I wonder what the responses would look like if I asked random people on the streets what is wrong with our current state of affairs?
It concerns me that people don’t participate in politics and nationalism is branded as a bad thing. Nationalism is what binds a country together, what defines it. If you don’t have some form of nationalism within your nation, then you nation ceases to function as a nation. It becomes a psuedo-oligarchy because when it comes down to it, only a few people make the decisions that affect the majority.
What really bothers me is the amount of people who like to complain about our government, but do nothing to make a difference. If you want something changed, do something about it! Our constitution empowers us to do this, it is our right as Americans. If you don’t take advantage of this, then you are a pretender. You are not American. You may live in America, you may be a citizen (hopefully), but you do not possess any sense of nationalism. You do not identify yourself as a part of something larger. If something in government does not go your way it is because you did not force it to.
How many people actually know the names of their local congressmen? Of their senators?
How many people would take the time to write a letter to them if they did?
Hell, how many people actually vote and pay attention to what and who they are voting for?