It’s Great to Live in America

Posted November 14, 2008 in Government by

As the dust of election week settles it occurs to me that it’s great to live in America.  Seriously.  I don’t think there’s probably a person out there who’s 100% happy with how every race and every measure on the ballot turned out.  Regardless, though, you have to admire the system.  A lot of people have talked about the wonders of the peaceful transfer of power and that can’t be overemphasized.  It is a great thing that leadership changes by counting of votes and not at gunpoint. 

I marvel at the fact that we the people have the chance not only to choose our elected officials but also to vote on laws that will impact our lives and the lives of our neighbors.  I often focus on the judicial branch of our government but the great thing is that the average citizen gets to participate in the legislative part of our government and help shape the executive one as well.

People often go through life feeling powerless to effect change whether it’s in their home, their workplace, or the world.  If the last several years have taught us anything, though, it’s that one single voice can make all the difference.  If you don’t like a law, stand up and voice your desire for change.  Round up your friends and neighbors and petition your representatives.  If there’s a need in your community that’s not being met, do what you can on a personal level to help out and then take your issue to your local government.  One person can single-handedly change the course of an election.  One person can also be the straw that broke the camel’s back and brought about change.

I guess my point is that regardless of how you feel about the outcome of the recent election, use that emotion to spur you on to get involved in local government.  If you want change, stand up and say so.  Our civic rights and responsibilities don’t end at the ballot box, they just begin there.

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