Friday, October 25, 2013

Guest Blog: The State of the Nation

The following is an essay by a 13 year old youth for his History class. I thought you might find it interesting.....

The United States of America, born from a struggle from a powerful empire, was the most influential nation in the world and continues to attempt to be to this day, founded upon basic principles and rights all people should enjoy. Her idealisms bring immigrants from around the globe to her in flocks, looking for a better life. Yet, deep-rooted problems from within the government so carefully devised by the USA’s founding fathers threaten to undermine the natural rights colonists fought for way back in the 18th century. Such problems are subtle; you will never see them unless you are specifically looking for them. It takes one who scrutinizes the modern situation to see the flaws in the system that politicians exploit regularly and that alienate our natural human rights.

A key point in the Declaration of Independence is that it is the people who are to give the government power. With a population as large as that of the USA’s, however, statistics must be calculated to determine who the people want as representatives. Statistics can be manipulated to support a false conclusion. Gerrymandering is a prime example of this problem.
 
Gerrymandering is the practice of putting votes together so that votes against a politician are put in large clusters and votes for him are spread out; that way, he has the most groups of votes, or often times groups of groups of votes, and wins the election. Over the course of U.S. history, many times those in power that do not like a particular political party or discriminate against a certain part of the population have covertly cut their say on the law in this manner. Perhaps one does not really have as much say on who is representing his opinions as Americans as one would expect…

  “We hold these truths to be self-evident… that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends [to secure the rights of the people], it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it,” wrote Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence. This statement is reflected through the Constitution’s checks and balances; a president may be impeached if two thirds of the House of Representatives and two thirds of the Senate agree. However, a bad president is harder to remove than one would think. One thing the Founding Fathers hadn’t counted on when they wrote the Constitution was politicians around the nation joining political parties large enough to shape U.S. history, faithfully enough that they would put their re-election on the line to support the cause of that party.
 
Impeaching a president of your own party is just not done, for better or worse. Presidents have gotten away with heinous crimes in the past without getting the boot; the only president to have lost office to his bad nature in history was Richard Nixon, and even he resigned before checks and balances took care of it for him. One can only hope that the United States’ voter base has the common sense to choose its president wisely.
 
Right now, the USA is weak in its rights today, and poor choices of politicians, representatives, and leaders are largely to blame. With great power comes great responsibility, as any superhero will say. Yet, the most responsibility of all falls on the common United States citizen on voting day. Two of the worst things a person can do for his country are to not vote and to vote carelessly. The only way to make an educated vote is to find out not only campaigns, but histories and implications of candidates as well to make an educated vote. It falls on every man and woman to ensure the security of the rights of us all, and the population, to be frank, isn’t doing a very good job at the moment. The future is in the hands of everyone… will things take a turn for the better?

As you have likely guessed, the youth is my son, Paul.

Smart kid.

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