I'm not a political person. I believe in compassion toward my fellow man and that everyone has the right to live, and that's about as far as my political feelings go. I don't subscribe to the views of any party, and watch very little news because I know that its nearly impossible to trust any of it. I fact check before I share things on Facebook in an attempt to be fair, and I love my country. I have debt from school, rent an apartment, and try to budget with my husband to get by.
I'm nobody special.
I'm everyone in the US. I hold the power.
You don't have to be somebody with all the facts to see that the place the United States is in right now is catastrophic. There is no single person to blame-- and in fact, all of us are on some level. But now its time to own it.
We made a mistake. We voted into office all sorts of people, but not enough that are willing to look for what is best for the country instead of what is just best for themselves. And we need to do something about it.
We can't write our congressmen. They won't vote to lower their own pay, or not to get paid while the government is 'shut down'. And its funny how all their non-essential stuff is what most Americans need to function-- just not themselves.
Where does that leave us?
I'm not sure. I'm a pacifist by nature. Anyone that knows me can tell you that. I don't even argue with my siblings very often because I dislike conflict so much.
I'm sure you do too. No one wants to see people fighting the government. No one wants to see people killed or risk their lives.
But I will.
I want to pledge to everybody else like me that, if the time comes, I will stand beside you. Because I believe in a country that works and government that is for the people, not for themselves. I will give up the home I'm still trying to build as a newly wed, my dreams, the children I don't have yet, my very life for everybody else who believes they aren't special and their right to life, liberty, and the persuit of happiness.
That last part is being slowly drained away. We cannot visit our beautiful National Parks, educate ourselves on what the governament is doing, nor express our voice peacefully for change.
I want that for you.
I will stand. How about you?
--Aubrey Sorenson, UT