A Letter to Citizens

Dear People:

Dear common folk, who get up, go to work or school; who take care of the home and family:

Know that you matter today.  Understand that your actions are important.

We need you.

We need you to join wth us, speak up, stand for what is right.

Vulnerable people need you to stand with them, proecting, support, advocating…

 

I called this blog “Patriotsvoiceblog” because of a statement by Barack Obama, that we are all patriots.  I could have called it citizensvoice, but you get my point:  Each person builds a nation.

 

Stand up;

Take courage;

Be heard today.

 

With honor,

Lifehelps

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Take Back the Power…

…Raise the Standard

The notion that our government is “Of the people, for the people.”  is basically obselete.

Because our choice for the Presidency and Congress is limited to people who have the money, standing and ambition, we don’t really get much of a selection.

Can we turn that around at all?  If so, how?

I don’t have the answers, but I really want a change; I don’t want to be in the position of choosing between two candidates that are more or less undesirable.  And who did we end up with?  Someone who does not represent the majority of Americans at all!
“Our Revolution” has some good ideas and may help to turn the tide in a number of ways; however, they are pretty much deciding the agenda, while they solicit donations from the general population without listening to them.

Somehow, we need to find our voice.  We need to take back the power that our forefathers intended for us and we need to raise the standard.

A piece of the solution is to start locally.  That is where each person has the most impact, from writing to the editor of the newspaper to supporting qualified candidates.

Next, I wonder if writing to larger media outlets would make a difference.
Then, there’s becoming active in a political party or movement, if you have the energy for it.
Writing to representatives and senators never hurts, although I’m not convinced it helps all that much either….okay, a little cynical.

Any ideas on this?  How do we have a better election next time?

What Is Your Top Issue?

Regardless of where you live, there are matters that really have priority:

Wages

Taxes

Education

Medical care

Human services

Poverty relief

Environmental quality

Safety

Equal rights

Cost of living

Fairness in government

And more

 

I have always cringed when I ear politicians say, “That’s what the American people want!”  Like they have listened long enough to know.  Almost always, it is quite different from anything on my wish list.

 

What issues are important to you?  If you could put one thing before leaders, what would it be?

 

 

 

 

Leadership

I have been thinking about my own question, “What does leadership mean to you?”

At the top of my list is integrity.  I don’t care whether we agree on all topics; I do want truth and honesty; otherwise, I will not be able to trust that leader.
Next, I want someone who brings out the best in people; who strengthens and builds up the nation.
A lady or gentleman makes points with me:  Someone who honors and respects others.
Someone who cares enough to know what really matters to the people and works for the welfare of his or her nation is on my list as well:  It’s a little hard to lead well without this.

What is on your list?

This may seem frivolous, but I believe that we need to lay hold of these priorities if we are to choose our leaders well.

Who Would You Choose?

Who do you want to be President of the United States in the 2020 election?  Why?  What do you look for in leadership?

Here are a few “pump primers” for you:

Elizabeth Warren

Mario Rubio

Michelle Obama

John Kerry

Admittedly, each of these people is associated with a major political party.  Your choice may or may not be.

Welcome!

I am writing this two days after the end of the most contentious, difficult election of my lifetime for sure, possibly in the entire history of the United States.  I could spend plenty of time commenting on candidates, issues and all of that, but I think we have heard quite enough!

 

What has my attention is this:  We the people need to have a much stronger voice.

 

AT this point, we sort of get swept along, being left with choices that we don’t really want to make.

 

Oh, there’s Bernie Sander’s “Our Revolution,” which has merit; but the common person doesn’t have a say in the agenda or issues to be addressed.

 

We can contact representatives, senators and the White House, but again, we don’t really get heard.

 

So this is my attempt to give everyone who wants to express opinions, ask questions or make suggestions a chance to speak and be heard.

 

I do have a couple of simple ground rules:

 

  1.  Please refrain from name calling, profanity, insulting others who comment or advertising.  In other words, please be respectful.  If your post is offensive, I’ll remove it.
  2. Please be constructive.  If I get suggestions and ideas that are noteworthy, I’ll pass them on to appropriate parties.
  3. Please be patient.  I try to answer comments, but there is more to my life than blogging.

 

Thank you for participating; have a powerful, encouraging visit.