must be done in order to protect our freedom and capitalistic way of life.

This is all well and good and is the way it should be, our government was formed to provide for government by the people, not special interest groups. The quick fix to saving our way of life is to get involved and stay informed. Thankfully the Tea Party is providing a way to counteract some of the disgusting things going on in Washington.

This will only last so long, sooner or later the people involved in rectifying things will be getting older and unable to carry the ball.
Sooner or later the youth will take over. Regretfully, many of them have been misinformed and thereby don’t understand the way life and our country works.

They have grown up in an entitlement society, this has been brought on not only by the liberal left trying to convince them that government can provide all their wants and needs, but also by organized labor and private enterprise providing them everything one would want as far as money and benefits, including health care.

The idea that one could reap many benefits by working for someone else isn’t all bad. There is nothing wrong with employees sharing in the wealth a company enjoys because the employees have given much in time , effort and creativity, thereby providing much opportunity for the economic growth of the employer.

However because of this, an atmosphere of dependency has been created. Today in many cases it is now easier and more profitable to work for someone else than to start one’s own business. With all the taxes and regulations imposed by the government, a hostile environment has been created.

Much of this has been intentional by elected  government officials, the more dependent we are on them, the more likely we will elect them back into office, and it is only natural for most people to take the easy way out and seek the path of least resistance.

The problem now is the path of least resistance has now become a very rocky road. People have come to believe they deserve something for nothing, and that all of big business is evil.This needs to change.

The only long term solution is to start educating our children in the proper role of government and business. This has to start at home and in the schools. At this stage of the game it won’t be easy. Many educators now believe that socialism is the answer to all our problems and they have forgotten the basic principles of the founding of our country.

We need to have school choice, whereby if a parent didn’t like the things his child was being taught, the children could be sent to another school. Create competition among the schools, there is money attached to the backs of each child. If the schools have to compete for these dollars, they will improve.

In the early days of this country, a lot of schooling was provided by religious organizations. There are downfalls to this plan, but it would probably work better than the present system.The schools have gotten too large, when any organization gets too large, it becomes wasteful and corrupt.

Our country was founded on the principle that we keep government out of religion, not religion out of government. Myself, when I was in elementary school, the whole school went to church for an hour on Friday afternoon. We had three choices, Catholic, Baptist and Lutheran, the only three churches in town.  This was a good thing, as for many students, this was their only chance to learn moral principles, as some of  their parents had none.

I think this can be proven, I contend that most small rural schools provide a much better learning environment and education than their counterparts in the larger cities. When schools are smaller, it creates a more personal environment and the learning can be more hands on, smaller class sizes aren’t that important, what is important is discipline and self control.

Only when students no longer feel like a number and realize their opinion does mean something, they begin to realize there is a better way than having someone supply all your wants and needs. There is something to be said for self reliance.

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The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

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