Jacksonville Daily Progress
With all the passionate rancor and bickering between politicians, it's little wonder that the United States with a population of 317 million people remains a united. When deciding what policies are best for Americans, consider that 82 % of our nation's population live in urban centers or suburbia near the cities and have unique needs. Twenty-four percent of our national population are under the age of 20 and they present their own set of needs. Thirteen percent of Americans are over the age of 65 and they also deserve special attention. Add to that mix our nation's racial, religious, cultural, and historical differences and it's surprising we don't argue with one another more often than we do. Regional and business needs along with personal economic differences compound the difficulties of governing our nation of 317 million individuals. It is truly remarkable that the United States has stayed united this long, after all we are all the offspring of revolutionists and secessionists. We stepped off the Mayflower on to the shores of the New World bickering with each other. We Americans came by our differences and bickering honestly. What has prevented our nation from fracturing and going the way of Europe into unconsolidated sovereign states is our belief in the ballot box. It's our belief in the right of allowing the majority to govern - that is until the next election.