We The People

Written by Hollye Dexter

October 2, 2010

So the other day I’m at my local café where I do much of my writing…and these two guys walk in. Let me just say that from the get-go, it was obvious these two were a little off. Not to be judgmental, but they were dressed awkwardly, and ordered their coffee too loud, to where everyone in the place stopped and looked up. Then, unfortunately, they settled right next to me and proceeded to have an obnoxiously heated conversation about how the “government” is a bunch of criminals no different from the 39th street Crips, except they have better P.R. They railed against the indignity that if you don’t pay your taxes (which, by the way, collecting taxes is illegal according to these guys) the “government” would come with their guns and haul you away, and steal all your stuff like the thugs they really are. I used to be proud to be an American, but not anymore…one of them said.
Okay. I don’t like to use my blog as a political soapbox, but this is just common sense stuff, people. First of all, I am proud to be an American, because in America, WE ARE THE GOVERNMENT. We live in a democracy, not a dictatorship. It’s WE THE PEOPLE, remember? WE are free to choose the people who represent us. WE are free to become one of those representatives. WE are FREE. And the folks who work in government offices? Just everyday American citizens like you and me, not some mythical villains from a comic book. We are the government, so stop making the “government” out to be some scary boogieman who comes in the night and steals all your freedoms away. Quit playing the victim. You don’t like the way things are? Step up and get involved in your community. Run for office. Volunteer to campaign for someone you believe in. Do something to make your world better.
Second, democracy is a two-party system. It’s designed that way to make sure that any one party doesn’t become all powerful….like that scary government so many of you talk about. The two-party system was not designed to be a death match. We aren’t supposed to hate each other because we see things differently. It was put in place to encourage healthy debate, to consider many sides of an issue before we enact the laws of our land. So quit with the hate already!
And third, countries who don’t pay taxes are called THIRD WORLD countries. They don’t have paved roads and freeways and fire departments and veteran’s hospitals and schools and museums and libraries. If you want to live in a civilized country, you have to pay taxes. Period. If you don’t wanna pay taxes – try your fate in another country. You won’t hear me cryin’ as you pack your bags…
Finally, Quit yer bellyachin’! The rest of us would like some peace and quiet while we’re trying to write stuff in a coffeeshop!


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  1. Pam M

    I love you.

  2. laurenne

    It's so hard NOT to eavesdrop in coffee shops! So entertaining.
    I was going to write a big political debatey response to this and then thought again! It's Saturday! Off to my cafe too. No time for political debates. I'm going to go eavesdrop as well. Perhaps I'll eavesdrop on you if you happen to be on the West side.

  3. Anonymous

    It would have been so hard not to talk to them but I have learned it won't change these guys minds. And I would like to enjoy my space as well. Hope you were able to write. I am also proud of being American but know we have problems and our way is not the only or right way for everyone.

  4. matters that matter

    once again you tell the truth we want to hear, and speak the words we share. The truth is we are FREE…no ifs, ands or buts…FREE. Let them try to live in a country where they are imprisoned and perhaps put to death for their vocal opionions against their government…Coffee anyone/

  5. Deb

    Speaking as your neighbour to the north, I am constantly amazed when North Americans bitch about what we have. I know bitching is part of life but clearly they have not been to have-not countries or they would eat their words. Or would they? Some people just like to have something to bitch about. If they got off their butts to help, what would they talk about then? Crazy making is it not?


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