Saturday, June 30, 2012

An Open Letter to America

I don't tend to express political views publically. And, in a way, I'm not going to express them today. I don't expect to change the world with this post, but I hope to get you thinking. I was born and raised in the greatest country in the world. War has seldom been fought on our land. Terror is the exception, and not the rule. America is the place of dreams. This is my home.

I don't care if you're a Republican or Democrat. I don't care if you're Christian or Atheist. I don't care if you're straight or gay. It is because you live in America that you don't have to care either. America was founded on Freedom. Sure, maybe the freedoms were to break away from one religious sect to another, but those freedoms became the groundwork for you and I to choose the life we want to live.

Today our freedom is jeopardy. Our Nation is grave debt. Our government is torn, and focusing on the wrong things. Our people are fighting over issues that have nothing to do with protecting our freedom. Our wars have lost their meaning, and have just become about the next big story. Our focus is lost.

America, now is the time to change – and it starts with you.

The government that was created as "We, the People," has become "they, the government." Our futures are left in the hands of people who are trying to further their career, and not by people who care about you and me.

We live in a selfish America. I'm just as guilty. We live in America that is divided by people who all share a common goal, but think that their way is the only way. Listen, America, we have to work as a team. United we stand, divided we fall. The ground is coming fast, and we are not ready for the impact.

CEOs, Business Owners, Investors: This is your time to help others, and not worry about your personal gain. Look at Walmart, a company that claims it was for America, but buys everything made in China. What happened to all of the business owners who had their stores. These people were sharing their wealth, and now Walmart owns it all.

What about United, American, and Delta? Airlines that are merging to trim expenses, pay less, and increase their bottom line. Don't get me wrong, if you're capable of making millions of dollars, do it! I'm not a socialist, but I believe that those who have should empower those who do not have.

If every CEO found twelve people to train and build up. And each of those twelve founded more companies, and created more jobs. And each of them found twelve more people and did the same thing, wouldn't we be helping our Country?

CEOs, is the savings of sending all of your work overseas worth the cost of destroying our country? I love to find ways to cut costs… but I love my freedom even more.

Gays and Christians, what you fighting about? The problem with Gay Marriage has nothing to do with the United States government, but has everything to do with religion. Marriage has always been a religious institution. And from what I remember, there is supposed to be separation of Church and State in America. Gays, if you want to get married, you need a god who approves it.

Christians. Really? You need to line the streets with stupid signs? Do you think that telling "Fags" that they're "going to Hell" is really the way God intended for you to share His love? I don't think so. Read your Bible. Remember that Jesus spent time with sinners. He loved them, and gave them compassion. It was God who brought Damnation on evil. We are sent to warn and to Love. He is there to pass judgment.

Either way, if both the Gays and the Christians spent as much time and energy as they do fighting each other on things that mattered, don't you think we'd get a lot more done? (As a side note, I am Christian, and I believe that homosexuality is a sin. But I don't believe Christians can change people through hate… Jesus said, "I did not come to this world to condemn it, but to save it." We should follow His example, and love those who do not know Him.)

Government: You have failed us. You have sold your soul to the highest bidder. We, the People, have been forgotten.

America: It is time for us to change. We must unite and fight for our freedom. We must pick ourselves up by the bootstraps. We must help those who want it. We must pour into our economy, and not the economies of our enemies. We must tighten our belts, pay off our debt. We must move our foundation off of the sand, and build it on the Rock. We must stop blaming everyone else for our problems, and start looking for solutions.

We must remember, that only when we are United, do we stand.

But, hey, I'm just some guy who likes to look airplanes, so what do I know?