After the (expected by many) failure of the Supercommittee, a New York times columnist muses about "who will save us?"
Marco Amaral, a 20-year-old student at the University of California, Berkeley, who has been a protest organizer with Occupy Cal, bemoaned the failure of elected officials to come together in the nation’s time of need. “The failure of the supercommittee does not reflect poorly on Republicans, Democrats or Obama, it reflects poorly on how our system works in general,” he said. “Our democracy isn’t working like it should.”
Half a continent away, some outside the Chicago Board of Trade had a decidedly different worldview but a similar gut reaction. Mark Rosenberg, a 33-year-old trader at Cydonia Capital, summed up the mood this way: “Upstairs, they want to fire everyone in Congress because no one is doing their job.”
“I think the whole situation is nutty,” said Jan O’Connell, a 47-year-old artist from Los Angeles. “Somebody’s got to save us, and if the government can’t, who can?”
Who will save us? Sometimes, we just have to save ourselves.
Live each day in a way that is responsible, giving, admirable and makes the best use of your talents and skills. Be an asset to your community. Do everything you can to try to educate and share your views of what would make a better America to all that you know - without being a nose-in-the-air know-it-all.
With the rights that you have as an American, take your responsibilities seriously. Learn about the issues and the candidates. Demand, in whatever ways you can, that they live up to our Constitution, to our values and freedoms, and that they serve we, the people rather than themselves and their own pocketbooks. Let them know that if they don't do this, they'll be retired - and that you and many others will search for candidates who are willing to be fine political servants.
Easy to do this? Hell, no. But - sometimes you have to save yourself. This would be a good start.