Although the war in Afghanistan and the Iraqi conflicts are happening a world away, they are a part of America’s experience. One day another generation will be reading our current news in their history text books.
Whether we fully support the war or not, it would seem that every American citizen would like to make a difference and contribute to the overall well-being of our world community. Generally most desire to make a real difference for change—a change for the better.
We may feel insignificant or feel that we are only one person, but we can make a difference and let our voices be heard.
The first place to start is at home. It may not be possible to directly influence or turn the opinions of the national government administration, but we can influence the rising generation. Parents can take time to properly educate their children about the war, whether it is through a simple discussion or actually watching the news together to learn more about the war. Children should be given age-appropriate information concerning our country’s current affairs. Since they will be the voters of tomorrow and the ones to have a real say on the future of our country, parents must educate and teach them the best they know how.
Next, citizens can make their voices heard in their communities. Write an editorial in the local newspaper or add your opinion on Facebook or other websites. Be gracious in your comments while still getting your point across. If you are too insulting, people may not take you seriously.
Lastly, if you do want Washington to know how you feel, give your state representatives a call. Let them know how you feel and what you expect of them. Although this may seem insignificant, they do take account of their phone calls. Also consider writing letters to them along with others to collectively share your views.