A recent report from Gallup found the following:
“Fewer Americans are satisfied with the freedom to choose what they do with their lives compared with seven years ago — dropping 12 percentage points from 91% in 2006 to 79% in 2013.”
As you celebrate our Independence Day today with family and friends, please take some time to think about what is happening to our country. And while you are at it, quit only blaming the politicians. Take a second to acknowledge that much of this is your fault. We elect these men and women that continuously pass legislation that is destroying our Natural rights.
While you shovel that burger down your throat, drink that next beer, or light that next firework, ask yourself if you have even remotely invested the same amount of energy in getting involved in the political process.
Don’t like the people in power, do something to change it. The systems only rigged if you believe it is rigged. To say it doesn’t matter makes no sense. It especially matters when only about 10-15% of the electorate actually votes. You can make an impact. Remember, those men that pledged their lives, their honors, and their sacred fortunes to found this nation are as relevant in 2014 as they were in 1776. Being part of the “body politic” is your one true duty as a citizen.
Take a few minutes to talk with a friend or family member about principles. (If you really think about the numbers in this poll, we have a lot of work to do here, 8 out of 10 people you might know don’t even see a problem with what is happening in this country.)
It’s not about party, but somehow we have allowed political parties to become too much a part of our identity. Have you realized that neither political party seems to be making this country better? There is worthless politicians in both parties. It’s not about agreeing with someone on every issue. (I’ve been guilty of this in the past, and I’m trying to do better.)
Don’t compromise on your principles, but realize that parties and politicians probably don’t fully represent them. Find common ground where possible, but be hard-headed and soft-hearted when you can’t.
As a father who wants to hand a better America to his son, I beg of you, please get involved.