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.