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Mother, Father, Relatives, Friends and Fellow Americans:

Our Constitution declares that from time to time, the President shall give to Congress information about the state of our union. However, obviously, I am not the President of the United States, but I do have something to say about our ‘Union’, the bond American’s pride themselves on. Yet, that bond like the Humpback whale, is on the brink of extinction.

Union is defined as the act or state of being joined, unified, or a coalition. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the state of the United States, that doesn’t seem to be the proper adjective to describe us, currently. I hope it to be, but a nation of bureaucracy where politicos rule, and their objectives overrule the needs of a 39% of homeless population that are children. We are not a union. We are a union in spurts, when we feel an outside terrorist organization threatening our un-unified sanctity, we respond as one entity, for a little while at least.

We are not a union where our daily conversations are bombarded by entertainment topics like Justin Bieber walking into a glass door, or technological aficionados blogging about how the next color of the ipod could spell doom for its competitors, we are not a union. When social networking CEO’s can overrun the cover of Time Magazine as the Person Of The Year instead of Activists trying to get your attention to help stop the use of little girls as dirty men’s sex objects, we are not a union. We are a union when it is beneficial, but only for our own personal aspirations. We are not a union where we can live the American Dream, while our neighbors our living nightmares. How do we cope and create a better nation? To begin: ” No man is left behind”. That is not a socialist idea, it’s not a communist idea, but it’s a humanist idea. It’s an idea that our American military preaches to embrace brotherhood within. It’s an idea that being a homo sapien, and claiming to be the most advanced species on Earth because we can reason, should live by.

Perhaps the ‘American Dream’ needs to be redefined. It needs to explain that we are a union that looks out for each other, and not just during Christmas time, or when a celebrity throws a telethon. It needs moral values instilled, and not just by whatever deity you believe in, but by values that should be lived by a human, making it appropriate to call yourself a human, much less an American. Perhaps the code from Bushido virtues should be invested, like Rectitude, Courage, Benevolence, Respect, Honesty, Honor, and most of all to me, Loyalty.

Loyalty to one another, as a race, and as an American. Honoring the environment that surrounds us, and how fragile we are to the force that Mother Nature can impose on us, especially since we are destroying her world. Respecting the other inhabitants, from your fellow man that has a different color skin, to the puppy that needs your help in a shelter. We are not a union, or American, if we can’t learn from history. If we are unable to learn from our past offenses that we have imposed on particular races, if we can’t learn that greed will destroy us all, then the American empire will suffer the same fate as the Roman’s. We can’t win un-united, but spewing propaganda that we can unite if don’t house the correct values and standards to live by. Technology will be useless if nature decided that we did enough damage to the planet, thats alarming to think about it. However, you have probably brushed that idea off as nothing to worry about, because your local meteorologist, showing more cleavage than normal, says there won’t be rain tomorrow.

We are not a union, we aren’t. I want us to be, I hope we can rectify the situation that we’ve put ourselves in. We need to focus on the unity that can bring together great organizations that fight other wars that you may not be familiar with, and end the strong arming of issues we shouldn’t be involved in. We are imploding from within, and the American people are the ones that can stop it. Yet, most people feel that they are doing their civic duty by exercising their freedom to vote, and that alone will not make a difference. Just like a moneyless nerd trying to ask out a super model for a date, you fail miserably. Voting alone won’t fix our nation. Bickering on message boards, and posting sarcastic innuendos alone won’t fix our nation, and that will never equate to us being a union.

If you are still reading at this point, please send me an email, so I can personally thank you for sticking with my probably pointless blog post because most won’t listen anyways, but needed to be said nonetheless.

I pledge allegiance to a nation that has the potential to be great, but prides themselves as if they already are. A nation fatter, lazier, and least educated of all. We are the most confident but supreme military won’t be able to maintain a good PR for us forever if we don’t begin to do the right things that should be honored for each other.

This is the second day of 2011, normally, I like to post my year end/new year blog a day earlier, but couldn’t decide what to write. I first was going to be a bit more personal and write about this years wins and losses, or perhaps what other things personally, for myself, I am aspiring to (like more green, less wires).

Instead I get bothered by reading pointless twitter posts about investing time in the wrong things, or garbage news articles about things that aren’t important to the restoration of a country that was once prided as the number one in the world. Ignorance, greed, and selfishness will literally kill us all, and if you want people to look out for your best interests, you have to ask yourself if you have your neighbors best interests in mind as well with yours. Martin Luther King, Jr. said it best:

This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation’s homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into veins of peoples normally humane, of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped and psychologically deranged, cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice and love.

This year, get involved. I do what I can for 21st Paradigm in my spare time, and I am not asking you to only support us and our mission but to find something where you can make even more of a difference. If you need inspiration, watch Mark Horvath, and all that he is doing. Though he doesn’t have a lot of money, and was once homeless himself, he is changing the world, and the way some people view the less fortunate. Follow Somaly Mam, and scream to the world that we should not let children be raped, and sold for sexual pleasure. Neither in our country or others. Support Sea Shepherd or Earthrace Conservation Organization in their ocean efforts to protect our oceans. Rage against your state government and make your voice heard that our children’s education needs to be at the foremost important issue for our youth. An issue not just for them to be able to be sufficiently equipped to enter the workforce, but to be able to surpass ignorance, and come up with new ideas to invoke prosperity where we failed. Don’t let a day this year go unscathed with out you leaving a mark, even on your facebook wall, of issues that need eye brows raised, or where a little compassion is needed.

If you follow me on twitter, if you are a friend on facebook, or if you have a conversation with me during lunch, you will hear from me even more. 2011 I need to shout a bit more, annoy you a bit more to listen, and pique the interest of the ignorant (a few visual ideas that my sister and I will be creating).

Show the world we are a Union, and show we are the definition of it. Someday, perhaps we can call ourselves leaders again.

For each other,

Anthony