- Posted November 2, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Your vision for America
A vision for America
Dictating deeply personal decisions, taxing people (either because of their wealth or to regulate their decisions to engage in undesirable behavior like smoking or drinking-- "sin taxes"), even when done with the best of intentions, have always exacerbated inequalities and limited personal choice.
There's no mystery about what Americans want. We all want the be healthy and have access to affordable healthcare. We all want to feel safe at home. We want the freedom to decide who we will spend our lives with and who we will love. We want a chance at something better for ourselves and our kids and a chance to achieve that through working.
But how do you achieve those things? Our federal government has gotten too big and too expensive. And despite that, fairness and freedom aren't any nearer today. Instead most of us are left very confused about what the issues are in this election, and even more of us have just tuned the whole thing out in the hopes of pursuing our own fairness and our own freedom without the government's intervention. We turn off the TV, don't answer the phone, and (in my case at least) even get to the point of avoiding the news because the idea of government and the elections has fallen so far away from ensuring that there is an equivalent exchange of values and that individuals should be free to lead their lives for themselves.
I hope whoever is elected president leads our country with the philosophy that their role is to protect hope and equality of opportunity. Not to punish those who have done well for themselves. Not to make decisions for the rest of us in the interest of the common welfare. Restore our belief in ourselves as a frontier nation-- pushing back adversity and hardship for a better tomorrow. Return us to our pride in our own stength as a place where hardwork and dedication are encouraged and rewarded. Capitalize on the values of what makes Americans special in this world: our profound sense of fairness and freedom. Bring back the words "Liberty and Justice for all."