I was in my late teens and in the military when college students and other young Americans protested the Vietnam war. There were marches. There were sit-ins. There were protests. There were signs. And the government took notice. All those actions by all those young people influenced government policy and decisions. They even played a big part in the announcement by President Johnson that he was not going to run again for president. Americans made their voices heard and history listened.
Today is a different world. Today, young Americans don’t seem to care enough to protest, to march, to have sit-ins, to carry signs. No, young Americans today prefer to post their dissatisfaction with government and things in general on Facebook. The truth is, all that whining on Facebook is NOT having ANY influence on the government. History is NOT listening.
It seems young Americans today prefer to be passive and lethargic. It seems not even ONE young American, not ONE college student even dreamed of actually doing something active, to publicly voice their concerns and disapproval.
Young Americans today have become an immense flock of baa-ing sheep. They make noise, but are easily controlled by little things like dogs and a man with a stick. The sight is pathetic.
Complaints against Michelle Obama. Complaints against Barack Obama. Complaints against government control. Complaints against Islam. Complaints against invasion of privacy. Complaints, complaints, complaints. But NO ONE is actually DOING anything about it. And the sad part is no one WILL do anything about anything.
If you want change, if you want corruption stopped, if you want taxpayer money to stop being wasted, if you want anything from the government, you have to put down your cell phones, your ipads, your tablets, your video games, your computers, and get off your lazy asses and go out into the streets and VOICE your complaints.
March. Protest. Carry signs. Get media coverage. Fill the streets with protesting young Americans. March on Washington. Create traffic jams because of the huge crowd of Americans who seriously care about their country. Have sit-ins on college campuses. Have sit-ins at government buildings. Create havoc.
THEN—THEN government will take notice. THEN—THEN history will listen. THEN—THEN you can effect change. But nothing will ever change if all you do is whine online.
Come on, young Americans. Take some pride in your country. Have confidence that your voices, joined together, can make things happen. You CAN change things—if you get off your butts and make the effort.
We did it back in the 60’s. You can do it now. Your enemy is more apathy than the government. Dump apathy and go out and change things in your country. What’s the saying? Oh, yeah—
JUST DO IT!