As 2013 came to a close, I found myself wondering, “What do Americans think our government did best this year?”
While I was in snowy New Hampshire over the holidays, I decided to hit the streets and ask people that very question. Here are the results:
The answers I received were troubling. It became clear to me that many Americans have no clue what is happening in this country — and many don’t care. When asked, “What did our government do best this year and what do you want to see happen in 2014?” most people giggled, stared blankly, then said, “Ummmm.”
Those who had more to offer told me things like, “Be kinder to animals!”, “We should be able to go to the hospital for slivers!”, “We should all be equal!”, “Obamacare is the greatest piece of legislation in history.”
When people told me Obamacare was the best thing that happened in 2013, I asked them why. Most gave me general, feel good answers that mean nothing (“It helps people”).
The apparent disinterest in pressing issues facing the nation worries me. Many Americans are too busy watching Keeping Up With The Kardashians to worry about the Obamacare train wreck, the trillions in federal debt we will all be saddled with, and the inability of politicians to create real jobs out of thin air.
But there is good news (I promise). Online media has made it easier for everyday people to engage in critical issues. Also, there is a growing surge of young individuals who have finally come to see that the big-government they were once enamored with keeps screwing them. These young Americans realize that citizens must hold politicians accountable and demand action to bestow this country with a brighter future.
So, now I turn the question to you: what did our government do best in 2013 and what would you like to see happen in 2014?
Written by Kristin. Follow her on Facebook.