Demas is a professional author and freelancer. He published and edited two newspapers. He is a historian and graduate of the Univ. of NH.
History doesn't just repeat itself, it lingers on and on.
What is on my mind that should still bother all Americans?
These are! And, they are largely unchanged since 2014.
Putin's adventurism, Syrian Tyranny vs. Democracy, Religious Killings in Africa and the Middle East, North Korean saber rattling, ISIS and the ongoing "War On Terrorism," China vs. Japan/Vietnam/Philippines, the Balance of Power in the Pacific, Worldwide Military Spending, Cyber-spying and Hacking, The U. S. National Debt, Weaknesses in The World Economy, America's Partisan Leadership Struggles, Western Unity, The Palestinian Question, Drug Lords/Gangs and Crime, The failed Arab Spring & Egyptian Turmoil, The Tensions of India/Pakistan/Kashmir, The Effectiveness of the United Nations in handling international disputes such as Russia's seizure of Crimea and its fostering of separatism in The Ukraine, Ebola, AIDS, and Religious Freedom.
The following challenges were also already challenges in 2014.
Illegal Immigration, Security of the Nation's Borders, Income Inequalities, the Ailing Social Security System, Needed Tax Reforms, Backlogged Courts and Judicial Inequities, Crammed Jails and Prisons, the High Cost of Higher Education, Unequal Political Influence and Power between richer and poorer Americans, Personal and Public Debt, Military and Veterans Budgets, Decaying Infrastructure, Competitive Research and Development of 21st Century Products to create a better Import/Export Balance of Trade.
Quo Vadis 2022?
Perhaps the greatest obstacle to dealing effectively with all the problems facing the United States of America in 2022 and beyond can be summed up in one word: Disunity.
Leaders must lead.
Congress must drop their hatchets, shelve political maneuvering for party advantage, and start serving the public faithfully.
Voters must educate themselves (if no one else will) to know that voting for what the country needs is far more important than just voting for what you want personally. Furthermore, voters must learn that nothing is free; not stimulus checks, not food stamps, not housing vouchers, not tax breaks.
The National Goodies Pot is empty. It is filled only with I.O.U. notes including interest payments, some owed to our competitors.
The national challenge of the current pandemic, as bad and deadly as it has been and remains, is nothing compared to the slow, downward spiral of a leadership and a population refusing to work for the common good, while focused only on self-interest.
Yes, history warns us that what comes next depends upon what comes next.
The lesson of historical perspective dictates that a society divided internally is in grave danger.
And so is The United States of America, not just in the last eight years, but in the next eight years as well.
This is not a time for Americans to sit idly by to watch what happens. Now is the time to all work together for the common good.
America's presidents take this oath of office: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States."
When a person becomes an American citizen, he or she takes this oath:
"I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God."
Perhaps we also need a new Oath for those privileged to be Americans by birth.
Let's keep it as straightforward and simple as the 2019 Boy Scout oath, here revised as follows:
"On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to these United States of America, to obey the Constitution; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight for the lasting benefit of all my fellow citizens."
I suggest we might all take this oath by signature or actual oath when we vote, or at the least pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America before we vote.
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