Ask what you can do, people

"And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country."

As far as I can tell, this sentiment is long dead among the American public. And that's a problem. At least it is if you're an American and you want to keep living in a great country. 

Here are some great ideas of things you can do for your country.
  1. Quit buying stuff you don't have money for. Seriously, just stop. If the national debt bothers you, and you wish the country would be more fiscally responsible, check your credit card statements and see how your personal spending looks for a change. 
  2. Get a job. With all due respect to those laid off or who are sincerely looking for work, of course, because life happens and sometimes you're unemployed for a time. But there are so many able-bodied people sitting on their rumps in this country. Overqualified for a job you can get? Take it anyway in the meantime.
  3. Give! Give, give, give. Sure, the government spends lots of money on useless things, but it spends money on good things, too. Like feeding hungry people and taking care of those who can't take care of themselves. So the next time you find yourself complaining about people taking advantage of the welfare system, stop and ask yourself how many hungry people you've fed recently. Because if all of us who have means shared with those who don't, the government wouldn't be compelled to do it for us.
  4. Share your talents. This goes hand in hand with giving. You have job hunting skills that not everyone is good at. So share the wealth! Offer to help a friend spruce up their resume. Do practice job interviews with people you know who are looking for a job. Offer your advice. Teach them a skill. Give them a leg up. This goes for any talent or skill, not just those directly related to employment.
  5. Be involved with politics. Ew, I said the "p" word. Well, have you ever wondered why people you disagree with end up running the country? Have you ever wondered why small minorities get their policies passed when very few people agree with them? Um, it's because they are LOUDER than you. And they care a LOT more than you do. If you want to be represented, you have to represent. 
These are just a few ideas, and I'm sure you can think of a lot more. As people, we love to complain about those corrupt politicians and big businessmen who are driving this country into the ground, but really, they are just a reflection of us.

by Tyler Smith


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