Declaration of Independence prescribes American citizens ‘Get out Of Jail Free’ card?

To Vote or Not To Vote….The Power of Choice

Written By: AmaryllisMinx
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When our forefathers sailed to the Americas they had a vision; this vision-this idealism- is what made America beautiful, and envied by neighboring countries. It was a vision of personal responsibility, of integrity, of respect. It was a vision of growth, prosperity and harmony without restricted governmental influence. Today their vision encompassed a set of ideals that are becoming a fading memory to a reality that is saturated with greed, corruption and an insatiable lust for power.

It is no secret that our so-called two party systems are a complete failure. It isn’t a surprise that both the Democrats and the Republicans play patty cake in between presidential debates either. What seems to be elusive to the general public is the fact that we don’t have to take part in it. One of my favorite parts of the Declaration of Independence is this quote; “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”(US Declaration Ind.)

Such a powerful statement, and it should be. That statement is the United States’ citizens’ ‘Get out Of Jail Free’ card. Society today is growing a need for something different from the normal two party systems that seems to be overflowing with corrupt politicians preaching pipe dreams. Americans nowadays cry out for the need to get out of the debacle that has become the two party systems. They are expressing a need for change that is beyond voting for the “Lesser of the two Evils” which has become the poster slogan for our presidential candidates.

So we are faced with a new question in this day and age. And that is “Do we really even need a president”? Think about it. If all presidents are no more than public scapegoats for a political system gone severely awry, then what if Americans were directly involved on voting on the issues they care about instead of appointing someone else to take care of it? What if, instead of voting on a political popularity contest the American Citizens were the ones responsible for making the decisions on important social issues like abortion, medicinal marijuana and gun control?

Charles Darwin had a theory of evolution that if a species was going to evolve it needed to adapt to change. Our founding fathers also had a theory of change, which is what allows for Amendments in the Constitution. However, it is safe to assume that when the founding fathers put together the Constitution they did not envision an impeachment of our rights to habeas corpus, nor did they foresee the United States becoming a police state.

Americans are seeing that now is the time for real change. Not a change in command, but a change in the way the game is played.

Sources / Supporting Links / Works Cited: : sources: United States Declaration of Independence, Charles Darwin, Anonymous Collective

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