By Ron McCoy
West Orlando Tea Party
Often, Christmas is a time to reflect on friends and family. For most of us, we spend the Christmas season with our family and give thanks for what we have. We are a blessed nation and it only takes driving a few miles or watching the news to really appreciate all that we are blessed with. Sometimes, spending time with our family at this time of year is all we need to appreciate what we have. Those moments with our family are too often lost in everyday life to appreciate…. what we have every day but take for granted.
I don’t take for granted the process we have in this country for electing our officials who represent us. I use to. I use to depend and hope that they (Washington) would always treat us like family. I always believed that Washington had American values in their heart and they would always act in a way that reflected on me and my family’s values.
I was wrong and I am one of millions of people that have come to realize that what we want and what is reality are very different. I am thankful this Christmas season that I am not alone and that there is hope for the American Dream and that there are millions of people who feel like I do and who are willing to fight for basic American values.
The Tea Party showed in this election that the heart and soul of America is not dead. It also exposed what our country is facing as there are those who have a different idea for what America stands for. I have become enlightened by what is taking place in our country and have vowed to fight for Americans and my children as I have seen that there is an agenda by some to transform our country into something else that what it was founded on.
One thing that has become apparent to me is that American values have been compromised in recent history. Everyone has a lobbyist in Washington, the ACLU, the Unions, the lobbyists for the Pharmaceutical companies, Defense contractors, and even government employees have their own union. This is only a few of the names that are patrolling the halls of our capital looking to influence policy in America. Somewhere along the lines, the average American people got lost and forgotten because we did not know how to have our voices heard.
We forgot that we actually had a voice.
In the last year, many Americans have realized we are being ignored. More importantly, we have realized that We the People do have a voice and that when used properly, we can have an effect.
What happened in this election is a wakeup call to America and to our elected officials that we are here and we are asking to be heard. We are no longer the “silent majority” and have given Washington a clear signal that we are fed up with politics as usual. STOP spending money we don’t have and get a control on this ever expanding thing we call the US government.
Any normal corporation would look at itself and realize that the sheer size is unsustainable. But it appears in Washington, there is no ownership or responsibility today. I guess they figure it’s not their money. I would say to them that it is their money, their country, and their children’s future at stake.
One reason I became involved in the political process is that I realized if I do nothing, then I have to accept what is given to me and my family. I believed, and still do, that people are elected to do the will of the people and to be true to American values. What I have seen is a complete disregard for the will of the American people and an agenda that only serves to destroy our country.
Our country is paralyzed by ineptness on the part of those in Washington and their desire to cater to lobbyists with deep pockets and those who have no vested interest in our American values.
What do most people in America want this Christmas? Number one would be to be heard for once. Can we repeal health care? Maybe a little tort reform would stop some abuses for all businesses and make our life a little less expensive. How about passing a budget and stop spending money we don’t have? Is securing our border asking too much? Do we not have that right as Americans to ask that our borders are secure?
I could go on but I think I speak for most Americans when I ask that those in charge listen and do as we ask. We are being held hostage to politics and most of us could care less about politics. We care about our children and America’s future and hope someone is listening.
If no one is listening to us, and I believe they are, we will become more vocal. Don’t under estimate the will and voice of the people.