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Citizenship Doesn’t Stop at Voting

October 28, 2013 8 comments


If you’re like many Americans, you’ve had enough with the politics of the day intruding upon and negatively impacting our daily lives. Some wonder why government and its elected officials don’t just do their jobs. At times like these, it’s important to remember that we are citizens who have a job to do as well – not unlike those before us. Each of us has to fight for what’s right in our country. Yes, citizenship doesn’t stop at voting.

Get involved with your local community boards and learn the facts about what is happening in your neighborhood. Then move up the ladder and investigate what is impacting your town, city, state, country, and our world.

Then see if you can you imagine…

a world where people make, at the very least, a living wage.

Then see if you can you imagine…

our soldiers receiving proper care and being at home more often than not.

Then see if you can you imagine…

living in an environmentally-friendly world with no fear of fracking our environment.

Then see if you can you imagine…

you and your family receiving proper healthcare.

Then see if you can you imagine…

a world with gun control.

Whether you can or can’t imagine these possibilities, contact your elected officials and tell them what you are for and against. If you are in a party, re-investigate what the party platform is and ask yourself if you still align with the party line. Remind your elected officials that they need to focus on what can be agreed upon. Advise them to stop the partisan bickering and find common ground. Ask them to consider citizens’ issues – not party politics. The influx of “artificial emergencies” over the debt ceiling, sequestration and government shut down spark real emergencies for the rest of us, and it has to stop. Remember, the squeaky wheel gets the oil. If you don’t use your voice, then your elected officials are not hearing your concerns. Instead, they’re hearing the voices and concerns of others.

Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.  – John F. Kennedy

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