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Do We Need a Union?

Do We Need a Union?

I’m staring at this image of the current president speaking to the combined houses and to the rest of the nation, and I’m thinking back to the last time a president was able to do good things on a large scale for America, things I agreed with, things that made me proud and grateful.

Now, it’s true that, almost by definition, no president can please all the people all the time. But I now realize that all the presidents I have lived through (I started out with Eisenhower) have been major disappointments. So maybe it’s not the man but the job? And maybe it’s not the job but the country?

The United States of America used to be those 13 colonies with more or less the same geographic zone, a similar climate, a similar demography, and a common enemy. The union grew organically, the process was in place and so we went along with it, perhaps mindlessly.

When the integrity of the union was put in question, we killed the folks who did the questioning and burned down their cities. We do that quite well. But the question never went away: does it really make sense to have this union?

Would the five or six major regions comprising the United States of America had created this union had they all been in place politically back in 1776? Probably not.

The poor Europeans have been trying to imitate us, only to discover how unreasonable it is to try and find common ground between Greece and Germany.

What are Washington State and Mississippi doing in the same union together? Heck, what is Mississippi and anyone else doing in the same union together?

If we had thinkers, I mean honest thinkers, among our politicians, I believe they would have recommended starting to dial down this union thing. It’s not working, hasn’t been working for a very long time. It’s no longer even offering stability, never mind prosperity.

I agree that Barack Obama makes a seriously faulty president, but so did his predecessors. It’s an absurd job, to which we elect people who by definition must be off their rocker. I mean, have you seen what these poor folks have to endure on the way to becoming elected? It’s inhuman, and it makes for strictly insane people getting the job. The system is rigged in favor of crazy people.

I’ve been looking at Rand Paul, the junior Senator from Kentucky, thinking that if he applied his Libertarian principles in getting elected, maybe there’s hope. But it won’t happen. The only way Rand Paul will be elected president would be by completely overhauling Rand Paul, reneging on every promise, promoting the exact opposite of what he declared to be his agenda, or he won’t stand a chance.

It’s the end of the road for the union, and we don’t even realize we’re already a couple feet under water.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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4 Responses to “Do We Need a Union?”

  1. Al Verjano says:

    Oblamebush is the worst president our country have ever had….I for one I’m not proud of him,I think he should be impeached

  2. Al, you’re a moron. The US is a nation of corporate thieves and their hillbilly suckers. George Bush was the perfect president matching his 70 IQ supporters. Be that as it may, would we want individual states split apart as though on many fronts they are disunited already. No one state has anything that would allow them to be a “country” on its own. There is no state capable of succeeding. I’m glad, Yori, you did not go by just a recent snapshot for your estimation of the Union. But I think you are a bit off about early America that definitely did have problems and also the “civil war.” The reality behind the revolution were a foreshadowing of corporate business running the country today, but the Constitution itself practically justifies “America” as a union and imitated the progressive edge of Britain’s political thought, and without a union (even as confederation) we would have ended up colonies of someone forever, weak and dependent. Keep in mind I have always criticized this country and surprising myself now being a cheerleader. The civil war was an economic war and hardly about any moral stance on slavery. But people in the South were part of vastly oppressive culture for whites too. I live and was born in the South where they still desperately want to ride over the ‘trash’ for any excuse. Think of the greed, racism (not just about blacks), privilege, etc. that still exists and imagine no ‘union’ federal government to at least keep such in check in any degree. America has a lot of bad people who are forced to be good and barely.

  3. America/USA is nothing but a nation of "settlers" by using the current definition of the left leaning national media. Ergo, the settlers stole the land from the "native americans" and any building of houses is "illegal" and constitutes a "war crime". If you do not believe this, just ask the UN/ban ki moon or the EU/ashcroft. Oh, I forgot, this line of reasoning is only reserved for the Jewish State of Israel. What? Double standards, you say? Naaaah….

  4. Eventually there will either be a straw or an entire bail of straw that breaks the camel's back….it could be any number of ways a camel may die for all I know. It takes more than a piece of paper and a handshake to bind a people together though, and it takes even less to break them apart. I'll be amazed if it doesn't end in a soylent-greenish type of way to be honest…but the guys in washington will of course have the finest selection of soylent green in multiple colors and flavors. That's just how it works.

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