Often we hear the word revolution and think blood shed. We associate it with war, believing this is the only thing that transforms. With that being said, we’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone in this great nation of ours, who doesn’t feel change is long overdue.
If Everything goes through change, then why is this great nation that we live in fighting so hard against experiencing any? As long as we continue to resist the natural order of things, I believe we’ll remain a country unstable. This condition is conducive for stress, creating an environment where it will forever remain part of the people.
We can argue all day about the changes we’ve seen our country experience, like establishing the right to vote, ending segregation, helping more minority students attend college, and we can’t forget the historic event of witnessing the first African-American President to be selected for office. Ideally these were all great strides made, but for me the question still remains, did these advancements in our society really change anything?
For the community in which I come from, the answer is no. It’s safe to say the system as a whole is failing its people. All the changes we’ve witnessed seemed to be made in an effort to keep the large discontent that had been growing among the people at bay.
Without questions these things felt good momentarily; I liken it to when an infant child that’s so dependant on the bosom of its mother is being pacified. When we received our pacifiers that these so-called changes brought, then it was off to sleep we went allowing everything to stay the same. Real change is bringing justice to the people.
Justice is righteousness, and righteousness is giving everyone what they deserve through hard work. Unfortunately we can’t have that because of our bureaucratic system of governing. The idea is to control the people; not have a government for the people by the people.
The way this is done, is by having the people believe they have a say in their government. Every four years we rush to the polls, standing in enormously long lines ( in some cases), to cast our vote for change. Well, the only way change can come from a system that keeps producing the same results, is to change the system.
The revolutionist can bring change. It’s through his or her mind that the radical idea that comes from thinking outside the box is formed. We’ve been doing the same things for so long that it’s hard to see any other way we can do it. Well I have a suggestion that could possibly offer a spark to bring a solution to the problems that exist.
The biggest problem we have in the process of electing our government officials is the grey areas. The grey areas give the bureaucrats the ability to manipulate the results of the elections, leaving the people with no real way to ever question them.
Why does the vote you cast have to be such a secret; why? Especially when there’s no secret during the campaigning of who we’re placing our support behind. No one hides which political party they support, and as a matter of fact, we see banners and signs lodged in the front lawns of residents all over this country, advertising which political party will be receiving our vote. So why then all the secrecy when it comes time for the elections?
If we take away the veil and let all things be done in the light, it makes it harder for the manipulation to occur. I happen to be one who struggles with believing the tally of the votes counted are true, and I also don’t believe in this democratic process. I believe the elections are no more than a big stage show put on by the players involved to appease the people.
If justice is in the interest of the people, then having an election minus the secret ballot being cast shouldn’t be an issue. The only time we need secrecy is when we’re trying to hide something. With transparency nothing gets hidden, and everything can be openly discussed in terms of what we want from our government and our neighbor. The community as a whole could let the righteousness of God that exists in all of us be our guide.
The elections could be true, and so could democracy, the people could finally realize the dream of having a democratic process be the deciding factor in how things get administered to the people. Maybe then we can start growing toward that true oneness.
Family, the definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over again expecting a different result. I don’t know how the rest of the world feels, but I’m at a place where I want my sanity back.
I know all things is possible through the power of God, so I’ll keep striving for change through my words, hoping that possibly it provokes thought in the minds of the people who are capable of bringing about that change; you and me.
Let’s not continue to leave our lives hanging in the ballots of secrecy, we’ve done that enough and we see where it has taken us. Let’s instead open up our minds and hearts to the possibility of what transparency can bring.
God wants what’s best for all of us, not just a selected few. I say this out of love to all the people throughout the world because this so-called democracy is coming to a shore near you.
Clayton Reid Jones