- Politics and Social Issues
Why You Should Become More Politically Active
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
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!
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