Friday, December 21, 2012


I find myself constantly questioning the priorities of our country. Not only of those in power but of we, the citizens. I can’t help but think that they really need a wake up call. The reality that they assume that we, the citizens are living in. Is nothing like the opinions they have developed out of thin air. They claim to care about all of us but still the same trends from years ago are still the same today. The rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. The things that they think we need couldn’t be any further from the truth.

I understand that our country has fallen on hard times and our government has pulled us out of them before. Yet I still wonder if maybe they completely lost touch. The people struggling on welfare are not getting enough of the true support that they need.

I recently read that the average person on welfare in the state of Ohio will be losing twenty-three dollars a month in food stamps. Now with the budget cuts that some of the other departments are facing this doesn’t seem like too big of a deal, at first. Then I realized that they are still are planning to continue the free cell phone program. So basically what our government is saying is that you will be losing money in your food stamps but we will still continue to give you a free cell phone with free minutes on them. What really gets me is that no one has stepped up and said how wrong this truly is. They would rather give us cell phones then money to feed our families. So what does this say about the citizens that are not speaking up and saying that this is wrong. It is not acceptable to continue to fund a free cell phone program if you are going to cut funding from the programs that are feeding families. Children of all ages will be eating less because of a few people’s selfish desires and the misconstrued belief that they have to have a cell phone.

Am I the only one that sees how wrong this is? Am I the only one that feels like this is unacceptable? How far gone are we? I strongly encourage each and every one of you not to be silent about this. We once lived in a country that was not afraid to speak up. We were not afraid to speak our minds. We were not afraid to demonstrate and protest. When we saw injustice we stood up and we spoke out against it. I cannot accept the fact that times have simply changed. We should be ashamed of the fact that citizens in the Middle East that many do not live with freedom of speech. Are more willing to speak up against the injustices of their governments then we who live in a country with freedom of speech are.

So I urge each and every one of you, don’t hold back, don’t be quiet, and don’t accept less than what we deserve. These are problems that are fixable but if we continue to sweep them under the rug. The changes that need to be made will never happen. If we continue to accept less than we deserve, then we will continue to get less than we deserve. We cannot wait for the next person to do something. We have already waited long enough. Silence will never lead us to change. If the government can’t see their own mistakes then it is up to each and every one of us to make them see it. 

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