Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Declaration of Responsibility

We've been raised on the importance of our Declaration of Independence, as our stance of not being dependent on other nations, and to declare our freedoms. This was great, and is part of our national heritage.

But as our national character has changed, I think it's time for a new declaration, a declaration of responsibility.....

We are all so tired of the degradation of our families, neighborhoods, cities, states and country, that in order to rectify it, we need some changes.

The country was founded to be run by the people, for the people. Which is great for giving citizen's rights, and select powers to those in office and governmental positions. But what about Citizen Responsibilities?

Have we forgotten all that we lost, in order to gain our rights, only to turn our country into just another degenerate european country, that has falled into corruption, and building and peoples that are just falling apart?

Well I think it's a time for a change, an improvement.

Our own parent's have caused us conservatives, to idolize the 1950's, there were some great and some horrible times. But we must move forward, have new ideas, new visions, new plateaus to conquer.

In order for our country to have great leaders, we must again, become a great nation of responsible citizens.

It's been to easy to be lazy, and just let everything go to heck, well let's wake up, and get started on our work....

It's sort of like the feeling of a new father/mother or husband/wife, realizing that not only does he/she have the responsbility for the work at job, but also has responsibilities at home, to take care of the kids, pay the bills, take the trash out, etc....

Now we must gradually assume new responsibilities, in the following declaration. I only pray that God loves my words and that I can only aim towards Thomas Jefferson's standards.

Declaration of Responsibility

We the people, run this fine nation, from fast food workers to ceo's. We are the fuel that makes this country work from day to night, etc.

We may be a nation of great workers, but are we a nation of great citizens?

We formed this nation to be free, freedom from tyranny of economy, religion and spirit. To find new frontiers where by our own efforts create a better home and world for our own children. Isn't that at heart, the foundation of the American Dream? To create a better world for our children.

We have all these great rights that protect us from each other, criminals and all those who would abuse or tormet us.

But what have we done to pay for those rights?

Is it enough to just pay your taxes and vote regularly, is that a full payment of your rights to be a citizen?

I say no!

If you can look around your neighborhood, either as a home-owner, or renter, and:

1. Do not know any of your neighbors, or meet with them on regular basis.
2. Ignore any of the trash on the streets, or graffiti on the walls, because you are afraid
3. Do not even take care of your place, to show that you take pride in your home.

There is this mental picture that to be a cooperative neighbor, like Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, means you are a mentally challenged person. That is not true.

If we want a better world, how can we dare make that happen, unless we start by having better neighborhoods?

We have in the Bill of Rights a list of rights, now I declare a Bill of Responsibilities.

Bill of Responsibilities

1. We are responsible for visiting with all our neighbors at least once every 2-3 months. Getting to know your neighbors, will create that cooperative willingness to look after each other, to protect, to create a friendlier and safer environment for you and your kids.
2. You must have a clean home inside and outside, we're not asking for perfection, but that it is sanitized, reasonably clean lawns, and drive-ways. Do this not for us, do this to become an example of a good parent, a good homeowner. You wonder why so many kids have bad habits in cleaning up their own rooms, when we do not really take care of our own homes so well?
3. We must set educational expectations for all our kids, that they can not leave home, until they can prove they can read, write and do math. We do not need to have college educated children, but we must have educated children, whether it be home-schooled, private or public schools.
4. We must make an effort to smile more, say hello to people we meet on the street. Wouldn't you rather have a 1000 smiling hello's than 1000 people afraid of being victims, or too hurried to even enjoy beautiful days?
5. We must visually and emotionally demonstrate our pride for our neighborhoods, cities, states and country. You are more than entitled to disagree, or to urge differente economical paths, but as President George W. Bush says, you are either with us, as a nation of American's, or against us. For example, if you are against the war, that's fine, but you must still support the troops, understand the distinction.
6. Have neighborhood charity programs where you run events to raise money, or do activities to improve the quality of life.
7. Support your Fire, Police, National Guard and Armed Forces. We know when they make mistakes, but how often do we give them recognition for when they do good. Please let us give back to the people who everyday protect us!
8. Treat all government programs, as money coming directly from your pocket, too often we have distanced ourselves from who the source of these free money giveaways, such as those advertised by Matthew Lesko. The government does nothing to earn money, except by collecting money to pay for programs, defense, organizations. It's your money not the governments, so less taxes, means we can keep more, and spend it where we choose.
9. Respect the Congress, Senate, Judicial and Presidency. Treat it with honor and respect the position deserves. You can still vote/not vote for people, but it's time we showed respect for those people, who everyday work to create a smoother running government. And maybe if we showed up enough times, they'd be more motivated to make it better for our individual needs as well.
10. Run for local government offices, if we don't like how things are run, then run for office.

Regarding number 10, I have two great stories to tell.

For example, former actor/singer Sonny Bono entered politics after experiencing great frustration with local government bureaucracy in trying to open a restaurant in Palm Springs, California. With local conservative talk radio host Marshall Gilbert as his campaign manager (and later as the godfather of his two children by his new wife), Bono placed a successful bid to become the new mayor of Palm Springs. He was instrumental in making the city more business-friendly and for spearheading the creation of the Nortel Palm Springs International Film Festival, now held each year in Bono's honor. After unsuccessfully running for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 1992, Bono was elected to the United States Congress in 1994 to represent the 44th Congressional District of California. He introduced the controversial Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act during his tenure to benefit the music industry and also championed the restoration of the Salton Sea, bringing the giant lake's plight to national attention. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich made a public appearance and speech at the shore of the lake on Bono's behalf.

And then there's former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, he got interested as a child into politics, because there was this zoo that wasn't doing things right, so he went to City Hall, and got involved to make things better.

From top to bottom, what makes this nation great are it's people, it's not the dollar value, it's not our technology, it's not what party we belong to. It's the people with our desire to have a common bond, to unite us as one nation under God.

The old melting pot story, we keep all our heritage, but to enable us to work together, we use a common language, english, and each of us works hard to put food on the plate, raise our kids right and create a better world for our kids, then what we had.

The last thing I say, is that no money, nothing can take away from the values of character and integrity, it's one of the things that makes American's so interesting.

So let's work together as one nation, to make our families, neighborhoods, cities, town, states and country the best place it can be.

After all, there's no one else who will, and are you really happy with the way things are?

God Bless all of you..