Prior to the terrorists' attack on the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York, America was listless and almost naïve about global problems that were in direct opposition to our way of life. Politically, we were evenly divided between Republican and Democrat ideologies throughout America. Then, on that fatal day of September 11, 2001, when slightly less than three thousand American citizens died at the hands of terrorists, the American people woke up and became unified in purpose for the first time since World War II.
An overwhelming feeling of patriotism became paramount throughout the land. The American flag flew proudly outside just about every home and business in America. Citizens displayed unity in spirit, thought and action. Congressional Republicans and Democrats alike became united in their efforts and took decisive action to ensure that America was safe in the future by passing the Homeland Security Act and other security measures.
Unfortunately, once the immediate threat to American democracy abated, patriotism also waned as well. American flags all but disappeared from homes and buildings. Congressional leaders lost their incentive to work together for the common good and citizens reverted to a state of complacency.
However, we recently saw the country come together after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast of Louisiana and Alabama. Many volunteers such as doctors, nurses, church parishioners, charitable organizations and government officials came to the aid of the disaster victims. A sense of duty, patriotism and an inherent desire to help people in need became the unifying factor in restoring the wellbeing of lives in the damaged area.
Once again we have a divided America. Almost half of the citizenry believes in either the Republican or Democratic ideology. At the same time, there is also a widening gap of understanding between the needs of the middle class and congressional leadership. The burning question what can we do as private citizens to change the present stalemate climate in Congress? still remains.
A possible solution is the formation of a grassroots movement to recall, or threaten to recall, our United States senators and representatives. That would send a message loud and clear that the middle class is fed up with bipartisanship and a "do nothing" attitude that currently exists in the government. In order for a threatening recall movement to succeed, it would need the exposure coverage from local newspapers, radio, television, and the Internet. Hopefully, the "recall message" would be, in itself, a motivational force.
The anticipated byproduct of this recall effort would be for Congress to restore the lost art of compromise and work together in earnest to meet the needs of the shrinking middle class in America. A sense of patriotism might once again abound throughout the land and the organized recall protest movement against the paralysis that embodies Congress would not cause destruction to private and public property.
Does America need another disaster to sustain democracy? You bet we do!