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October 14, 2008

Stop whining and do something

I recently read a blog that basically said it’s a waste of time and energy to speak up about the things we believe in because only the wealthy are heard. I think, instead, we have been a bunch of apathetic complainers who would rather whine about how unfair life is than make the effort to effect change. In previous elections, voter turnout has been abysmal. People are more interested in staying up for Monday Night Football than getting up for Tuesday morning voting.

And there’s the mindset that tells us protest is unpatriotic. Our country built on protest. American people have endured horrific treatment for their beliefs that all citizens deserve the right to vote, slavery is an abomination, schools should be integrated and children are not laborers.

If people want to have a stake in the future of this country, they must speak up, vote and write legislators often. To do nothing is not only a slap in the face of all the citizens and soldiers who fought and died to protect our rights. It is the single most unpatriotic thing anyone can do.

Holly Ites
Kansas City

Comments

mike d

People are more interested in staying up for Monday Night Football than getting up for Tuesday morning voting.

Holly, I don't get up on Tuesday morning to vote. I get up Tuesday morning and every other morning to go to work ya ding dong

NoMoreMrNiceGuy

Actually we need to go a step further, as the majority of those elected to represent us are not doing so but representing their gang or special interests on BOTH sides of the isle mind you.
We are far too passive.
Overall this nation is great but we are regressing as socialism is indoctrinating the majority of the globe. Media and lawyers running the show, while people gamble at the casinos, squeeze their budgets for NFL tickets, all the while stating the popular and fashionable "financial crisis" rhetoric.
I still continue to wonder why Barney Frank, Franklin Raines and others are not held accountable.

Marctnts

" It is the single most unpatriotic thing anyone can do."

I can think of at least a few more "unpatriotic" things that could be done, but the gist of the letter seems correct. Those who choose not to participate in the process have little right to complain about the results of the process.

 
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