You live in a country which has more freedoms and liberties than any other country on this planet. Those freedoms and liberties, privileges, and rights were not scattered about the land waiting for the Pilgrims to pick up and use. Those freedoms were bought. Money did not buy them. Shiny metal objects did not buy them. They were bought with the lives of U.S. citizens, pioneers and settlers who fought to gain freedom and escape the dominance of England. Much blood was spilled, many lives lost so that you today can benefit for what they fought and died for.
There are many graves more than 200 years old filled with the remains of those people who fought for you, died for you—and all you were to them was a dream.
We are in the process of choosing the next person to be the leader of our country. The next person can and will change many things, and most of those changes will affect you, your job, your family, and your way of life in some way.
If you have no interest in this upcoming presidential election or the candidates—you do not deserve to have the right to vote. People died for you to have the right to vote. They gave their lives. The LEAST you can do for those people is to take an interest in who will be the next president and get yourself to the polling place to cast your vote.
It is pathetic to see how many young Americans are so ignorant of our nation, our history, of who is who and who does what in our government. Such apathy and ignorance is a great shame and those of whom I write about should be ashamed of themselves.
Do you see thousands of people sneaking into China? Russia? North Korea? Syria? Iran? Do you get my point here?
Why do thousands upon thousands of people sneak into OUR nation? Because it is a very great nation, one of which you should be proud.
You have rights AND you have responsibilities. Freedom is NOT free. People/governments don’t just come up to you and say, “You are free. Freedom is yours. Take it.”
Two world wars were fought for freedom.
The Korean war was fought for freedom. Vietnam was fought for the freedom of South Vietnam.
The Civil War was fought for freedom. Again, thousands upon thousands died for freedom. Now, you have your freedoms. One is the freedom to vote.
Do not insult those who died for you and your freedoms by not voting.
Take an interest in this presidential race, and vote. Do not be an apathetic disgrace. You are an American. Act like one.