It’s up to you

Helen Krieble: The responsibilities of citizenship — “American exceptionalism relies on the energy of individuals.”

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, that to secure these rights governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

This means that citizens are the sovereign power in the United States, and the government is accountable to us, not the other way around. Our form of government, designed to protect our rights, has been allowed to become an ever-more powerful and despotic entity. Instead of holding the government accountable for its trespasses, most citizens no longer understand our Founding documents, as our education system has failed us. They have no idea what their responsibilities are as citizens. Of those that do, most shrug their shoulders and think, “I am only one person; what can I do?”

One activist summed up the problem: “The biggest enemy I battle is people thinking they can’t make a difference.”

Our exceptional form of government is an endangered species. If we do not stand up for the Founding principles and re-assert the duty of citizenship, it could become extinct.

Goal #1 in the propaganda from the left is to make followers rather than leaders. This is done by instilling the view that any one of us can’t make a difference. Krieble cites several examples where an individual has made a difference. Small steps by very many responsible citizens can add up. Stand up. Lead. Make a difference no matter how small in bringing back the idea of governance by the people rather than over the people. It’s up to you (and me, and him, and her …).

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