Change starts with YOU

In Change starts with YOU on November 4, 2008 at 11:14 pm

change I find it pretty interesting that people assume one man, one president, on political party can change America. That these people we elect into office are our “saviors” and all responsibility rests on their shoulders.

This is the kind of thinking that keeps us from making progress in the right direction. This prevents us from seeing the real change we need not only in this country, but in the entire world. Yes, I do believe they help a great deal and voting is crucial- I don’t believe this is the final answer. Until we as Americans and we as humanity in general accept our own accountability, we will never reach that common ground we all strive to achieve.

If you have a problem with the way things are run, your voice can create a following. The greatest leaders of the world have one major component in common- they spoke up. How ridiculous is it for us to think that all we can do to affect our country and the way things are run is to vote? That is a fool’s way of thinking. If we never speak up, nothing will ever change. If it weren’t for the actions of the people ACTIVELY involved in the civil rights movement, there wouldn’t even be a possibility of a black president. If there weren’t people throughout history fighting for woman’s rights we wouldn’t even have the right to vote, let alone run for the presidency! This is an amazing time we live in and it could only get better if we all accept our own responsibilities in society and start making the changes we so hope to accomplish. Quit leaving it up to those “in charge” and start taking charge.

If your child’s school is not being run properly, don’t sit around and wait for someone else to speak up. Speak up! Stand up for what YOU believe is right. If you are tired of hitting potholes on a certain street you can’t avoid, speak up about it. I am sure no one likes having to drive over potholes. Form a petition. Harass the proper people to harass until they get so tired of answering your calls, getting your e-mails and hearing from you in any way, they may just do something about it!

The one’s with the loudest voices are the ones who are heard. So if you choose to sit around and do nothing for yourself, do nothing for those around you, do nothing to assist in the change you hope to see, then don’t complain when nothing happens. If you are so passionate about an issue, get involved!

No matter who wins this race, wether it is McCain or Obama, they alone will not be able to produce miracles. They will not be able to totally deliver everything you want to see. So until you assume your responsibilities as an American citizen and contribute to society however you deem necessary, don’t complain about not seeing change. Change will ALWAYS start with the people.


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