Have you noticed how politicians today are always telling us what The American People want, care about, believe in? (It’s curious that Republicans and Democrats often hear opposing beliefs from the very same American People, but that’s probably just a glitch in the satellite transmission.)
They make it sound like The American People are needy pod people who require politicians to both speak for them and to know what’s best for them.
Really, does that description match the people you know? Maybe The American People, as defined by our politicians, are a convenient fiction. And maybe the pols’ hot air has lulled real American People into forgetting who they are.
Have a look in my book and meet the (future) real Americans. Here they are arriving on these shores in the 1700s.
Even after the difficult crossing (slimy water and half a rat for dinner), don’t they seem more like the people you’re familiar with than the cardboard cutouts described by politicians?
If we zoom in to get a closer look at these new Americans, we discover that they, like us, are mainly governed by self-interest. About the only time most people think about national issues is when it becomes personal.
During the Revolutionary War, George Washington had to convince Americans to set aside their personal prejudices and march together. And they did. The American People united in common cause against bad King George.
They held on to their ideals, and won their independence against the most powerful country in the world. Then they made sure the Founding Fathers guaranteed them the liberties they’d fought for.
So a reassuring picture emerges. At a critical moment, The American People stood up for what was right, protected each other’s backs, and fought for real change.
If the American Revolution is any guide, once The American People realize they are being used by their so-called leaders, they will set aside their differences, join together, and toss the bums out. Our politicians should keep the following picture in mind.