Citizenship is more than a set of rights; those rights come with responsibilities. The liberties that are granted to you along with citizenship can’t be taken lightly and must be defended constantly. Defending your rights as a citizen of the United States doesn’t necessarily mean taking up arms or even starting a campaign; the true shields of liberty in the United States of America are much humbler and much harder to maintain.
Being part of a democracy means that you are in charge, and that comes with responsibility. The president, your congressmen and women, your senators and all your other representatives answer to you, ultimately, and that means that it is your job to make responsible choices. As the president must read his briefings and listen to many different advisors, you must stay informed about current events and consult many different opinions. In this day and age, that last one is particularly important. Don’t simply listen to one news channel, consult many different sources to get as many expert opinions as possible.
Talk to Your Elected Officials
A boss who never talks to their employees isn’t much of a boss at all. Talk to your representatives to see what they’re doing about issues that concern you, and let them know what you think of the job they’re doing. You may be wondering “how do I contact my elected officials?” Generally, they have phone numbers, emails, physical addresses, and social media accounts. There are many different ways to reach them, use whichever suits you best.
Never miss an election, no matter how small and unimportant it seems. Remember; those local elections that get the least amount of major media coverage are exactly the ones that will have the biggest and most immediate effect on you personally. The ballot is a gift, but it comes with responsibility.