government isn’t FAILING you, you are FAILING government

A Facebook friend of mine wrote as his status something about election day and his point was that he could choose not to vote and then complain about who was elected after. His lax, lazy attitude pissed me off. That idea is such bullshit. You cannot have it both ways. You cannot refuse to participate in government and then complain about government failing you. It is your civic duty to be involved in your government. This means voting. It means volunteering. It means lobbying for a bill. It means signing a petition

I am sick of people sitting on their asses and then bitching when the government fails them. Well why shouldn’t the government fail you if you consistently fail the government? And when people moan about government not doing anything for them I want to kick them and ask what they have done for the government.

I don’t care if you are a member of the Tea Party, the Republican Party, the Democratic Party, the Green Party, the Libertarian Party, or any of the other parties existing as long as you are doing your civic duty. We are so damn lucky to have a voice in this country. Our freedom to speak out against the government and our freedom to choose who we want to represent us is rare in our world today.

Use the power that you have.

I know Obama is not everyone’s favorite person, but all ranges of  the political spectrum can appreciate the way he calls the country to political participation. His first ad campaign after being elected was centered around the control and ability each citizen has. How do we miss that? How have we forgotten the power one voice has to change the way this country opperates. And you have to know that in a country over three million voices strong, someone has to believe in what you believe. Can you imagine what it would be like to stand together with all those who share your ideas? The change that can come from everyday citizens is overwhelming… if only we would step up.

So, get off your ass, do something, and then you can tell me how the system has failed you. But until you choose to participate in government, I don’t want to hear it.