Diagnosis for Democracy
Insights into the State of Our Union
A Blog by Rob Tenery, MD
Does it matter that we are becoming a country that is increasingly governed by what we can get from the system rather than what we give back? Our forefathers fought and died to ensure that this country allowed the opportunities for its citizens to succeed. Countless more sacrificed at home during the war to ensure that these constitutional freedoms continue. In recent times, a growing percentage of the population has forgotten that these opportunities are not just given but earned.
There must be a public awareness of the transformation that is happening in this country. Instead of searching out the truth, a growing majority of the populace either doesn’t seem to care or turns to the media outlet of their choice. By doing this, they are brainwashed to that particular way of thinking. The continuing immigration, instead of assimilating into the fabric of this country, is diluting our culture, language, religion and most importantly, our country’s goals.
Solutions can only come if we look for them. Diagnosis for Democracy serves as a voice to address the concerns that are gradually moving this country away from what our forefathers envisioned. As a physician of over 40 years, a small business owner, who also served my country during the Vietnam era, and a husband and father, I have dealt with big business, big government and now big media. The trend I see as troubling is that these three entities are engulfing the individuals in preference to the will of the masses.
If there is one truth that underlies all others, it is to leave this country better than how we found it. My two granddaughters, pictured above, deserve that from us!
The Land of Opportunity. But for Whom, and at What Cost?
Even with matching backgrounds, race, sex and religions, one has to question how well informed individuals can take opposing positions on where they think this country should be headed. Three priorities usually top the list: Health, freedom and standard of living. Freedom can be further broken down into protection from harm, the ability to do and say what one wishes, as long as it does not infringe on those same freedoms of others and the freedom to follow the religion of one’s choice.
Much of traditional education has been based on the Socratic method where the teacher does not give information, but poses a series of questions which forces students to seek the answers in order to formulate of their own opinions. Independent thinking is dying in this country; be...Read more
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