America. We're a pretty great place if I do say so myself. Yet even the most patriotic of Americans is feeling a little off-put by where our country is. No one seems to be happy with government anymore. Except maybe the government. A strange phenomenon is brewing in American politics lately. Trust in government has been going through the floor in recent years. Despite that, calls for increase in government capacity has been increasing.
This seems like a fallacy, considering it's not just Republicans that are losing faith in government's ability to provide solutions to issues we care about. How can we call for more government when none of us trust it to do what is right?
Those who want government to remain big will argue that it's simply an issue of the right people not running for office. Those who do not want government will argue it's an issue of removing government power. Considering President Obama signed the fewest average executive orders per year since Grover Cleveland, a candidate representing a party which calls for more government does not always mean more obvious government oversight.
Trump has signed 90 executive orders in his first 100 days. Almost one executive order signed every single day coming from a candidate that ran on a platform of less government? I guess not having the proper candidates running could be the issue. However, I would argue that forgetting just what our Constitution meant to our founding fathers is what's created the majority of these issues.
Government at the time of America's founding was seen as a "necessary evil". It was acknowledged that despite the horrors government can create, it was necessary to solve some tough issues and push humanity forward. Coming from a pre-internet age it was likely seen as the only way to organize on bigger scales, since communication was much more difficult and centralizing certain issues made more headway on solving them than tackling them in the private sector.
Now we see protests organized on a whim, leaving hours between the call and the action. Social media has made organized protesting so easy that protests were organized in all 50 US states and 32 countries across the world. Two million people were reported to have protested against Trump on his inauguration day.
All while our sights are set on government and what they aren't doing for us, there is a steady decline in volunteering which means we aren't doing as much for ourselves anymore either. A strange shift in mentality is taking place. Americans so fervently believe that voting is the way that we cause change in the world. Yet voting in a technological age is proving less fruitful than organizing ourselves.
How is it that we can organize fervently to protest political candidates(whom most of us have never spoken to or even run into on the street), but we can't organize to volunteer for the communities we're already a part of? Perhaps our Constitution needs to be taken a look at. And no, I don't mean the US Constitution. I mean our constitution as a people needs to be looked at.
We don't aspire to fix things ourselves as much anymore. Maybe in our every day life we're do-it-yourselfers. Can we honestly say that America is about doing it ourselves when it comes to fixing our social issues?
Just remember that it's not an issue without a solution. We simply need to re-think the way we look at our social issues and what kind of power we really have over them. Hopefully we can fix this problem before we lose all ability to do things ourselves to the government we're propping up right now.
Oh, and by the way. In case you didn't know, we also extended the debt ceiling already this year. Chances are good the system we want in place may not even be able to function properly with current government conditions. Best if we just get up and take care of things ourselves, eh America?