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A Sippery Slope Essay

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What is wrong with America today? It would be easy to blame all of our problems on the government; however, they are not the only ones at fault. The time has come for the American people to open their eyes and see what has become of our nation. We are currently involved in three foreign wars and in the midst of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Our national debt is over 14 trillion dollars; in fact, our president is seeking to raise the national debt ceiling from 14.3 trillion to 23.1 trillion dollars. Our tax system, simply put, is a disaster. “You'll probably take little consolation in hearing that the super rich pay a lot less taxes than they did a couple of decades ago. And nearly half of U.S. households pay no income taxes at all”(Ohlemacher). It is my belief that the United States is on a steady downward decline because our government has forgotten three important things: the constitution provides a government by the people for the people, that the rights and freedoms of the individual outweigh corporate concerns, and what the constitution actually means.
Congressional Representatives are elected from each state of the union. Their job is to protect the interests of their constituents. Too often; however, it is those who contribute large sums of money to political campaigns that receive the benefits. “ Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth” (Lincoln). The last line of the Gettysburg Address is what our government should attempt to attain; instead, the people have been forgotten in favor of profit. “In a democracy, the governed have the right to consent, but nothing more than that. In the terminology of modern progressive thought, the population may be "spectators," but not "participants," apart from occasional choices among leaders representing authentic power. That is the political arena. The general population must be excluded entirely from the economic arena, where what happens in the society is largely determined. Here the public is to have no role, according to prevailing democratic theory”(Chomsky). The United States was founded as a republic, with the constitution as its charter; however, over the past 20 centuries, the nation has become a representative democracy where the individual rights are trampled by the popular view.
Over the past ten years we have seen an unprecedented attack on civil libereties and individual rights. The USA PATRIOT act was signed into law on October 26th, 2001, giving the government carte blanche to invade the privacy of terrorists, suspected terrorists, and law-abiding citizens alike. Walter Brasch of the American reporter says, “The PATRIOT Act butts against the protections of six Constitutional amendments: the First (freedom of religion, speech, press, and assembly, and the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances), Fourth (freedom from unreasonable searches), Fifth (right against self-incrimination and due...

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