John Quincy Adams votes for change in America
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By John Quincy Adams IV
Adams is a direct line grandson descendent of John Adams and John Quincy Adams, our 2nd and 6th Presidents of The United States of America.
News headlines across this nation as well as textbooks say, “history repeats itself.” There are pundits who can cite many examples and profess this statement to be the absolute truth. Yet think about who we are as a nation. Unlike many countries around the world, we are relatively new, only 200+ years in the making. But we have an advantage. We are a country built on sound principles thought out by smart founding fathers with a remarkable ability to foresee the future.
The statement believed by some, doesn’t necessarily reflect the truth for all. I feel much depends on how one chooses to look at the situation we face today.
When the economy is down and hopes are dashed, perhaps we don’t need news headlines rubbing our face in it. Perhaps instead we need to dig deep and get back to basics.
Americans are on the eve of a big decision within a couple of days; to elect a leader they can put their trust in to pull this divided country back together and return it to a stable and thriving economy. We have a choice when we step into the voting booth. Stay the course with President Obama, or make a change and trust in Governor Romney to get us back on our feet.
Two sides, both with opposing views, battling it out and trying to convince voters each has what it takes to be the leader that will go down in history as providing the solution to our trillion-dollar national debt, our rising unemployment, and our over-heated international affairs.
From my perspective, it won’t take just one lone person running for office to achieve such a goal. I feel the only way we can return to being the strong nation we once felt like we were is to pull together as a team. I have never had the desire to run for office, but coming from a legacy of U.S. Presidents who helped form the principles by which this country runs, I do as an American have an opinion. I feel we need to revisit the basic principles upon which we began as a new nation.
Growing up, I was always taught to study, work hard, help others, and own up to my own actions. I’m worried this country is lacking in these values today. We need a kick in the pants to wake up and stop pointing our finger or thinking “others” are to blame for our current state of affairs.
If our founding fathers had sat around pointing fingers like we Americans do today, we might not be here as a nation at all. There was tremendous motivation back then to pull together as a think tank and form a foundation based on principles to live by. The motivation was so strong that those involved were willing to commit an act of treason to stand by their beliefs that this nation could unite and be a global leader. Why would we want to reverse that hard work and the sacrifices made? How was it they saw back then the potential this country had in the future?
We seem to be a nation wanting “leadership” to solve our ills, as opposed to what our founding fathers had in mind...”we the people” taking command.
It appears we’ve become lax, thinking it’s the responsibility of “others” to take charge. We’re starting to resemble sheep; we want to be herded, follow-the-crowd, and we panic when crisis strikes. America is lost when its citizens depend on government for handouts as if “the government” is an actual entity like a gift horse that provides solutions. Have we forgotten that “we the people” make up our government and we are ultimately responsible for our own solutions?
I am reminded every time I read this quote:
The nature of the encroachment upon American constitution is such, as to grow every day more and more encroaching. Like a cancer; it eats faster and faster every hour. The revenue creates pensioners, and the pensioners urge for more revenue. The people grow less steady, spirited and virtuous, the seekers more numerous and more corrupt, and every day increases the circles of their dependents and expectants, until virtue, integrity, public spirit, simplicity and frugality become the objects of ridicule and scorn, and vanity, luxury, foppery, selfishness, meanness, and downright venality swallow up the whole of society.
-- John Adams, 2nd U.S. President of America
I want to encourage Americans to rebuild this country. You could say the inspiration came from my roots and the family name I feel privileged to carry forward. I feel certain what we need is simple. A return to the basics. We need to understand how our government was set up to work and we need to shift those dependent upon it towards their own self reliance. I heard it many times from my parents as a kid, “John, if you want to reach your own potential, you need to pull yourself up by your boot straps and do it yourself!”
If we get back to basics, we won’t just move forward as individuals, but as a strong nation, that can provide jobs, a strong economy, protected borders, and a safe future for our children and their children.
We can feel that pride again if we stop bumping heads and align ourselves with these basic principles. We have the potential to be the strongest economy, a global leader and a nation of one again.
John Quincy Adams IV is a direct grandson descendent of our nations 2nd President John Adams, and of our 6th President John Quincy Adams. John has a daughter named Abigail, and a son named John Quincy Adams V. He currently works as a National Account Representative for Gutterglove, Inc. (www.Gutterglove.com), a U.S. manufacturer of gutter protection systems in Rocklin California. He is also the President and co-founder of the website www.MadeInUSAFacts.com (currently being beta tested). Adams can be reached through email at JohnQAdams@Gutterglove.com, or by cell phone at (916)289-0089, or through his publicist Robert Lenney at (916)778-8777 or email Robert@Gutterglove.com.
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