I think the issue is what are you going to do about it. It is not a question of can I do anything about it. WHAT are you going to do about it?
Things to ask yourself:
Do you like living in America?
What exactly about America do you have a beef with?
(after identifying this then you can proceed to the next question)
How can it be fixed?
What are you going to do to help the "fix"?
Look, I love America. I live in it and I have more freedoms and opportunities than the rest of the world. No, I do not like all the history of
America as one already pointed out that America was built upon slavery and murder. But in the history of civilization, what country was not built
upon by some form of slavery or murder?
My beef with America is that it seems that our governmental system has forgotten the "representation by the people" and focused on the "for the
people". I view our government like a waterwheel. The people are the water. the water which goes into the wheel are our votes. Water goes in (we
vote) our votes count and the wheel turns. It seems that either not enough water is going into the wheel or someone has jammed and is manipulating
the wheel from turning. Eventually, the back-logged water will flood the wheel by force and one of two things can happen. The wheel starts turning
again or the water overtakes and demolishes the water-wheel house. Take it or leave it but this is my analogy.
My encouragement is that we do not give up on our governmental system. Continue voting and participating. Inform others. Encourage others. If you
do not have a solution to the problems but know someone who does and is trustworthy, back them up.
As you see bills you object to being presented, you may be asking yourself, "What can an average American citizen do?". The answer is we have always
had the power to change things. We just never did anything. We have to put most of the blame on ourselves for allowing this civil liberties being
breached. Senate has already passed this, it is stalled in congress, though.
If the majority of the registered voters in that person's precinct demand they vote one way regarding a bill, the representative is most likely going
to vote your way. Otherwise we will not vote for them nest term. They will not be re-elected. Most representatives want to be re-elected. All of us
need to spread this secret to all and all of us need to start exercising our voices and votes.
Here are Direct links to find both your congressman and Senate so you can contact them.
Find and write your congressman
Find and write your Senator
If worse comes to worse and revolution is the only option left, at least you can say I tried and gave it my all and you can feel better about
participation in the revolution. Otherwise you are just part of the problem and not part of the solution.
[edit on 1/27/2009 by Amaxium]