Day 555: Don't Blame the Government

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/07/06/opinion/boehner-obama-lawsuit/index.html?hpt=hp_c2

(CNN) -- Every member of Congress swore an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. So did President Barack Obama.
But too often over the past five years, the President has circumvented the American people and their elected representatives through executive action, changing and creating his own laws, and excusing himself from enforcing statutes he is sworn to uphold -- at times even boasting about his willingness to do it, as if daring the American people to stop him.
That's why, later this month, we will bring legislation to the House floor that would authorize the House of Representatives to file suit in an effort to compel President Obama to follow his oath of office and faithfully execute the laws of our country.
The President's response: "So sue me."

Don't even blame the president.

The truth is that we all contributed to the current state of the world. It's the same in every country I can think of, when things go bad people blame the government or the president. Unfortunately changing the government or the president is unlikely to change the state of affairs - unless we radically change our entire social structure. The apparent failings of governments and/or presidents are symptoms of a bigger problem - they are not the cause (if they were, wouldn't oustings and coup d'├ętat's have actually changed the world, or at least the country?) I actually feel a little sorry for these people - the game is rigged against them. The chances of any government actually changing it's country is quite slim, as history testifies. They all seem to fall into the same trap of trying to fix what can't be fixed, trying to make something work that is inherently flawed and broken. Obviously they will fail - there is no way that they could succeed.

We are all responsible. We all have to create the change, we can't sit back and wait for the government to magically make the world a better place. If all of humanity does not participate in improving life then it is unlikely that much will change. We need to stop believing that we are powerless to change anything - we are not. We have failed to recognise that by simply going along with everything, we are actually giving our permission for it to continue going on. We are the ones who have to stop accepting those things we know are unacceptable. We are the ones who must live as examples and stop the cycle of doing things just because other people are doing them. Just because a lot of people are doing something doesn't make it right. Just because most of the world is doing something doesn't make it right either.

The solution is simple, yet difficult. It requires that each of us embody the principles we would like others to live, especially towards us.

Do unto another as you would have them do unto you.

Honesty

Respect

Consideration

Love thy neighbour as thyself

Gentleness

Commitment

Trust

Discipline

Reliability

The more we embody principles such as these, the more our society will adapt to embody them as well. The more we value principles such as these, the more our society will value them. Imagine if the media were to promote principles such as these instead of sexuality and fashion. It may sound impossible, but it's really not - we have so many mediums to spread ideas with that it could be accomplished in a matter of decades. Just look at where we are now and how we got here - TV, music, adverts, magazines, religion - all of these things have shaped our lifestyles and personalities, now we can use them to actually improve ourselves and the world.

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