I don’t want to be considered to be one of “those people” who posts a ton of political crap, so I’m doing one post to say just a couple of things as a concerned teenager who cannot vote quite yet – but will be able to next time we vote in a president. Also, as one who will eventually enter into the world that the president we elect this year creates.
Anyways, I was reading through my Constitution book just now for school. I’m at Article II, Section I, Clause 8. That’s better known as the Oath of Office.
Now, this book is awesome, because it literally breaks down each part of the clause(s) and tells you what they mean. It also gives a little insight on each part and has some modern comparisons.
One of the sections is labeled “Why Should I Care?”
This is quoted directly from that section, which is talking about the Oath of Office.
“It is important that the President’s words match his actions. His words include the ‘Oath of Office’, so it’s important we know what the oath says so we can hold the president accountable. Is he or she defending and protecting the Constitution like they promised?”
Bam. Right there. Truth spoken.
My favorite part of that is this: “so we can hold the President accountable.”
Now, there’s an amendment in the Constitution that gives us the power to do EXACTLY THAT.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” – Amendment I
Here’s what my book says about the last part: “The Assembly and Petition Clause protects the right of the people to assemble and petition the government. Along with voting, petition is a main way for a citizen to voice their opinion to the government.”
All right. Basically, that, along with the Free Speech Clause, means that we can actually tell the government what we think about things. Granted, that opinion will probably not be accepted, but you can still say it. If we’re supposed to hold our president accountable for his/her actions, how are we going to accomplish that by staying silent?
If you want to change something, you can’t just sit and let someone else do it first. You’ve got to be the one to start something. If it’s only a Facebook post (like this one), that’s a great start. Talk about it. Tell your friends. Sitting around doesn’t accomplish a single thing.
I’ve had a couple of people in my chemistry class at CCC say that they probably won’t vote because their vote doesn’t matter.
Hello! Your vote matters! Even though your vote doesn’t directly vote for the president, it votes for that person’s electors. If more people voted, more electors for your candidate could be chosen, which, in the end, means that SOMETHING CHANGES!
If you don’t think you actually can change something, think again. There are many ways to change things, and voting is simply the easiest.
I also encourage you to actually read the Constitution. All the way through. Multiple times through.
Break it down. Analyze it.
A large part of why things are so bad these days is because people don’t know the Constitution. It isn’t just an old document that sits in a museum somewhere.
Quoting from the book again: “It is so important for my generation, and future generations, to gain a deeper understanding of the document that makes America the greatest nation on earth. Our Constitution survives because of ‘We the People.’ If we neglect the foundation of our country, our freedoms will slowly crumble from under our feet. It is up to us to rally around the Constitution and preserve it.”
That paragraph is an eye opener. The author is right. We’ve got to maintain the foundation of our country.
You wouldn’t let the foundation of your house crumble and rot away, would you?
So why let your country’s foundation fall?
What kind of country are you leaving for me? For your kids? For your grandkids?
Think about it.
What people aren’t doing now is maintaining the foundation. We need to start or else we’re not going to be left with anything.
To quote Lincoln:
“Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties. And not to Democrats alone do I make this appeal, but to all who love these great and true principles.”
–August 27, 1856 Speech at Kalamazoo, Michigan
“Let us then turn this government back into the channel in which the framers of the Constitution originally placed it.”
–July 10, 1858 Speech at Chicago
Yep. We’re way off track. And we need to fix that.
You can start by doing two things:
1) Read the Constitution. Know what it says. Protect it. Read it to your kids. Teach it to them so they know it.
2) Vote. You CAN change things. Never think that you can’t.
An extremely concerned teenager who wants people to see the truth.
P.S. – the super amazing awesome book that I quoted so very often and that everyone should read is called “Our Constitution Rocks!” by a wonderful person named Juliette Turner.
P.P.S. – She wrote the book when she was 14. Awesome, right?