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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Voice of America: Change?

 
A critical tipping point for America is at our doorstep. Changes are about to be made, whether we are in agreement or not, they are inevitible. Election brings about major change: changes in government, changes in policy, changes that may or may not represent balance of power.
 
Campaigns and elections throughout history hold important lessons for today. The presidential campaigns of the 1800s were often raucous affairs, with iconic personalities battling it out amidst backdrops of national crisis. In the 20th century, radio became the new political medium. In 1952, the national political conventions and the presidential campaign were televised nationwide for the first time. Now in the 21st century, the expansion of technology allows campaigns and elections to progress way beyond the social media networks of radio and television into the elusive World Wide Web.
 
The participation by eligible voters (voter turnout) yoyoing in the 40, 50 and 60 percentage ranges [a high of 73.2% at the turn of the 20th century to 48.9% low by 1924 and only reaching 62.2% in 2008) casts an overarcing shadow as to what percent this election might yield.

The American Coin of Freedom - Two Sides
America is not just about freedom, it is about responsibility. The Eagle flies over troubled waters as the pendulum of time oscillates in rhythmic motion. Are you prepared to lose any of the freedoms America has fought so hard to achieve and maintain? Do you have a voice? Yes, indeed. . .it is exercised through your right and privilege to. . .

 VOTE!

In 2012, whichever way the pendulum swings will determine the future of America amid an era of unending crisis. What is your voice?

VOTE! FOR AMERICA! Protect her freedoms won through faith, hope, and courage amid unfathomable sacrifice! 

Embrace her Past, Empower her Present, Enrich her Future
 
 
 

 Voice of America: Change?
 
Thoughts remain unsettled as America strives
to uphold its liberty, freedom, and the constitution.
America runs on the courage, faith, and hope of its people!
What are your campaigns for change?
 
Time, totally uncontrollable
Steals our moments and our days
It passes without hesitation
As we move about in a daze
 
With time comes change
And change is surely here
Racism echoes uncertainty
Does it fall on a deaf ear?
 
With change comes progress
All things just don’t remain
Within ambiguous walls
What progress will abstain?
 
With progress comes growth
Not always gauging prosperity
Stability wanes
Who profits in a community?
 
With growth comes opportunity
Yet challenges often are never met
Long-term, short-term promises
Do signs of affluence remain unset?
 
With opportunity comes responsibility
The demand for ethical leadership
With values, honesty, integrity outdated
Will the next step be total censorship?
 
A time to break silence
Stand up, be tough!
A voice inside our heads
Cries out—Enough!
 
©2012
Awakenings

Connecting the past to the present…
 
“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability,
but comes through continuous struggle.
And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom.
A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.”
—Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929–1968)
 
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