Now, a slightly more pessimistic example of how the reactions of the past affect the future is the aftermath of Richard Nixon’s presidency. The Watergate scandal rocked the nation, causing the people to lose faith in their government. Suspicions rose as people began to catch a whiff of what was really going on behind the White House doors. The rise and fall of Nixon was the beginning of a domino effect: dirty tricks in politics and cheating to win. Or at least the beginning of the public’s awareness surrounding these issues.
I’ve come to realize that with almost every scandal that arises in politics, after every horrific event, during a pandemic, there is always one motive for the people in charge—money. Money is the true leader of our nation. Almost every decision we make, every war we begin or participate in is fueled by money. Rarely do we see a decision made that will benefit the well being of the people.
I’m not saying money is the devil. I love money. However, it pains me whenever a choice made by our government claims to be “for the people” when it’s clearly money-driven, and only benefiting those up top who already HAVE enough money to buy 18 Bugattis and still have some cash left over.
Most kids my age are luckily able to see how corrupt our political system is. We’ve had to grow up with the looming responsibility to deal with the discarded remains of what previous generations have left us. We see how money fuels our nation, and we have seen the response. I want to be able to re-teach future generations about humanity. About human decency, about civil rights, about climate change, and about how money isn’t always the answer. I want to leave this planet knowing that future generations will not only be aware of the amount of social, economic, and environmental issues but that they will know how to solve them. Or at least be a couple of steps closer to a solution.