The following is a Guest Editorial by Jeff Struble, Apache Junction Businessman.
The American society is very interesting when you take time to sit back and watch the different dynamics that take place. It doesn’t matter where you come from or what life experiences you have had growing up. People are generally the same. I propose the thesis that people want to be left alone to do what they want and complain about others trying to change their lives.
It is just like when we were in school. The loudest kid got the attention. Then you had the prettiest girl who everyone thought they wanted to be like. And the most handsome boy who everyone wanted to be like. We all thought because of that they were our leaders. When in reality there was a few individuals who did not get much attention for their looks or loudness that actually did the work and moved things forward. They worked behind the scenes determining our problems, finding solutions and running the school. They were respected by their peers and trusted by the faculty.
This is what we need to be looking for during this election year. We have some very important campaigns that are going to be taking place at all levels: city, school, county, state and federal. Without sounding to overly dramatic, maybe the most important of our lifetimes. I believe the country has been heading down the wrong path for over 100 years. That trajectory needs to change. Some say that it is too late. I disagree very strongly. That being said it will not happen overnight and will probably take more than the rest of my life.
I, for one, am willing to take the first step and take the lead.It starts with our foundation, the US Constitution. It is a magnificent document that needs to be taught to each American, young and old, rich and poor, liberal and conservative. I do not believe that it is an old out of date document. I believe that it is alive, breathing and well suited to handle any issue that may arise during these “modern” times. The people need to read the actual writings of our founding fathers, not the interpretation made by others.
The people need to understand the basis by which it was written. The thought process, the studying of history and the true belief in a divine inspiration.Our forefathers had only one intention, this was to create a country that people would be free to live their lives without tyrannical overlords and oppressive heavy handed leaders. They knew that the people were intelligent enough to take care of themselves. The leaders also knew that they needed to allow room in the constitution for the country to grow. They knew that there were bad things still happening in America, but they also knew that the American people would solve the issues when given the right information, time and motivation.
They knew that the people will accept change when they are a part of the decision making process. During these current times, that is what is driving the people to anger and demonstration. They do not feel like they are in control of their own lives, let alone the country.
On this issue I only blame the people because we have been complacent for the last one hundred years. We have been convinced that we need to be taken care of and be dependent on the government. That the solution is in someone else’s hands. That it is easier to blame someone else for our problems then to take responsibility for our own lives and the country.
And the people we have put in charge are more than willing to let us go on believing just that. It is a vicious cycle.
Okay, I hear you asking. What is the solution?
There are three things that need to be done.
First, the American citizens, and future citizens, need to want to be taught the true history of America and and why it is so important for America to remain independent from other countries.
Second, the people need to elect representative, at all levels, who understand their duties and responsibilities to the people and the country.
Third, the people need to revive the attitude and understanding that it is alright to be proud to be an American and that together we can accomplish anything that is put before us.
This will take a true leader. Someone who will stand up and separate themselves from the pack. This means on all levels: local, county, state and federal.
What do I mean by a leader? That is a person who will create, develop and promote a viable vision. The leader will take responsibility for the problems and failures. The leader will give all the praise and accolades to others when things go right. A leader provides the opportunity and resources for people to work towards the attainment of the vision. A leader does not guarantee success but shows others how to overcome the obstacles and move forward.
When you read this, do you have a person that comes to mind? Is it a local person, state-wide or national? Or is it you? How are you going to move the people forward to making America great again? What can you do to start the process?
Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu said,”the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step”. You need to set a goal, develop a plan, find collaborators and move forward. You will be surprised by how many people you will find doing the same thing and looking for you to help them on their paths.
Then a leader will emerge. Are you willing to take the first step?