“By changing nothing, nothing changes.”
With the recent political conventions in the US and constant talk about politicians stance on issues facing the country one thing seems completely clear to me, if we want change we need to create change. When Obama ran on the platform of hope and change four years ago it sounded great. Whether you believe in his politics or ability most people can agree that we needed change. We needed reform. We needed to strengthen our country economically and socially. Millions of Americans bought into this ideal only to be disappointing in the lack of results over the past four years. Those opposed to Obama can say that they knew the change would not happen or would not be positive but that is not the point.
The state of America should not be in the hands of a President, Congress or Senate it should be in the hands of the people. We live in a free country. That is right people – Free. What we do with that freedom is up to us. We can sit around the living room, watching TV and complaining loudly about this politician or that policy or we can stand up and actually do something. It is time that Americans remember that politicians are elected by us and it is their duty to represent us. If they are not doing a good job, replace them. If they say one thing and do another get them out of office. If they are unable to come up with ideas good enough to make an impact then we need to come up with the ideas. Our founding fathers did not fight for our freedom simply for us to behave fat, lazy and entitled. It is our job to fight for what we want, to demand it. It is our governments job to listen and to implement the wishes of the people.
Let me be clear this has nothing to do with Republicans or Democrats, nothing to do with Obama or Romney. As far as I am concerned they are just people like the rest of us. They were not born with vast wisdom or superior knowledge. They are, or should be, merely a representation of the people. We cannot continue to blame our politicians for all of our woes unless we are willing to come up with our own ideas, speak our mind, let our voices be heard and replace them if necessary. The biggest fault with the “Change” message of Obama four years ago was not the message itself but the idea that the change could come from a few. Change needs to happen because each one of us wants it and we are willing to take the steps necessary to bring it about.
This is an election year and an opportunity for the American people to show what is really important to them and what they are willing to do about it. News stations are focusing non stop on the campaigns bombarding us with every detail from what someone said in a Tweet to a TV ad. I am much more interested in hearing what the American people want their country and future to look like than a Tweet from a campaign manager. Let your voice be heard because at least some of us are interested.