Reconcile America

At the end of this sentence, I would like you to close your eyes for 30 seconds and direct your thoughts on the word FIGHT.

What did you think of or see? Was it people trying to harm one another as in a struggle or battle? Did you see two people arguing with one another as in raising each other’s voices and eliminating all opportunity to listen to one another? The word fight conjures different meanings to different people.

According to Merriam-Webster FIGHT as a transitive verb means “to attempt to prevent the success or effectiveness of.” Fight as a verb also means “to use weapons or physical force to try to hurt someone, to defeat an enemy, etc.”

Now, I want you to close your eyes for 30 seconds again and this time direct your thoughts on the word GOVERNMENT. Please do so now.

What did you think or see? Did you picture an assembly of men and women from diverse backgrounds operating to establish positive outcomes for the people they represent? Or did you picture an assembly of men and women yelling over one another with the hope to attain power over the other?

Merriam-Webster’s definition (picture) of a GOVERNMENT is the group of people who control and make decisions for a country, state, etc.

America is a body of over 300,000,000 people whose Legislative Branch of government consists of 535 people: 435 members of the House of Representatives and 100 Senators. Less than one percent of our entire population is responsible for making laws for the betterment of our society.

Unfortunately, rather than concentrating on making decisions for our country, our legislation is in a self-proclaimed fight against one another. Campaign ads display candidates who vow to fight if they are elected. The fight they refer to is a battle against one another.

The one percent has become completely divided from one another. Publicly, we have Democrats blaming Republicans, and Republicans blaming Democrats for the “fight.” With all of the noise being created, we are forgetting we are one people. Our Pledge of Allegiance reminds us we are “one nation indivisible.” Indivisible, not divided. Together we stand, divided we fall.

It is time for our government to start making decisions for our country that reconciles the American people. You can help. I encourage you to send an email to any legislative member and ask him or her to stop “fighting” and start reconciling America today. Email addresses may be found at the following link: http://www.usa.gov/contact/Elected.shtml.

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