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Sunday, April 10, 2011

What our Government Needs....

The world has been abuzz about the government shutdown.  This post here might determine if you become a follower or never glance back again.  Here is the social studies teacher in me coming out to talk to the educated people everyone should be.
I know this:
Many people were upset about the possible shut down of the government.
Many people "reposted" to Facebook or other social networks their frustration.
Many people watched snipits of TV news to hear what others were saying.
Many people didn't even know the "government shutdown" was a possibility until they saw some highlight the day before.
In my honest opinion - Military Personel should not go without pay - serving in time of war is not something you do for free.
Also - members of my family could have been affected by the "shut down" - so it is close to my heart.

I also know this.....
Sometimes the government feels like it is so cumbersome. 
Sometimes people feel their vote does not count.
Sometimes people feel things will never change.

And Finally ... I know this:

Less than 1/2 the people eligible to vote will.
Most people will not take the time to look up their voted "representative" - to see where he or she stood during the negotiations.
Most people will not hold their congress people accountable for actions and votes.
Most people will continue to look to other people when forming their own opinions. (for those who are really history nerds... this is the dfference between a primary source and a secondary source.  A primary source is directly from the horse's mouth and a secondary source is someone's interpretation of it.)
I really do not care if you are democrat or republican... If you believe in big government or little government. ... but can't you care?

What will be the final straw that makes people actually hold their elected representatives accountable and finally hit the poles and vote for people with the same values. 

People must take their thoughts and turn them into actions. This is the foundation of our country - and yet the biggest hurdle of all.

This post is not about the "shut down."  It didn't happen (in case you haven't watched the news.) and it most likely won't happen.

Point of this little Social Studies Lesson?  If you care enough to complain about the way things are done... then care enough to try to change it. The way you change things in this country is to vote

If you don't care enough to vote... then you probably shouldn't be complaining.

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