As election time grows closer and closer and we are finding out who is in the running I am being constantly reminded that each individual person CAN make a difference.  Last presidential election I did vote and who I voted for did not win.  Do I think that election was fair, I honestly can't answer that.  Was I angry?  Very.  Too many people think that who we have for president is out of our hands, that just isn't true.  While our direct votes don't count, our votes show who we want.  If that isn't who is elected then there are steps to take for action.  For your voice to count; however, your voice has to first be heard.

This doesn't just go towards our presidential elections either.  This goes on any topic that is important to you.  Do your research, make a decision and then support it and fight for it.  If you don't take control of your environment someone else will.  At the very least you can donate to a cause.  A donation can be time or money. 

And most importantly, get your children involved with you!  Show them that we can make a difference.  That one voice is important.  And show them to not give up even if you didn't get the outcome you wanted.

A good starting point for this with children would be every time you go to the park take a small trash bag and spend the first ten minutes picking up trash (with your supervision).  You can also have them help you pack up stuff you don't need to take to shelters or goodwill.  Get them started young with the message that their actions count and are needed and we'll be raising a bunch of activist who take back our country and standup for the things that are good in this world.

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Feb. 1, 2008 at 11:37 AM

Great post!  At our Libertarian Moms group we talk about this all the time ... how best to raise aware, informed children who will speak up and follow thru when and where it counts!

Teaching them the importance of individual freedom coupled with personal  responsibility is a win/win situation ... for us as individuals and for the nation as a whole.

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