by Karen Bisso
It is clear. We are at a crossroads. Looking back only serves to relive how we got here, intermixed perhaps with smiles as we pause in the memories of happier times when dreams were limitless and the only boundaries were self-imposed. It is important to study this history and I often wonder how it will be recorded? What will that lesson plan look like in high schools across the nation as they add to the American History syllabus The Era of Debt and how will I explain the real story to my grandchildren? “It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. It was power and it was selfishness. This serves to chronicle the darkest of years for the greatest of nations. And so, it begins with greed.”
We can discuss where to cut, what to cut, how to cut and the result of not cutting, but when the moon is contrite and the sun in repose, we all know that no cutting will even remotely lay to peace the burdens of this nation. As long as POLITICS grows and public service struggles to catch hold, our future continues to be in the hands of vitriolic men whose platitudes no longer satisfy the educated masses. Having said that, I continue to be wrought with idealism and hope that men and women live with freedom and liberty in their soul and find it in their hearts to dedicate the energy and time necessary to fight for our future. Mike, Ted, Chris and many others, you are at that place and I can only hope that there are many more who join in your passion.
When a country suffers its people into dependency, robs its fathers of their pride in employment, educates its children into acceptance and bridles the dreams of its future generations, how then can it recover? It seems hopeless, yet those who created this nation faced more and stood firm for Providence. We are their sons and daughters.
I agree that we must make cuts…..cuts which will hurt. Our defense is paramount to our stability as the ruler of the free world and while there are areas where cuts can take place without compromising our program, our politicians instead rack fear in our servicemen and women and demonstrate flagrant disregard for respect of our veterans. Their role is doing the tough job of decreasing bureaucracies and mounting precision bullets at an ever enlarging federal government. All programs should be under scrutiny while releasing the shackles on the business world and decreasing regulation so industry returns to our shores. Unions must contemporize. Taxes must be cut and I agree, that this pain now will be supplanted with wealth renewed.
Last, we are stewards of this gift. We cannot let it lie bleeding our hopes and dreams into the hands of those who mean to do us harm. Our system is remarkable. Men and women of integrity, of moral character, of God loving Judeo Christian foundation are ready to serve. We need to recruit instead of managing those who step forward with agenda and who won’t step back with dignity.
Karen Bisso is a teacher in Plattsburgh NY, the TeamWatch Coordinator for NY-23, a contender for the US Senate in 2010, and wife & mother of three wonderful children.