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Why You Should Become More Politically Active

Updated on July 1, 2014
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A Psychological And Spiritual Depression Prevails

Americans are in a depression – and I'm not talking about an economic depression. The depression I refer to is a psychological and spiritual depression. This country has been beaten down by fighting two wars that have drained our treasury and our resolve. We have been betrayed by a banking system that we once trusted. Our children go off to college, and after we (and they) take on a mountain of debt that will be difficult to ever pay off, there are no jobs to be found. Our country is going broke, and a fiscal crisis is looming in our future. American jobs decrease as opportunies increase for our competitors. There is an increasing split between the wealthiest Americans and the rest of the population. All of this, and our crippled government seems unable to come to agreement on anything during a time when action is the most needed.

The depression that is eating at our national psyche is easy to spot by reading the comments that ripple throughout the Web. Classic symptoms of depression – lethargy, feelings of hopelessness, confusion, loss of direction and purpose, and an overwhelming sense of loss and sadness – abound.

We feel lethargic and hopeless because we think that things will never change, and that nothing we do will make a difference. Even voting seems like a waste of time to many. We are confused about what direction to take. There are so many conflicting voices, and with opinions promoted as hard fact by many news organizations, it's hard to sort out fact from fiction. We have lost the America that we once knew, and a great sadness is upon us – as if a loved one has died. What can we do to pull ourselves out of this overpowering and devastating depression?

The Best Cure For Depression Is To Take Action

If each one of us starts to take action, we can fight our way out of this paralyzing national depression. Remember, this government is BY the people and FOR the people. We will not solve the multitude of problems that we face by sitting around and mourning the state of our nation. Only by American citizens becoming empowered through action will this country be brought back from the precipice of disaster that we are teetering on. We have the power, but we're just not using it.

Good Sites To Check The Facts Out

FactCheck..org - A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center

Politifact.com - From the Tampa Bay Times

We Have The Power To Seek Out The Truth

If you are confused by hearing two different sides of a story coming out of the media, seek out the truth for yourself. There are many good fact checker sites on the Internet, and it often takes only a few minutes to get to the bottom of any given subject. This is going to be particularly important when listening to campaign statements made this presidential election. Don't just accept as fact the propaganda that campaign ads bombard you with. Find out the facts for yourself!

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We Have Economic Power

If you feel that China carries out unfair trade practices, then don't buy Chinese products. If you feel that too many jobs are being outsourced, then buy American made products. Support local businesses. If you think that your bank was involved in policies that caused the current economic crisis, go to another bank. If you think that a company is sending jobs overseas, don't buy their products. Put your money where your mouth is. Companies will change their policies if they are faced with losing business. After all, profits are their bottom line.

We Have Political Power

We have the power to vote. Disturbingly, only about 54% of American citizens voted in the last presidential election. Only about 37% usually vote in other elections. The reasons given for not voting included feelings that voting doesn't ever make a difference to flat out apathy concerning the candidates. Giving up your vote at this critical point in American history reminds me of someone being beaten over and over again, and never protesting or taking action to stop the abuse. Your vote does make a difference. If you don't like either candidate then vote for a third party or write your vote in. If you think neither party offers you a real choice, start to work on developing a strong third party. Whatever you do, make your voice heard – vote!

We have the power to let our views be known to our legislators. You can exert great influence over government policy by letting your voice be heard. Why do you think that lobbyists are so influential? Their voice is certainly heard loud and clear. You need to let your voice be heard as well. If you disagree with a bill that's been passed or going to be passed, call your representatives and let them know what you think. If you approve of something, let them know about that as well. Believe me, your vote is important to them. If enough of us get more involved, perhaps this terrible gridlock that we've seen in Washington will finally be broken.

Depression Be Gone!

So take action, America . Become empowered. Hopefully, we'll pull together as a nation, recover from our national depression, and build a stronger country that truly represents the people - as it was intended to do.

© 2012 Margaret Perrottet

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      Louisa, I've been taking more action as well. I'm trying to make my views known more frequently to the Congress and Senate, through writing, and through my purchases. Thanks so much for reading and commenting - I greatly appreciate it.

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      Louisa Rogers 4 years ago from Eureka, California and Guanajuato, Mexico

      Margaret-- I absolutely agree, and in fact decided to take action in my own community to combat my frustrations at things I'm not happy about locally. I use the power of the written word and write letters to corporations when I dislike their policies. We do determine our national future with our words and our wallets. Voted up, useful & interesting.

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      Peggy W - You're so right about the way Bush got into office. It shows how important each one of our votes is. Thanks so much for reading and voting - it's greatly appreciated!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Margaret,

      For the people who do not think that their votes matter...a few votes in different precincts can tip an election one way or another. One does not have to go too far back in history to realize that a few votes in Florida won the election for George W. Bush winning all the electoral votes making him President. Often in local elections, a few votes also make the difference between winning and losing.

      Choosing to buy only American made products is another way to make one's voice heard. You are correct in that we DO have a voice that can effect change if only we choose to exercise it. Up and useful votes!

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      Margaret Perrottet 5 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      I like the way you put it - that it is a social and moral obligation to become more active. I'm glad to be there along with you and Billybuc. Thanks so much for reading and voting.

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      Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

      Great hub! Billybuc and I have been on this band wagon for a while now, trying to show people that it is our social and moral obligation to be active in creating the change we all want and need. It's wonderful to have another voice in the movement and you said it so well. Voted up!

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      Margaret Perrottet 5 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      You're right literatelibran - Chic-Fil-A is a perfect example of the power of your dollar. Thanks so much for reading and commenting - greatly appreciated!

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      literatelibran 5 years ago from Williamsburg, Virginia

      Very interesting post. Chic-Fil-A's cessation of funding anti-gay groups is proof that your dollars are votes, and we do have power! Thanks for the reminder.

      I suspect that you might count more than two wars, though...

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      Margaret Perrottet 5 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      Thanks for reading and commenting, wilderness - I appreciate it!

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      Dan Harmon 5 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      A good analysis that I would only one thing to. It isn't just lethargy or confusion, it is the increasing concept that we are somehow OWED anything we want. Paid for by someone else.

      This may well be one result of the lethargy and hopelessness, but I believe it is a major factor in what America is facing. Too many people that are quite content to live off the work done by someone else and let someone else dictate how they should live. Get off your duff and support YOURSELF! Take care of YOURSELF! You don't need the great father figure in DC to tell you how to live - make your own decisions and back them up with action.

      And just as you say, it all comes down to action. Sitting at home and griping, even online, won't help - only outright action will. Until we once more become a nation of workers and thinkers, making our own decisions and taking care of ourselves as adults rather than children being watched over by self serving politicians in the role of father figures it won't change.

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      Margaret Perrottet 5 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      Doctor Bees World - My husband and I call our representatives, but I haven't actually gotten on their web sites - that's a great idea. Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

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      Doctor Bees World 5 years ago

      Mperrottet - I completely agree with every aspect of your analysis, and believe that if more Americans followed your suggestions for taking our country back from the politicians, it would be a better place. Individual empowerment is key to the success of grass roots movements. One way you can become more informed without watching the media circus is to join your representatives websites, and get the weekly activity reports by email. I communicate to our

      Senator (Steve Pearce) on issues important to me, and can also follow what he is doing for our state. Thanks for this great article!

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      Margaret Perrottet 5 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      @billybuc - I agree, it is necessary. We all need to take action for change to take place. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I have been beating this drum for some time now. I cut back to nothing six years ago because I knew things were going from bad to worse, and there is no rebound in sight. This takes each individual making up their mind that they are going to change their lifestyle AND force change in the system. That's a mighty big slice of bread to butter but it is necessary.

      Great hub my friend.

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      Margaret Perrottet 5 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      Thanks for reading and commenting, K9keystrokes.

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      India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

      You offer some very inspirational ideas to help defeat the overall depressed condition of the USA. I agree with your overall concept that action speaks louder than do words.

      Cheers~