In our country alone, we’re already facing multiple problems for which there’s no easy solutions – including the economic crisis that affected the world roughly four years ago. And yet, there’s one problem that’s existed for a long time – and may bring down the United States for good unless it’s solved: namely, getting liberal and conservative politicians in our country’s government to work together and solve the problems that are already plaguing our country.
Of course, even in this presidential election year, it’s difficult to get U.S. politicians on both sides of the political spectrum to work together on solving the problems that do affect us on a daily basis. Part of the problem lies with the professional egos of many U.S. politicians – and not just liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans – that, more often than not, get in the way of performing the jobs that they were elected to do (and made worse to a certain degree by certain immoral lobbyists convincing certain politicians to see things their way, further damaging their professional prestige). And as history’s already proven, many egos have proven to be very destructive, doing far more damage to civilizations in the long run than just weapons of war – partly because the needs of the people mattered less than personal power (which, alas, still exists in certain countries throughout the world today, including Iran).
And the more egotistical of the liberal and conservative journalists in the United States really aren’t helping matters much – mainly because they’re more concerned with gaining both attention and personal power, not to mention cashing their hefty paychecks every week, which might not help them in the long run. And especially if many Americans smarten up and end up stop listening to them, seeing them for who they really are – much like Larry “Lonesome” Rhoades (Andy Griffith) was revealed as an overall egotist on national TV in A Face In The Crowd (1957). The journalists whom I’m referring to may have the right to practice free speech – but even that right has its limits. And when you go too far using the kind of free speech that doesn’t do anyone any good – the consequences can be damaging in the long run, and leading Americans to question our country’s principles and how they ended up getting screwed in more ways than one.
There are many problems in the world that directly (and indirectly) affect America today – but political rivalries and personal jealousy aren’t going to help things get better and solve what truly matters, a fact that many politicians currently on the campaign trail should damn well remember. Otherwise, their careers and reputations won’t mean much in the long run – and not just from a historical perspective. Unless things change for the better, America will be defeated – not by any external threats, but from within. And that’s the last thing that anyone really needs – including us Americans.
John Lavernoich is the author of the novels Code Name: Chameleons and Chameleons To The Rescue, as well as various non-fiction articles and short stories that have been published in print and on the Internet — to learn more about Mr. Lavernoich and his writing achievements, please visit his official website (http://johnlavernoich.sharepoint.com), as well as his pages on Windows Live Spaces (http://cid-ef88d131988ab38f.profile.live.com), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/john.lavernoich?ref=name), MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/jlavernoich), Twitter (http://twitter.com/JLav65), and WordPress (https://johnlav.wordpress.com). Mr. Lavernoich also maintains his own video channel on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/JLav65?feature=mhsn) as well as his own Author Spotlight page on Lulu Books‘ website (http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/Highroad).
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