The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been two hundred years. These nations have progressed through a nine stage sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to complacency; from complacence to apathy; from apathy to dependence; and from dependency back again into bondage. – Author unknown/unverified (sometimes attributed to Alexander Fraser Tytler).
If I ask you, who is Chuck Hagel and what role does he play in our government? How about Eric Holder? Hagel is U.S. Secretary of Defense and Holder is the U.S. Attorney General.
What if I asked you, who is Sam Olens and what role does he play in our government? How about John Barrow? Olens is Georgia Attorney General and Barrow represents Georgia’s 12th District in the U.S. Congress; Appling County is in the 12th Congressional District.
How about an easy one? Who is Lewis Parker or Steve Rigdon and what positions do they hold? Parker is Chairman of the Appling County Commissioners and Rigdon is Mayor of Baxley.
How do you define apathy? Apathy is defined as: (1) lack of feeling or emotion, impassiveness; and/or (2) lack of interest or concern. Does this definition sound like the state of America’s current society (i.e. We The People)? Sure there are some people who are concerned about our current standing and others who care about our future standing, but for the most part it seems people are disinterested in what is going on in our country, state and local politics unless it has a direct impact. I state this as fact because we now get excited if 30 – 40 percent of “registered” voters turn out for an election (sad indeed).
Are we more concerned with the latest American Idol rather than what is happening currently to our American heroes…our Veterans? Have we become so politically correct (PC) that we have forgotten right from wrong? Why are we not holding our elected officials accountable? Could it be that if it has no immediate impact on our lives, it’s someone else’s problem? What about our children’s future? Is that not enough to make us take notice of what is occurring in our country?
I personally feel that we have crossed a dangerous threshold in the United States. Have we entered what the writer refers to as the apathetic stage in our great history and is it too late to turn back? There is good argument to be made that we could be headed for the dependency stage. We see more and more people these days, that are capable of working, hold their hands out and expect Uncle Sam to foot the bill. Next thing you know we will probably be in bondage, or at least at the mercy of government. Don’t believe that could happen? If you would have asked me a few years back if businesses could be forced to go against everything they believe just to appease special interest, I would have told you “no”, but this is now happening in our country.
Folks I have asked over and over again for people to wake up (and this includes me as well). I still believe in our great country and believe that these Unites States can be great again. We all must remember that we have a roll to play in our republic. Let’s not forget as President Lincoln so eloquently put it, “that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”