We are currently in the throes of a monumental and historic presidential election. One that will shape the direction of our country for decades to come. This is not the first time, nor will it be the last, that we as a nation of free citizens will be faced with an important decision.
Today, we are facing unprecedented challenges. It is time for this generation of Americans to address our problems and seize the profound opportunities before us.
Today, our country is calling us to active duty. Our country needs us. Needs us to get off our couches and participate. You can’t just say you love our country then remain silent. Patriotism and love of country are more than just celebrating it on the Fourth of July; it is accepting the challenge and responsibility to do your part to participate. You can and will make our country stronger by excepting your responsibility and participating in the political process this election year.
I have often been weary of people bemoaning the country and then failing to take action to participate. Our constitution begins with, “We, the people of the United States in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, promote domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessing of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the Unites States of America.” It does not say, “We, the Congress…”, or “I, the president…”, it says “We, the people …” Daniel Webster a 19th century statesman and U.S. Senator said on the floor of the U.S. Senate, “It is the people’s constitution, made for the people, by the people, and answerable to the people.” It is our turn as “the people” to do our part. If we indeed do this you will enrich our country, and our country will be stronger as a result.
There are actions that we as citizens can, and must do. This is our starring role in the movie to create a more perfect union. A movie that is based on a democratic, citizen driven government. Most agree that Ronald Reagan, a former actor was a great communicator. It his final speech to the American public, in January 1989, Reagan use this eloquent analogy by saying, “We, the people tell the government what to do. It doesn’t tell us. We, the people are the driver – the government is the car, and we decide where it should go and by what route and how fast.” It is time for us to play our part and take control of the car, the car known as the United States government.
But, how can we do this? Here is a list of actions I have outlined in my pocket guide entitled, The 7 Actions of Highly Effective Advocates. They are:
- Believe – you can make a difference
- Be informed – do your research
- Discuss the Issues – spread the word
- Get on the Record – write, speak out, act
- Be a resource – provide expertise
- Volunteer – play a part
- Contribute – donate your money or time
BONUS ACTION: VOTE
Do a little or do a lot. Be informed about the candidates. Discuss the issues of the campaign. Speak out for your beliefs. When you can, volunteer and contribute. There are many details in my book.
Dwight David Eisenhower implored us to participate, “Politics ought to the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people.” We, the citizens. We, the free people of the United States of America have the obligation to protect the rights and privileges of the next generations. We have the power of ballot box. If you do nothing else this election year – VOTE. It is our duty to participate in our politics, others around the world would love our duty. It is your right, others around the world would love our right. And as such we should use it. Every last one of us.