This afternoon over lunch, I was having a conversation with a certain friend of mine (who shall remain nameless). Now, normally, this guy and I get along okay. Sure, we rag on each other occasionally, and he sometimes demonstrates a unique talent for driving me up the wall, but aside from that we’re pretty good. Except for one thing.
Now, you who read my blog regularly know that I have strong political convictions, and I tend to be vocal about said convictions. Usually, I can keep a conversation going with someone, no matter what their political leaning, for at least a minute. Not this guy. As soon as I mention anything remotely political, he completely shuts me out. “No, you know what? No. I don’t wanna hear it. I don’t care. Just, no.” Every time, he does that. Said quote is ususally followed by him attempting to engage someone else in conversation by saying (in a rather loud and obnoxious voice designed to completely drown me out. “So, soandso, how’s the weather today? Did anything exciting happen at school/work?” etc. Every time. Today was no exception.
Today, it finally hit me. He doesn’t care about what the government does. Moreover, he doesn’t want to care. He doesn’t want to be bothered with what happens in Washington, so long as it doesn’t affect him too much.
This is what’s wrong with America. There are too many people like my friend, on both sides of the fence, who don’t care about what the government does and don’t want to care either. They are just content to sit on the sidelines and watch Washington. Then there are the ones who whine and moan and just b!^(& when the candidate they didn’t like won the election, then turn around and say they didn’t vote. They didn’t care, didn’t want to be bothered with it.
Well, guess what. They need to be bothered with it. They need to care. Our system of government only works, only really works, if everyone stands up and gets involved. Think about it: Congress’ approval rating gets worse and worse, yet we keep voting the same scumbags back into office. Why? Because the people who b!^(& and moan about how horrible things are don’t go out and vote the scumbags out of office.
I don’t care what side of the fence you’re on, if you want things to change, if you want your voice to be heard, I mean really heard by the politicians in your local, state, and Federal government, you need to get out and vote, even if it is inconvenient (by the way, it’s not supposed to be fun or convenient). You need to start caring, you need to start wanting to care. Or else we’re all going to wake up and be like the British, wondering “what the Hell has happened to our country?”