By: Paul DeWitt Goree 7/2011 Las Vegas,NV
We celebrate this Independence Day, in the shadow of an America, where power for the people, by the people has come to represent an universal means, for all of humanity: globally.
As we celebrate 235 years of independence as an united nation. There are some pivotal events and accomplishment, which have secured our identity and nationalism. We began as rebels against unfair governance. We began as social refugees of oppression. We found truth in theorist such as John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, Jean Jacque Rousseau and countless others who have established, defined and fought/die in honor of what we all have collectively agreed as, just.
The just nature of individualism, liberty, and freedom to be, create, express: what one places as its core beliefs. I love Thomas Hobbes’s, ‘Natural Rights’. It is American in its total essence. To have the slightest assumption, that I, regardless of my birth, race, sex, intellect and effort: still has an equal right to all that is in existences in the universe. These notions are the basis of huge dreams, which provide all an opportunity to – Dream. America is the dream come true!
Being that varied dreams will amount to the sum of some realities. We can never merely accept anything completed. We are always in a state of evolving, awakening and revising. We are always open to amendment and accepting our social errors. We learn from our mistakes. We learn that we, regardless of prior acts, are ONE nation. Individuals representing the whole. Each of our portions, have the ability to DEMAND rights due to them. This has been a stream of empowerment by which individual expression is afforded.
We are inventive, we exam political platforms that deny, what we have intentional staked as our claim, Liberty: we remove the failing elements, and construct just sovereignty that works to its best capability. Of which alteration can be made, where have made bad judgment. We know our government operates like a link chain. Faults do exist, but as they exist, it is in our nature to identify them and eradicate them, thus assuring equal opportunity to all. I love how we, come into our own making. This is our industry, our worth, our determinism.
As we celebrate our independence venture, I want to exam a time line of some of our President and their administrations, that have contributed, extended and enacted legislation, associated with what Lyndon B. Johnson term, “The Great Society”. Presidents such as Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Lyndon Johnson, William Clinton and current President, Barack Obama, have strived to provide the Federal. Government with the power it needs, to enact legislation, which aids the needs of the people.
A great society would be a society evolved from social and political injustices, into social harmony. For Johnson, (who took idealist truths from John F. Kennedy and Robert Kennedy) a great society regardless of its past, had to acknowledge and attended to that portion of the collective whole, which is not represented. That portion which is unable, denied or unaware of their social rights. It is the duty of the sovereignty to assist all within the society, an equal opportunity to achieve tools required, to pursue the American Dream.
A government for the people, by the people, could not simply ignore, what is unjust. A government for the people by the people could not idle in action, while some of the people are routinely being subjected to second class citizenship. No citizen should be second class in a nation of the people. So I want to detail the accomplishments of some of these most compassionate Presidents, which have attended to their political platform, which values co-operative assistance and equal opportunity.
Theodor Roosevelt (26th President 1901-1909 Republican) and his administration, were the instrumental creators of Work-Man Compensation. In 1908, during the last year of his administration, Theodor Roosevelt introduced the Federal Employer’s Liability Act. Other legislative enactments of Roosevelt, that provide evidence, that government should regulate industry, can be seen in Roosevelt passage of the Meats Inspection Act of 1906…The Square Deal President.
Woodrow Wilson (28th President 1913- 1921 Democrat) and his administration accomplished some reform for the labor industry. He implemented the 8 hour work day for employees. Extended the US Anti- Trust Act, with The Clay Anti-Trust Act, which defined the specific policy of the United States and its relationship with organization and the control of industry. Wilson enacted Income tax, The Federal Trade Commission and restrictive labor laws that protected children from unlawful labor practices.
Franklin Roosevelt (32nd President of the United States 1933–1945 Democrat) New Deal
Lyndon B. Johnson (36th President of the United States 1963-1969 Democrat) the Great Society
William Clinton (42nd President of the United States 1993–2001 Democrat) Welfare Reform Act
Barack Obama (44th President of the United States 2009) Health Care Act