I have never really been really interested in politics. I voted every election for whatever candidate I chose, which is one of the great things about this country. As I've grown older, though, I have noticed a change in the politics of America. Gone are the days of compromise, the politicians that believe they are doing good for the country. In their place is career politicians, the ones that work for the good of themselves, either Democrat or Republican. These career politicians have done a good job at dividing this country by doing whatever it takes to please their contributors rather than the public at large.
I am in my mind a conservative, though I am not a religious person and I do agree with some Liberal points, which would probably classify me as an Independent. But in all honesty this country has become more and more like a European nation with the public wanting more and giving less. People used to work for what they wanted, now they expect it handed to them. I know many people that despise the corporations yet are right in line with their hand out when the dividends are being paid to their retirement accounts. I know some who take the money given to them to get an education yet gripe when they have to pay some of the expense themselves. And their are many that live on a system that created a generation of free-loaders, and yes, I do mean the current welfare system.
I am middle-aged, Graduated high school during the Carter presidency and have come to the conclusion by what I have experienced growing up and watching my children grow up that our public education has also helped to create this attitude of something for nothing. I remember being taught as a child that if I worked hard and tried I could achieve whatever I wanted. My later years in high school I saw the progressive leaning towards government dependency. Now in todays world children are taught that everything is fair. Fair is just a perception because all there is is reality, and believe me, reality isn't fair!
I titled this piece State of the Union to express my views of it. And they are far from fair, or right, or left. This country needs to remember where it came from. It is in a sorry state if you ask me. People hating others for their beliefs, yet believing only they are right. We were a country for all to come and be one nation, now everyone wants their heritage to be recognized. We the people has become me me me. What ever happened to being an American? Not African-American, Mexican-American, or any other name in front of American! People come to this country to better themselves and we allow them to turn us into the country they ran from, why?????