Opinion: People Need to Stand Up for Their Own Beliefs

The public needs to stop blaming elected officials and instead stand up for themselves.

Written by JASON WU / Published November 5, 2010

I’ve noticed that people have been up in arms about just about government politics when they don’t realize that the people they are blaming are not political figures, but actually themselves.

We had Bush and we went through an economic disaster. In the end, a large majority of Americans ended up viewing him with much vehemence. Almost as if it were a law in politics, if one party’s representative messed up, everyone jumps like schools of fish towards the other side. Why? Because it became evident that right now, being conservative and relying on the private sectors was not what was going to help our economy at that point in time. So everyone thought, maybe anything that wasn’t remotely Republican would help. Thus, we had Obama and now people have problems with him since policies aren’t working at all, causing a shift in the political structure in the mid-term election.

People love attacking political figures. What they don’t realize is that these politicians are just representatives—our representatives. We elect them. We have them represent us. Even if we were the ones who voted for another candidate, we, the common people, are the ones who vote for laws to pass, who technically propose the basic changes that become bills that may or may not become laws. If people have a problem with how government works, you can always vote! The people who complain about the political infrastructure and don’t even vote are the ones who have the least right to voice their opinions. It is just appalling when people lash out at politicians, either in person or on the news. So, people, if you have a problem with the way anything works, why don’t you make your voice heard? If it’s that important, you’d take a larger stand about it than lounging around.


Editor’s Note: The views of this author do not reflect the views of the Temple City Voice or its staff.


One comment

  1. Matthew

    Your article is a bit contradicting. First, you say that the public has to stop blaming officials, yet you indirectly blame former President Bush for the depression. When you say, “We had Bush and we went through an economic disaster,” it seems as if you think Bush is the reason that we went through a depression, for you did not name anybody else except Bush. You could have said something like “During Bush’s presidency,” but you did not. Instead, you directed your statement about the depression solely at Bush, so in a way, you are being hypocritical. Also, people do no “love” attacking political figures. I cannot fully describe why they do it, but saying that they “love” attacking them is too strong a statement.

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