Lacey Smith

Find your voice

In Uncategorized on June 1, 2011 at 12:26 pm

I’ve been reading historical documents from the founding days of our nation recently.

Common Sense, The Federalist Papers and the Declaration of Independence have been my reading list of late.

All of these were drafted with the intent to persuade. They were written by people who had something to say and found their voice.

What do you have to say? Don’t tell me that you don’t have anything to say, because I know you do. We all do. Perhaps you just don’t know what it is yet.

So often we complain that Washington is a mess. The “leaders” there are not listening to us. Maybe part of the problem is we aren’t speaking loudly enough for them to hear us.

America is a country where it is necessary for the people to be involved. It was designed only to work when the people worked.

If you are awake, if you watch the evening news or skim a newspaper, if you are paying even a little bit of attention, you know we are in trouble.

The time to find your voice and use your voice is NOW. Today. This minute.

We need patriots, people who have found their voice and speak even when they are afraid.

You can make a difference. Your single voice can accomplish so much.

During my first session in the Idaho Legislature, a young lady brought a bill to lawmakers to allow 16 and 17 year-olds to make “anatomical gifts” (live organ donations) with parental consent.

The bill passed unanimously.

One girl, on a mission, made a difference. She was only one person, but she had a good idea and she found her voice.

Now it’s your turn. Do some thinking, decide what you value, research it and start speaking.

Embrace the American experience. It’s time to find your voice.

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