By: Tisha Casida
On Christmas Eve of 2009 I watched as President Barack Obama spoke to the American people about the success of his Health Care Bill, as a monumental achievement that would shed upon all of us good fortune and access to medical care. Senator Harry Reid said that the government was providing to us “security and stability”.
I don’t want security and stability “provided to me” via Uncle Sam. I would like to do that for myself. For years I have been a student – both in the educational system as well as in the school of life – as a consumer, worker, and citizen. I have continually waited for “the experts” and “our representatives” to effectively lead our country. Today, there is no doubt in my mind that our true leaders are those driven, middle-class Americans that make up the back-bone of our nation and free-market. There is no piece of paper, no certification, no amount of money, and no political relationship that makes us, as Americans, more qualified for the job of being an informed, knowledgeable, participating citizen and consumer of this country – WE ARE THE LEADERS.
The future representatives and business-owners are people like you and me – there are no “experts” in Washington that are smarter than us. Once we all realize that, our power as citizens will be much greater. That is the reason for this book – to simplify, ignite, and unite all of us to stand up, speak out, and make REAL change happen. This would not include just “hope” – I am talking about creating and taking advantage of incentives.
Taking responsibility and action are all we have to stand against a system that has become very corrupt. Our forefathers would be unhappy with us – all of us. Thomas Jefferson may have said it most simply, “The tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” The founders of our Constitution and the forefathers of our great country knew what kind of battle we would continuously be up against as a free nation.
I do hope that the blood I shed is with this pen and paper. As the great American journalist and novelist, Ernest Hemingway said, “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” Here I sit on my modern-day typewriter, and I bleed.