**Warning: possible political post and probable political incorrectness ahead.**
America, the modern day symbol of Freedom, where you are forced to give up a fourth of your income to support programs that give it to those who do not earn it; a place where any citizen can be President, as long as you are a career politician with years of corrupt experience; where criminals hold seats in Congress and create laws that are meant to hold you and me accountable.
America, an Oligarchy enriched by those with deep pockets who buy votes, who buy opinions, and who buy the “facts.” It’s a place where political corporations own the media and then spin their own political agenda to persuade the public in favor of their own ideas, instead of the transparent truth.
It’s a place where racism is taught and hatred is learned.
I, so badly, want to blame it on smart phones and dumb people. But, honestly, it’s all of us.
Because here, intelligence is pushed aside for a cute photo of puckered lips and a low cut top. Here, sexism, discrimination, and bigotry are justifiable by culture, by region, by religion, and by circumstance. It’s a place where we walk on eggshells to not offend a culture for doing what is morally wrong. Here, we are forced to accept all different ideas, views, and opinions… except for our own.
The United States of America… where we are lied to, misled, misguided, oppressed, and controlled by the very same body of government that we created to protect us and our rights.
And, quite frankly, I’m fucking sick and tired of it.
We, The People, are so face deep in our Twitter accounts, our Facebook newsfeed, and Instagram selfies that we don’t even care about our lives outside of social media. We couldn’t give a shit less about what law was passed to limit our constitutional rights, or what politician was caught breaking what law only to have it simply brushed underneath of the rug, out of view, out of mind, out of existence.
Where is the frustration of the inhumanities that go on every day, right HERE, in our free nation?
Where is the accountability of who WE are, and what America stands for?
Instead, we post a political meme making fun of the way our leadership looks; what they ate with, their hair, what they were wearing. We try to justify hate and racism with “what ifs” and “could have beens.” We give up our freedom of knowledge, our right to the truth, so that we can sleep comfortable and clear headed at night, because reality is scary.
People, our values, rights, and freedoms are in jeopardy. Not just by the wicked who are leading this great country, but by the complacency of US, of WE, of THE PEOPLE, who care more about how many “likes” we got on a post or a photo than what injustice has happened at the hands of our elected officials and leadership of today.
But how in the hell can we hold them accountable when we don’t even hold ourselves accountable? We lie, we cheat, we steal, bully, kill, and corrupt our communities daily. With no regard for what our children and youth see, with no care in the world other than ourselves.
We have gone from a powerful nation with ideas of liberty, justice, and happiness for all, to a country that fusses more about “who wore it better?” than what terrorist organization was created, funded, and supported by our own government.
It’s OUR fault, ladies and gentlemen, because we sit back and tolerate it. Because, we accept it. Hell, we even encourage it.
And for that, I am ashamed.
This isn’t MY country. This isn’t what I enlisted and fought for. These are not the principles of honor, courage, and commitment that I swore to. This isn’t freedom. This is NOT LIBERTY!
Moral men and women of this free country, I beg of you, I implore you… stand tall, be fierce, and give not a grain of ground more in the direction of tolerance.
Because, I fear for us. I fear for freedom. And I fear for the future of United States of America.
Jacob Paul Patchen
Jacob Paul Patchen is a strong advocate for love, family, and laughter. He is his mother’s favorite child, his grandfather’s ornery double, and the one who offers the blessing before holiday dinner. With his background in poetry and his open heart, he sees the world in a transcendent light. With a deeper understanding of the importance of life’s “little things,” enriched by his time spent at war in Iraq, Jacob offers a philosophical, light-hearted, and insightfully energetic tone to his writing style.
Jacob is an award-winning writer and poet from Cambridge, Ohio. He was the recipient of the Beulah Brooks Brown Award in Poetry and was selected as the feature writer for Muskingum University’s creative writing magazine, First Circle. Jacob graduated from Muskingum University with a bachelor’s degree in English while focusing on creative writing, journalism, and speech communication. Since graduating, Jacob has written a script for a feature film, started a blog, thebackroadrevival.blogspot.com, (which has made him semi-famous in a small town), and is currently finishing up his debut book called, "Life Lessons from Grandpa and His Chicken Coop: A Playful Journey Through Some Serious Sh*t"
Growing up a few miles outside of a small village in the rolling hills of South East Ohio, Jacob spent most of his youth playing sports, spending time outdoors (i.e. climbing trees and hiding from babysitters), and finding his unique voice in writing. Feeling patriotic, he enlisted into the Marine Corps. Reserves during his senior year of high school. During his six year enlistment in the Infantry, he was deployed to the Al Anbar Province, Iraq in 2005. After his return from Iraq, with a better understanding of life and a renewed appreciation for opportunity, Jacob enrolled into Muskingum University to pursue a formal education in writing.
He is now living outside of Cambridge, Ohio where he balances part time work with full time play.