Building America is the privilege of every able-bodied citizen. You can do it physically and metaphorically. You can do it literally or behind the scenes. You can wield a tool or train others. It takes place in all the little towns across the country and in city centers as well. It is everywhere you look. The US is a motley maze of rural and urban expanses with as much variety as a deluxe set of household tools.
Speaking of tools, it does taken quite a few to make even a dent in any construction project. The infrastructure of this country certainly gives every willing soul an opportunity to participate. There are so many areas that are literally falling down or apart that need your help. I know we live in a digital age, but, guys, there is work to be done! If you can’t do it, then support it. Vote for municipal bond issues and buy them in mutual funds. It’s your duty and responsibility to make your views known.
Maybe I can only get your support, but if I can also get some manual labor out of you, so much the better. You say you are leery of tools? So be it. But think about what needs repair and refurbishing in your community and then elect to do hard things. Get off your duff and get out your favorite tool bag or tool chest, and go at it! Or get on the soap box and elect officials who will assign tasks.
Think how much was done during the time of the famed WPA (Works Project Administration under President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal policy) after WWI. They didn’t have the safety standards and modern equipment we have today. Nevertheless, bridges, courthouses, stadiums, freeways, dams, public buildings, roads were constructed, and they still need on-going attention. You have to be proud of those who paved the way to our modern world. One by one, tool by tool, our country took shape and entered a new era of strength after the Great Depression. Money was diverted to the military effort during WWII, but once it was over, the need for repair and building resumed.
Even if you are a conservative politically, you have to recognize the vital and inevitable role of the government in funding projects like parks and fairgrounds, schools, observatories, utilities, athletic fields, and theaters that provided much-needed jobs and food for family tables. Literally billions were spent over a decade. For those so inclined, money went out for art, music, and writing projects that helped make America the cultural powerhouse it is today.
Now money is scarcer with so many projects barking at the government’s heels, and allocation takes serious thought. But there was a time that it flowed to power the country and provide an infrastructure. Sometimes it was for the public’s benefit, sometimes for more esoteric interests. That is always the way it seems. Nevertheless, environmentally-conscious officials stepped in when and where they could to ensure the greater good.