A Call For Revolution J. Mastracchio (11/14/07) The Jamestown colony was established 400 years ago, 1607.

After 169 years of British rule the United States declared its independence, 1776. Our country has been independent for 231 years and for 11 of those years we operated under the Articles of Confederation. We have been operating under the United States Constitution for 220 years, but a mere 51 years separate the time we spent under British rule from the time we’ve spent under our current government. Our founding fathers were so frustrated with the government that ruled them they took up arms against it. They were revolutionaries, great thinkers who wanted something more and men of action, who bled and died to ensure our freedom. Men who gave their lives so we could have the freedoms they did not, men who died so we could be free. Democracy boils down to one thing, voting. America was founded on the will of the people; our government operates with the consent of the governed. Our forefathers left us a tool that takes power away from those who have it and returns it to the people. Voting is powerful; it enables a populace to have a revolution without bloodshed. Democracy means a revolution every time an election occurs. The old government is thrown out and a new one is selected by the people. Americans needs to wake up and realize that their votes do matter, that change is possible. The average American citizen does not realize that they can make a difference in the world. You are lazy America; you’ve convinced yourself that you’re just one person and your one vote will not make a difference. Citizens complain and complain, but a vast majority of them never do anything. Today America is a country of whiners, a group of crybabies who like to hear themselves complain; all people do is whine that nothing will ever change. The reason things don’t change is because no one sparks change. If you want this country to change, get off your ass and change it. All you need to do is vote, run for office, or lobby; do something because “the only place success comes before work is the dictionary.” The fact that a majority of Americans complain and don’t vote is what is wrong with this country. Our forefathers died to ensure us the right to vote. They laid their lives down for future generations that they would never know. But what a waste their sacrifice was; the people they fought for, you and me, ignore the very idea they died for. You have the chance to have a revolution of your own; you can change the government and the world. We, the people, formed this country and we, the people, are in control. How often is a person’s logic, “if I don’t vote for the popular candidate, I’ll be throwing my vote away.” That is the stupidest thing I have ever heard! You will be voicing your opinion; you will be exercising a right that men have died for. Your vote does, I can not stress this enough, does matter. Why would you vote for a candidate who doesn’t represent you or your beliefs? If you never vote for the person who best represents you, they will never get elected. If you vote for a “winner” then you are truly throwing your vote away, wasting your vote because you want to be on the winning side. Many people believe that nothing will ever change because our government is so corrupt. When asked if they voted their sad response is often no. Well, that’s why our

government is corrupt, because you sit around and allow it to continue in corruption. I can see only one solution and you are it. American Democracy is damaged goods. It’s no wonder the approval ratings of our leaders are constantly low and citizens don’t vote in record numbers. Whether or not you think America is salvageable I suggest you do something about it. If everyone votes for the candidate who represents them, then democracy will work. I encourage you to vote for the candidate you want, even if it means you will “throw your vote away.” Vote for someone you want to win, even if there is no chance they will. Now is the time for revolution, now may be our only chance to break away from the system twin tyrants. "Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action." -George Washington