Taking back what is rightfully ours

By Paul Nasella
October 28, 2004

Scott Fobes

America needs to care more about itself and less about the rest of the world.

How can we call ourselves great when American jobs are being off-shored? When many of the products we use on a daily basis are being manufactured overseas? When our own government wants to cut the social security for our parents and ourselves because they mismanaged the budget? How can we be great when it is the multinational corporations and big businesses of America who are running the supposed ‘democracy’ instead of the people themselves? There needs to be something done to make America a much better place for those who have to grow up in this great land. If nothing is done, these problems are only going to get worse.

I feel that for the sake of America and its future, there needs to be something done for the sake of the people rather than the sake of the corporations. For too long have the people of the United States been controlled by the powers that be instead of the power that rests within themselves. We as a people need to say to the government that reigns over us that enough is enough and that it is time for a change. If things continue the way that they are, we could find ourselves in the midst of a draft or paying over $3.00 dollars a gallon for gas.

The citizens of America need to take control of their democracy because the government has grown too powerful and controlled by those with money and it is causing the middle and lower classes to suffer. Health care costs and gas prices are becoming less affordable everyday. I can’t even begin to describe what it is like to watch my mother sitting at the kitchen table struggling to pay her bills only to tell me that she doesn’t have enough money to pay all of them for that month.

Being a college student, myself, I know financial burden rather well. It was just last week that I paid nearly $30 to fill my car up with gas. To make matters worse, my tuition costs just rose again as well.

An issue that is not widely spoken about in America is social status. I don’t think it’s fair how those in the middle and lower classes are stuck being part of those classes for the rest of their lives. I think there needs to be something done to allow these people to rise in status to become better off than they were before.

How can you tell a child of a middle or lower-class family that they can grow up to be somebody when it has been found that the social class you grow up in is the social class you’ll end up in. I know it is true for my family, and I’m sure it’s the same for yours as well.

I also feel that there needs to be something done to better educate the youth of America. I can’t even begin to count the number of stupid things I have seen and heard over the years. If we better educate our children, we will be able to keep stupid acts and comments from happening.

I also feel that there should be more done in high schools to teach students about their government as well as how they can take part in it. But then again, history textbooks leave out any real useful information anyway.

What we as Americans can do to take back this land that is so rightfully ours is to go to our local polling places and place our vote. Since there is a presidential election in less than a week, it serves as our golden opportunity to actually change America for the better. By placing our ballot on Nov. 2 , we are taking back this majestic land from sea to shining sea. By doing so, we will be helping to right the evil that was unleashed upon us four years ago.

What we can also do is to write our congressman and pay close attention to the current legislation that is being discussed within congress. By keeping a basic knowledge of what is going on, Americans will be better informed about their government and it’s actions. To quote Benjamin Franklin, “Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature.”

Posted to the Web by: Scott Fobes

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