|June 5, 2006|
Why I Blame Myself for the War, Political Corruption, the Debt, and Two Stolen Elections
A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
Of the 15 years that I have been of voting age, I have not voted once. I have claimed that there has been no reason for me to vote to make a change in this country since the outcome never came down to 1 deciding vote. What is the point to registering and then deciding which of the two candidates was the lesser of two evils? Oh, I can sit back and say with a commanding voice that what is going on in politics is crooked and we have the wrong people in power. I can blame the Republicans in office as taking advantage of a system to fill their pockets anyway that they can. I blame Democrats for not standing up to the majority and fighting for the needs and goals of America. How can I sit back and watch as a passive spectator and think that I can complain about any of it?
America had two stolen elections in 2000 and 2004, the reason we went to war with Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11, and my first born child will owe more to the national debt at birth then my share right now. I get upset at all the people who are not fighting against the crooked things that are going on in Washington. It is amazing that people who watch Fox news can be misinformed on so many levels. I am in awe of the Republican stickers I see on huge gas guzzling SUVs. How can so many people support tax cuts that benefit such a small portion of the population and hurt such a substantially larger portion? The most important thing I wonder is what I am really doing to stop this.
I try to educate everyone around me about what is really going on. I try to remind people of all the crooked things our government is doing. I write these words here and wonder at the sheer hypocrisy it takes to do this because I don't vote. I don't give myself a voice. I truly have no right to complain about the last two presidential elections because my voice was not part of them. How can I sit here and tell anyone that they should be upset their vote didn't count? The person who took the time to register, make a determination on which was the better candidate, and then voted for that person should be more upset at me for not being active when it was needed then being active after the fact.
Every time we lose another life in the War on Terror I think that maybe I could have made a difference if I voted. I am angry at all the Republicans who found ways around military duty when it was their time, but had no problem sending other people to fight their wars. How can those politicians know how I truly feel? I have given myself no voice in the great political debates by my failure to act in the political process that gives sound to that voice. I can't blame anyone else for what has gone on the last 6 years because I took no part in any of the decisions.
It has taken me a long time to see the error of my ways. My only hope is that this can happen for everyone else out there who is not active. We must all vote in the next election so that our voices can be heard. I want an end to all the corruption in DC. I want to see an end to a war that is being fought illegally in the name of America. I want my child to know that you can never point out mistakes unless you are willing to be part of those decisions. This is my America too and it is time that I took an active role in the country of my birth and the country I would never trade for any other. 2006 needs to be the year we all make a change. The longer we wait the harder it is going to be to get our great nation back on track.
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