For many Americans-especially young voters and those who were previously uninterested in politics- this election has awaken them to exactly what can happen when you don’t pay attention, are uninformed, and are not politically involved.
The majority of Americans are tired of the lies, corruption, and dishonesty coming out of Washington. So, why do we continue to vote for candidates who will continue this trend? Because we know no better. Because the mainstream media tells us who to vote for and who to write off as crazy. Because we are told voting outside the two-party system is a wasted vote. And, simply, because we continue to look to politicians, and those running for office, to make the change instead of looking to ourselves and our fellow citizen.
There’s a saying, you might have heard it once or twice before, it goes like this, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” For some, this goes no further than a quote you put on Facebook or Twitter. For some, this is empty and meaningless. But there are some who see this and make an effort to live it out. Nobody owes you anything, nobody will give you what you want for free, nobody will make the changes you want to see done other than you.
So, why do we know this to be true, and still do nothing about it? Because we have been told if we vote for somebody from the opposing party-or even the same party but slightly different talking points-it will be better. This time it will be different, this time we will have real change, this time we will make a difference, not with our actions, but with our vote. Time and time again, however, nothing happens. Nothing changes.
Now, I am not saying not to vote, nor am I saying voting doesn’t matter. It is extremely important and I urge you to vote, not just in the presidential election, but in every election. There are good men and women in congress and it is important we continue to vote them and others like them in. Remember, the president can do practically nothing without approval from congress. voting in state and local elections is just as, if not more, important as voting in the presidential election-especially this election season.
What I am trying to accomplish here is not to tell you not to vote, but to do much more than just vote. To get out and be that change. Join a grassroots effort, be a voice for liberty that others are too afraid to, or claim to be “too busy”to be. If you are in college or high school, join a student group, be active, campaign for candidates that you know will bring about change for the better. Go door-knocking, circulate petitions, protest, raise awareness for the issues that you care about and do not give up no matter how much people shout you down. This is how real change occurs.
The Constitution is under constant attack, the Bill of Rights is continually being eroded, personal liberty is always being traded for a false sense of security. For what you might ask? well, nothing good. Our Founding Fathers knew what a runaway government could do, they gave us a brilliant and phenomenal system that has checks and balances to keep a corrupted government from taking over. But it is the duty of the citizen, the duty of each and every American to keep that government in check, yes-with our vote, but you cannot do so with your vote if you are not politically active/aware.
This will require what Ron Paul called, a philosophical and peaceful revolution. And it must be exactly that. If we want change in this country we must be ready to change ourselves. This must be a revolution of hearts and minds, a revolution of individuals coming together for one common interest: to save this country from the establishment and bring back a government that governs according to the Constitution and lives within its means.
If you take just one thing away from this article, make it this: change happens with both your vote and your activism. You are not too good to phone-bank, door-knock, or stand at a booth all day. You cannot continue to sit back and expect somebody else to defend the values of our Founding Fathers, it is the responsibility of each and every one of us to take a bold stand for the Constitution. We must vote in candidates that have a deep devotion to these principles. We must elect candidates that will fight for liberty. The establishment will continue to ignore us if we do not make our voice heard. It is your obligation to find and support someone who is running. If you cannot find somebody who believes in these values you must jump in the race yourself. Liberty is too important to not take a stand for, it is too important to pass the job onto somebody else.
Benjamin Franklin said, “A Republic, if you can keep it.” Our Republic is being threatened, it is our jobs to stay politically active. We must inspire a Renaissance of American politics and it must start with us.