When I was a teenager I used to wonder how people could get so fired up about stupid political stuff. I would hear my mom and her friends talking about some law that was being considered and they would really get agitated about it. Who cares, I would think to myself. Its just a law. Let the people we elect do their job, and be done with it. I have all kinds of fun things to do. Why worry?
As I got older I cared more about what was going on around me. I came to realize that what happens in government does effect me. Who gets elected, new laws, and the whole political process do effect me. Now that I have kids, I am really interested in what is going on. I do not want my kids having to pay for everyone else. I do not want my kids to be buried under a mountain of debt before they even become adults.
The other day, someone asked "Don't you have anything else to do besides follow politics and bug your Congress person?" Yes, I have many things to do. Staying on top of what is going on in our government is like watching paint dry. I would rather be doing all kinds of other stuff. But unlike paint, which stays the same color, our leaders, change theirs according to how they feel. Even though they stood for idea
A last week, they now stand for idea B. We have to watch them.
I now understand what the Founding Fathers meant when they talked about responsibility. It does not mean just working hard and being a good person. It does not just mean paying your taxes and not breaking the law. It means getting involved in the process and standing up for what you believe. Still more of us need to do the same.