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April 8, 2014

It is time we take back our country

What ever happened to the America of my youth? That great country that was indeed the jewel of the common person of the world. The country where one could actually, through hard work and industry, make a good living and actually have the OPPORTUNITY of doing better. One could even dream that their hard work would in time allow them the opportunity of making a lot of money. Not all were able to make it big, but everyone had the opportunity to try. Government was much less active in the basic life of its people. It did not regulate things that in reality it had no business regulating. States were much less bound to the Federal Government than today and things tended to run much more smoothly.

People were interested in their life and how government regulation state and federal affected that life. It was understood that there were things that the federal government was responsible for, some the state was, and some you yourself were. We fought in two world wars and was instrumental in winning big both of those huge conflicts. In WWII, we were the arsenal of the free world and were, I feel, very benevolent toward others in our coalition. And after winning that war we learned from our mistakes in WWI and now what were our enemies are now allies and economic competitors. We lived life as we saw fit, not how others felt, we should we had minds of our own and listened, but also were independent and liked it that way.

People voted and were informed by unbiased media that was not in the pocket of any one political party. To vote, we had to show we were actually the right person, the person whose name was on that voting list. Many individuals actually ran for office and most had to figure out how to raise the money to do so without the help of big business or big labor or anyone else, they were their own person. Elected officials seemed to be much more attuned to the needs and requirements of their constituents not those who gave the politician the biggest check.

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