A Pledge to America
The republicans are campaigning on an old platform “A Pledge to America“. It is nothing new. I don’t disagree. It is a simple rehash of conservative values on which this country was founded. Bor-Ring!!!!!
But… I am irritated by it. I am irritated that we too often get fed the message the government takes care of us (the citizens). Government is necessary to a certain extent (roads and basic services we all share), but the argument begins when our government begins to control too many facets of our lives. I digress. … the message is old. Obviously, my narrative here is for limited government etc.
We The People…
I believe, we (the citizens) need to have our own pledge to this great country and to our fellow citizens. After all, the cogs that make this machine go ’round are the people who work and contribute to this great free enterprise country. The pledge goes something like this.
I pledge to my country…
… to behave within the laws of my local, state, and federal governments (that’s pretty simple right?)
… to develop skills that benefit private industry either through education or experience. (note: skills can be used in public services as well. I concede this is needed as well)
… to make every effort to be employed in good times and bad either inside or outside my skills or industry of my choosing. (Note: this does not necessarily mean earning money. working for free at a school or church can be “employment”, but also feeds into the next item.)
… to live within my financial means and maintain reasonable debt.
… to limit my use of public programs and rely on my own resources.
… to file and pay my taxes on time and lawfully within the tax code.
… to be informed and exercise my right to vote at all local, state, and federal elections.
… to be counted (census) when called upon to be counted.
… to donate time or money to needy causes.
… to respect our neighbors by maintaining property.
… to laugh at myself and recognize my own stupidity.
… to maintain good health by eating right and exercising. (Disclaimer: consult your doctor before engaging in exercise).
… to plant a tree.
… to be a good example for our kids.
And finally… Drink plenty of water.