What We Really Need to Do to Make America Great Again
No matter what you see or hear from the media or spin masters, America is still the greatest country in the world.
However, it clearly is not as great as it once was, and anybody who lives here knows that.
Our politicians talk about building walls, deporting people, lowering crime rates and improving medical care, which are all important goals, but the truth is that those things will mean nothing, unless each citizen takes responsibility for doing what he can, as an individual, to bring the United States back to its former glory.
Here are my suggestions, none of which have to do with political parties, elections or favoring certain segments of our society.
Stop the Lying and Cheating
People are born "trusting", so it is ironic that on one level or another, once we pass our infancy, every single one of us becomes a liar.
Children become liars as soon as they are old enough to learn that manipulating the truth is an easy way to escape being disciplined. .
Over time the lies become increasingly devious and are coupled with cheating.
Why wouldn't we cheat?
- We see our parents cheating on their taxes,
- friends cheating on tests to get better grades and
- teachers cheating to keep their jobs.
We quickly learn that one must lie and cheat or be left behind.
What we don't realize is that lying, on any level, sets the stage for extremely serious problems.
In their worst forms, lying and cheating have brought nations and world leaders to their knees, ruined relationships and undone many of the systems upon which we have come to depend.
Many Americans have fallen into the trap of avoiding their responsibilities. In so doing, they lay them on the shoulders of their fellow citizens.
Doing this is more damaging to our society than most people realize.
It is hard enough for each person to carry his own load, let alone having to carry someone else’s. We do not have the right to lay our problems on other people, nor should we do so.
Americans do this a lot. It’s one of the main reasons that the basic foundations of our society will continue to crumble.
- Live within your means. Don’t spend more than you have, learn to make do, save what you can for the future and stop borrowing money.
- Earn your income honestly. Make progress based on your efforts, not your ability to manipulate, cheat and lie.
- If you make a commitment, honor it. If you can’t do that, then stop making promises you know you will not be able to keep.
- Don’t blame others for your problems. You created them, and it is up to you to accept responsibility for them.
Trying to take shortcuts in life never works. Furthermore, doing this puts tremendous burdens on others.
Many people assume that the old ways of doing things are outdated, but nothing could be farther from the truth.
There is no reason to avoid showing basic respect for other people. Instead learn (among other things) to
- say please and thank you,
- maintain control of your small children when in public,
- dress appropriately when in public,
- hold doors for others,
- lend a helping hand when you see one is needed,
- avoid abusive and vulgar language when in public,
- keep cell phone conversations private,
- treat all people like they have value,
- men should remove their hats when they enter buildings,
- place trash in receptacles rather than throwing it on the ground,
- flush a public toilet after using it and
- avoid offensive behavior of all kinds.
None of these things are difficult to do, but all of them require a conscious effort to do the right thing when it comes to dealing with others.
You would not want to wait in line behind a thoughtless customer who waits until she reaches the cash register to start searching her wallet, so why would you want to create this type of uncomfortable feeling for others?
If each person in this country would practice just one courtesy each day, millions of us would become less stressed because it is the little things, like those mentioned here, that make a difference in how people feel about themselves.
Accept That We All Want the Same Basic Things in Life
In recent years, Americans seem to have forgotten that all of us live in this country together, and it is up to each of us to make it a better place to live.
Is there one among us who doesn’t want to
- live in peace every day,
- have a decent roof over our heads,
- have enough food to eat or
- want to be treated as though we have value?
Why is it that we can’t seem to achieve these things?
Perhaps it is because we have become so self-absorbed that we have forgotten how lucky we are to be living in this country.
Maybe we have forgotten that others among us have feelings, thoughts, attitudes and needs, just like we do.
It doesn’t really matter who or what we are because down deep, we all want the same things out of our lives.
Those who feel others don’t deserve them, must set those feelings aside.
Instead of the constant lying, cheating, manipulating and arguing that are tearing America apart, we need to follow the suggestions I have made in this article.
We cannot be united if we are constantly at odds with one another.
What we really need to do to make America great again, is to put our differences aside, become better than what we are and learn to work together for the greater good.
To do otherwise is to destroy ourselves and our country, something that is already happening.
We need to stop this downward slide, and we can!
There is more power in unity than there ever will be in conflict.
Remember that next time you act against a fellow American or try to step on his rights.
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