October 7, 2008 11:13 AM 10/7/08
So I’m listening and watching to as little political stuff as possible. To me the arguments are one-sided and unfortunately for any third-party candidates our current system only really allows two choices for president.
But here’s the thing - it allows a buttload of choices for other representatives. And those representatives are often MORE important than who becomes the president.
I’m all for voting an incumbents out. Period. The problem is that there seems to be no complete list of them! It’s a lot of work to check hundreds of names to find out how long they’ve been in office. And if it’s one thing the American people don’t want it’s more work.
But that’s what it’s all about people. Maintaining a government that has your best interests at heart _IS_ a lot of work. People just two generations before the current one knew this. The fact that we should and _HAVE_ to work this hard for _OUR_ government has been long glossed over by the media and large corporate interests.
“Well the government will do something about that.” - Not unless you do so yourself because you ARE the government.
“I don’t need to protect myself the government will.” - Yes. They’ll protect you by taking away your rights. You’re awfully safe in a small box with the door shut and police on the other side. Until a criminal sneaks in the window that is...
“But the terrorists!” - Who’s more a terrorist? The people who killed thousands or the people torturing millions.
“Well I don’t mind privacy invasions because I have nothing to hide!” - Umm...okay...so you’re the modern equivalent of Gandhi or Mother Theresa then? Not likely. I’d think about all the things you hide from other people and if you want them all exposed. How many of you have illegal music? How many of you have “medicinal herbs”? How many of you practice a religion which is unpopular? Let us all share the deepest, darkest, horrible secrets of our souls....you first.
There is NO excuse for not running your own government - and even less for not even voting.
“But that’s so HAARD!”
Sorry - them’s the breaks.
Hey America! Remember when you used to be young and thin and nothing in the world mattered more than you? Nothing could stop you from anything you wanted to do and you were so proud! What happened?
Well like most people you sat on your butt and let time pass you by. You ceased to care about doing anything but sitting in front of the TV or the computer. The government people all run by corporations said “Don’t worry about it! We’ll take care of everything for you!”
And we believed them - myself included.
So what happened is the same thing that happens to anybody who parks themselves in front of the TV. We got lazy. We got fat. (Myself included.) The government kept whispering in our ears that they’d keep us safe and handle everything.
And the government too grew fat and lazy. And as a result things began to break down. Laws began to break down. Infrastructure began to break down. People began to break down.
And that’s where we are now - broken.
We need to get up off our collective asses and fix our broken country. It’s not going to get fixed by who’s in the government offices because they are only one part of the government - we are the other part.
And we’ve not been involved in the mechanism for quite some time now.
So what’s this come down to? Well it comes down to the fact that you should at least vote. I won’t try and sway your choices - that’s up to you.
But I’ll tell you one thing. There is one thing and only one thing corrupt government people fear.
When you and those around you are organized and informed and active you are the one thing that can stop them from spending more of your money on useless things or taking away your rights or hiding in the halls of power ignoring what you want.
Raise your voices people. Tell them that enough is enough and you will no longer be trapped by their whims.
You’re better than that people and I have a great amount of faith in you.