Is Diversity Making America Afraid of Change?

If someone asked you what you would do if you were president, what would you say? How would you use those four or eight years?

I’m pretty certain we’d all have the same kind of answers – fix the economy, change the energy policy to use green fuel sources instead of foreign oil, legalize gay marriage in all 50 states, allocate more money to the public school system, mull over endlessly about how to deal with healthcare – things most people would be able to get on board with. Is this even possible though? I’d like to hope so… at least sometime in my lifetime I’d hope that we can stop arguing over silly things that are simply common sense.

Regardless. The main theme in anyone’s mind is change.

I simply do not believe any one president has the capability to get all of these things done in one administration. I believe that, as a whole, the United States is afraid of change. Which is also kind of silly in and of itself. In contrast to the rest of the world, the United States is kind of like the rebellious teenager and the UN is its guidance counselor. And, if the US is known for being a melting pot, shouldn’t we be able to come up with creative solutions to our problems? Why can’t we, as a country full of diversity, be able to change without such a brouhaha?

It could actually be that diversity that is our downfall. Maybe we’re just too different to come together as a melded culture to agree on how our country should be run. Maybe we’re naïve to think so many diverse minds can come up with better solutions. Or that could just be a bunch of hot air.

I wonder if the motive people had for first coming to the US could be the downfall, and not simply the diverse origins. People come to the US mainly because their previous country was not to their liking, or they are escaping from a difficult situation. Certainly the settlers of the 13 colonies were running away in order to practice religion without persecution. Is our history of running away making us afraid of change?

I think so. To be continued.

OPR

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