It Takes a Village: How America Works Best as a Community

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Common ground. Not something you hear very often when talking about politics, more specifically: Congress. For the past few years we have had continuous close calls, and in some cases, true government shutdowns with two happening during the Clinton administration, and one in the very recent memory of October 2013. Of course those aren’t the only to happen but those are the last three to take place. Common ground can lead to a proper government, functioning as it should, but it seems that today common ground is turning quickly into “No Man’s Land.” America has become so polarized that it feels like every day one party is blaming the other, claiming that they are unwilling to compromise and re-find that common ground.

In Daniel Kemmis’ “Barn Raising,” the very first thing he talks about is common ground, commenting on how it’s there but he states that, “our prevailing way of doing things blocks us from realizing it.” It seems like there is no foreseeable future when the two parties will come together and find that common ground which is how our government has functioned for over 200 years. In politics it can be hard to be optimistic about our future, and asking both parties to be cooperative is unrealistic at this point. Our elected representatives need to remember that America is a melting pot, with a populous becoming more and more diverse with each coming year. It is time that they remember that it takes a village, or in this case a community, and that means that there must be cooperation and if that means compromising something you believe should be added in a budget so that the other side will reach across the aisle and do the same in order to keep our government running while also still continuing to promote the general welfare? Well that seems to be a no brainer to me, and hopefully to most Americans as well.

Can we find that common ground again for the good of the American people? Will the two establishments in politics work together to overcome partisanship? We certainly can’t predict the future, but we can help shape it. Working together as communities and voting for real change in politics will show Congress that America is united by people who come from many different backgrounds, and it is that which makes us so unique from the rest of the world. The fact that that many different people can work together, put aside their differences with their neighbors and count on each other to accomplish these goals for changing our country for the better.

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Going back to “Barn Raising,” Daniel Kemmis states that learning by “repeated experiences” communities learned that they could count on each other and now I believe that Congress needs to desperately relearn this. I believe that it is time for change. Change of representation, change of how we compromise and come together, and change for the betterment of the American people. Thank you for taking the time to read my post!

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6 Responses to It Takes a Village: How America Works Best as a Community

  1. jcpartida says:

    While i agree that America does work best as a community, nothing really denotes the idea that because people dont agree that they arent a community. I mean you talk about 200 years of doing this, so why cant we have 200 years more? So im only asking, what disadvantages are there to this gridlock? One more thing to the idea of relearned experiences, if anything, everyone in congress have pretty similar experiences, more so to one another than to the average citizen.

  2. ricquelln says:

    I believe everything works better as a community, but to have a community that works together there needs to be a common ground. Unfortunately, it seems we are yet to find that ground, but the idea is not a bad one. If America learned how to work together there would not be any room for debate, but the major hurdle to accomplish this is that many view points on laws contradict each other so we will be forced to pick a side.

  3. nicmccaleb says:

    I agree that communities have more potential for success. I believe that individual states should have more control on individual laws and regulations. This way states can be their own small communities, thus granting the citizens of each state more influence on the legislation that directly effects them on a state to state level. Now obviously there would need to be some limitations and some federal power to intervene if the legislation started to become to outrageous and radical.

  4. ethanmolinar says:

    I agree with your post especially the conclusion that it is time for a change. I think this sentiment is echoed in the support for anti establishment politicians in this election cycle. The surprising support for candidates such as Trump and Sanders demonstrates that many Americans are fed up with the current system and ready for a change. The disappointing thing from the standpoint of acceptance and compromise is that Americans seem to be voting in a more polarizing way than ever before. With many supporters of Sanders even indicating that they would not support Hillary in a general election. This is also echoed across the aisle as many Republicans desire a more conservative representative in the general election than what they feel Trump would be.

  5. iramsey918 says:

    I agree with your post and think you bring up some excellent points. For generations our nation and it’s government have survived by working together for a common goal, the betterment of America and the American people. As you say America is a melting pot; a melting pot of people from around the world who come together, put aside their differences and work to make their nation great. But in recent years it seems like we have lost site of this; our government and even the American people seem to no longer work together, divided by differences. Today our government is split down the middle, called the right and the left, constantly arguing and pointing fingers like children. Constantly pushing their own agendas the left and the right have forgotten how to work together and I believe that many of our nation’s current difficulties reflect that inability to find that common ground and solve the issues. I sincerely hope that we as a people and our government can learn that sense of community and purpose once more before the issues we face become too far gone to fix. After all as they say, united we stand; divided we fall. Thanks for posting.

  6. J.M.Delgado says:

    Reblogged this on American Political Thought and commented:

    Could we do this in America. So instead of electing representatives who clearly lose focus once in office. Should we make changes at the community

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