Wednesday, February 12, 2003

What exactly is the United States of America?

Here we are on the verge of a just war, and we are re-affirming what exactly is the USA and our relationship to other nations. But before we can re-establish that external relationship, I think we need to re-examine our internal relationships.

We are the United States of America, each state a component as part of a joint effort to have a free nation or land to live our lives as free as we can be, free from all the problems caused by tyrannies in other countries.

There was financial, religious, racial and a vast variety of persecution going on in other countries during the time of the formation of the country we call America. All of our ancestors came here for a hope of a new world that they can find some freedom and a home to raise their children in safety.

We had seen how all the other nations form of governments worked and more specifically not worked, and we wanted to be a government, by the people and for the people.

That very statement is so simple and yet so profound, I want to say it again. By the People, for the People.

What does that mean?

To me it means, that anyone of any adult age, can assume the responsibility for helping to run the government at any level. But just because you are not a government worker or elected official, mean you have no responsibilities.

Since governmental organizations and structures have such patterns for growing bureaucracies, it behooves us the people to help the keep government on focus, as to exactly what we need from it, and no more.

The government we have, is by our choice. So if there is a problem, either do something about it, or stop whining.

We are each state as participants in a union. So each state governs itself, and the federal government is there to protect us as a whole, and help bring arbitration to any issue between members.

So each element of the USA government has a specific role and job, anything beyond that is unnecessary and a waste of time and money.

Let's go over at least in my mind what our roles are.

As citizens we have the responsibilities for voting, paying taxes, paying our bills, and being responsible in the raising of our children.

As state, local, regional government, we have limited specific goals, jobs and budget to help facilitate the growth of businesses and homes in our area. We do this thru lowering taxes, and de-regulating. And to enact experiments to help improve the functioning of the government and enforce the responsibilities of the citizens.

The federal government is there to help deal with inter-state issues, and to encourage the growth of the nation, not thru new laws, regulations and taxes, but learn from the experimentation on the state /local levels and keep focusing on more cost effective, protecting us as a nation. That's about it.

Am I missing anything?