A person’s word is sometimes all he or she has. Even a homeless person has value – his word. Granted, he may be a liar and a thief and his word to some may not garner much in the bartering war that goes on daily amongst those unfortunates that struggle to merely survive another 24 hours on the mean streets.
Children learn their words from teachers, their parenting figures, each other and television, radio and electronic games. Frequently, these words are good and stay with them as foundations for their growing personalities and psyches. However, just as frequently, some of these words are detrimental to their fragile foundations and they fester, sometimes lying deeply within them until a moment when something triggers an alert that causes a meltdown within them; all hell breaks loose, and everybody turns to each other with incredulity and cries of indignity and questions of why!
Principles are the cornerstones of what kind of words children develop as their own in life. I’ve known people from many walks of life and from many countries. Amazingly, the ones that seemed more open and honest with well-developed principles, those that would give you their last US dollar if you truly needed it, were not from the US! Isn’t that weird?
Before I start getting hate mail, let me also say that there are thousands of US citizens who are just as generous and principled. The ratio seems to be so lopsided in our country, however, and it is disheartening. I believe that part of the problem stems from those that we are supposed to look up to for guidance and support, those we elected in public service, those in government, from local to national to federal. Everyday, the political dance-offs in Washington continue to confound and confirm to the American people who the powers that be do not seem to have our best interests at heart. In other words, their principles are lacking.
The kicker for me was yesterday when I discovered that children of Congress and its staffers are not required to repay student loans! This is a travesty; **but it only takes 38 out of 50 states to convene a constitutional convention. Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution: “Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States .”
For too long we have been too complacent about the workings of Congress. Many citizens had no idea that members of Congress could retire with the same pay after only one term, that they specifically exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed (such as being exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment) while ordinary citizens must live under those laws. The latest is to exempt themselves from the Healthcare Reform… in all of its forms. Somehow, that doesn’t seem logical. We do not have an elite that is above the law. I truly don’t care if they are Democrat, Republican, Independent or whatever. The self-serving must stop. **
**This verbiage was taken from a Facebook posting received from ACTOFCOURAGE; let’s hope that it reaches all FB page owners with principles who will carry it forward.
Everybody complains about the government, yet, nobody does anything to try to make positive changes. It’s easier to bitch and moan about something and feel like you’ve done your civic duty. Well, I have decided that, although I am an unemployed 64-year old, soon to be 65 – yes I said it – but I’m not dead, damn it, my mind works just fine, I have to do something other than just bitch and moan. I don’t know what it’s going to be at this time; I just know that I have to do my part. I don’t want my grandsons to look at me one day and ask why I didn’t do more to make a positive change in their lifetime.
I want them to know that their Gramma Ally has principles and that her word counts for something good.