An Open Letter to Apathetic Americans on Behalf of Ron Paul
by Connor Boyack
There are many
characteristics that bind us as a people, but in recent years I
have seen one rise dramatically in prevalence: apathy. Faced by
numerous problems of vast import on local, state, and national levels,
we prefer to give in and give up. Rather than fighting for an ideal,
we "go along to get along."
Such an attitude
politics is not new; many of our ancestors faced problems of
their own by admitting defeat and capitulating. Perhaps unintentionally,
this apathetic attitude has been transmitted from one
generation to the next, with each generation successively becoming
disinterested and disenchanted.
has grown in size, an individual's influence
decreases. Those who do write their representatives are answered
by form letters drafted by secretaries. Those who wish to jump into
the fray and get involved are bewildered by how
many problems exist and how little they can do to affect change.
In our generation,
we've been taught a few key principles that have engendered a continued
sense of apathy and enlarged the disconnect between politicians
and their constituents. Let's review a few of the more notable ones:
for the lesser of two evils.
loyalty has taken the place of American patriotism.
Eager to implement the party's
agenda throughout the nation, voters are encouraged to vote
for their party's candidate, regardless of any apparent problems
he (or she) may have. Surely we must not throw
away our vote on a third party candidate or a write-in! We don't
want the other
guy to win, do we?
And so, we
are counseled to cast our vote along party lines, regardless of
which candidate is anointed by the delegates to represent them.
What's that, you say? You disagree with most of the candidate's
platform? Well, that doesn't matter… Better him than the other party's
person can't make a difference.
one person among millions – what difference could you possibly make?
With the Electoral
College determining the actual vote, your vote doesn't matter
much. So why vote? Why get involved?
The role of
is frequently minimized in our media-saturated culture. Rarely will
you hear inspiring stories on the news about the impact a "normal
citizen" has made. Unless you're rich or famous, you're led to believe
that you have no role to play with "the big boys."
got better things to worry about than politics.
who wants to follow the news
and think about politics all day? And it moves so quickly that you
can't just casually be updated once in a while. So why bother? You've
got bills to pay, meetings to attend, and sports games to watch.
It seems that
we've all been taught to leave politics to
the politicians. We've outsourced "we the people" to "they the
legislators," trusting that they will do no wrong.
for our apathy
The best solution
for curing apathy is often a situation that offers hope,
an avenue to make one's voice heard, and an opportunity to participate.
That solution is offered by Dr.
Ron Paul, Republican presidential candidate.
While his opponents
are busy attracting voting blocs within their party, Paul is attracting
Americans. Be they from the left
or involved, supporters are
signing up in droves to jump on the bandwagon a
vehicle finally offered them to make
Many of Paul's
supporters are themselves once-apathetic individuals who have never
voted in a presidential election. Disillusioned by the corruption
and self-serving in Washington, these people had long since given
up on participatory politics. But then they found Ron Paul, and
have latched onto a very unique opportunity at fighting for the
Constitution, for liberty, and for small government.
The cure for
apathy is not top-down instruction from some so-called leader, instructing
his followers on what to do and how to do it. This creates nothing
more than brainless peons. No, the real cure for apathy is speaking
truth to power, inspiring
the masses, and giving them the ability to innovate
Ron Paul, a
doctor by profession, is today's cure for political apathy. A simple
list of his accomplishments
and notables shows how he stands out from the crowd. And unlike
practical politicians that change their tune with every shift in
the wind, Paul is consistent,
saying the same thing today as he did thirty years ago.
He can cure
your apathy, too. Don't believe me? Set aside an hour to watch this
video, and you'll find yourself inspired, motivated, and amazed
that principled politicians are not yet an extinct species. Even
if you disagree with some of his views, you can't help but respect
a man who is consistent and devoted to principle.
of apathy and indifference, America, that we've allowed such corruption
to persist. If we're to ensure that the Constitution
remains intact and the rule
of law respected, we must find a way to overcome our apathy.
Paul is the doctor
with the cure.
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