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I don’t consider myself to be an expert at anything in particular. I’m fairly educated, (I think) and pretty good at teaching about things I’m interested in. That being said if there’s one thing I’m an expert at, it is being a Great American. How is that? Because I appreciate this country and don’t take my freedoms for granted. I’m familiar with the Constitution and why we declared our independence from England many years ago.


Every day I see our political leaders on both sides of the isle drive this country in to the ground as their politically uneducated sheep trail behind them like a hoard of zombies. It seems like a good part of America is brain washed or just too lazy to learn on their own about how awesome this country is and why it is designed to run the way it does. It seems like — just because a certain athlete, popular celebrity or a slick politician they “connect” with, said this or that, it must be true. EEEEH! WRONG!


As I sit by and watch this train wreck, I get frustrated and feel like there’s nothing I can do about it. Well, as the old saying goes… “You are either you’re part of the problem or you’re part of the solution.” Which are you? How do you become part of the solution? Start by reading about the history of America. Educate yourself! Doesn’t even have to be a lot, but enough that if Kimmel or Fallon walk up to you on the street, shove a mic and camera in your face to quiz you, you won’t look entirely stupid because you think Benghazi is a man not a place, or who won the Civil war? The East or the West? ;-)


Many Americans don’t really understand or bother understanding how great this country is and how it got that way. Many citizens take for granted the freedoms they have and often care little about how our ancestors fought hard for them. Instead they dabble on their cell phones, play on their XBOX or watch silly TV shows. Add to that dozens of websites, blogs and common news outlets that pretend to be legitimate new sources. Can you say Colbert, Kimmel and Trevor Noah?


Those who don’t take current events serious or ignore the things that are important are part of the problem, not the solution. As an American, you have an obligation and responsibility to know what’s going on in the country and around the world (to some extent). No one says you have to be a news junkie like me, but you should know at least who the Vice-President of the United States is instead of what celebrity wedding is coming up or the latest app for your phone.


You have an obligation to educate yourself on the leaders of the country and vote for the right politician based on YOUR VALUES, not someone else’s. This is the only way our country will get the leadership it needs. Americans need to wake up and really listen for themselves to the people they are voting for and insist the politicians earn their vote based on experience, integrity and character.


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