posted on Feb, 6 2008 @ 12:49 PM
I believe it was Ronald Reagan who said these were the 9 most terrifying words an American could hear...ever.
We all profess to distrust the gov't., yet time and again, and time and again, we holler and yelp like spanked puppies when they live down to our
expectations. When given an opportunity to be part of changing that, many of us, or even most of us, can't be bothered. You don't vote, you don't
participate, yet you are the first to squeal when something bad happens and the gov't isn't there. Then you blame some one, anyone...rather then
taking a long hard look in the mirror. Try it...you'll see the culprit starin' right back at ya.
I've heard all the excuses..."my vote wont make a difference" or "the winner is preselected" Yadda...yadda...and yadda. The litany is nearly
To be blunt, that's a load of monkey poo, folks. Get off your dead butts and make a noise. Go to the ballot box, march on Washington, knock on
doors, make sure the cantankerous old lady down the street gets to the polls.
Some Iraqis walked for days to cast their ballots. Are you saying you can't match their "wantto"? Well then, you needn't fuss when you get the
gov't. you deserve.
Even if your candidate didn't get nominated (mine didn't/or rather won't) to run for President there are still a multitude of issues up for vote
that are every bit as important as which butt sits in the White House. Local issues effect national politics every bit as much as the other way.
Prior to election day in November there are party conventions; local, state, and of course, national. This is where the party platforms are hammered
out. These are even more important, these are where the wanna be "powers that be" learn the will of the people. You want to make a difference?
That's where you do it. But to do that you gotta get off your ass and go.
Run for office. There's not one of us who hasn't at one time or another said "I can do a better job than that sumbitch!" Usually loudly. OK,
take a shot at it. I might even vote for you, lol.
There are a myriad of ways to help make a difference, I've mentioned only a dew. There are more.
Citizenship has duties that are implicit. Voting, and civic involvement are the most important.
It's our country, or it can be, if we get off our lazy, apathetic, Seinfeld-rerun watching butts and participate.
It's time for a revolution, at the ballot box. Revolutions can be bloody, physically and metaphorically. It's time for the blood to flow, if only
metaphorically. In the 80's we had "People Power" in the Philippines. Corazon Aquino was brought to power through it, Ferdinand Marcos was
removed. In Nicaragua, a revolution brought Daniel Ortega to power, not a great change perhaps, but it's what the people wanted...
In Panama, Cuba, Russia, the United States, South Africa, and many, many other places, people rose up and said "enough is enough". Elections and
all its associated workings are your chance to say "Enough is enough". Don't waste it.
This election cycle is perhaps the most important in our nations history. Perhaps only Abraham Lincolns election to the Presidency just prior to the
Civil War is the equal to this upcoming one. Certainly none was more important...