My name is Hanna Warnick and I am 16 years old. Like many people my age, I have dreams and goals for my future. We can all agree that America is rapidly changing. Many new laws are being passed and old ones removed. This means that for the people under 18, which constitute approximately 24% of the US population, life as an adult will be different than it is for adults now or in the past. In this essay I give you the perspective of a teen when it comes to the future of America and our government. Every choice that the people make will effect the future generations. I will first look at the changes being made in America, then how to take a stand, and finally I will encourage all my fellow Americans not to lose heart in the cause for their country.
First let’s take a look at the changes being made in America. Many new implementations and reforms are taking place in our country: marriage laws, agenda 21, abortion laws, debt, healthcare education, parental rights and more. All of these will effect us in some way or another whether that be in the near or distant future. My personal goal is to attend online college in the fall, and eventually become a graphic artist. Unfortunately, graphic design which used to be a very well-paying job, is now a low-paying job due to outsourcing to India and other foreign countries. Because of this fact, I may have to consider a different job for my future. The national debt is higher than ever: about $18,631,397,687,000. This means more taxing the people, which in turn equals less money for us. The root of the problems we are all facing is the erosion of the constitution. In the law schools of America, law students no longer know the constitution, instead they do “Case Studies” which means they look at the previous cases from court judges instead of the foundation of principle: our own constitution. The government has outstepped its bounds greatly, and continues to do so because few have taken a stand. This is a depressing thought, and sometimes it feels as though our government will never change for the better; however this is not so.
How can we take a stand? The Declaration of Independence states: “…to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that when any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it…”
The solution to our problem is within our own Declaration of Independence! Someone recently told me ‘We the people, are the government.” We can change the way things are going, it doesn’t matter if you are a plumber or a politician, everyone can help in some way. The most important way you can do this is by learning the constitution. If we know the constitution, the government will no longer be able to encroach upon our rights without us knowing it. A second way is informed voting. I am not a registered voter because I am a minor, however; there are many adults who don’t vote because they are too busy or too lazy or just don’t know who to vote for. Some people only vote based on popular opinion. If Americans would take the time to learn about who it is they are voting for, than they can make their decisions based upon the person’s beliefs and their views of the constitution. It is not fair to those of us who cannot vote, when the people who can vote do so poorly, because it is our future which will be the most effected by their ignorant decisions. Another very important thing is to educate the children and youth of the nation about the constitution, so that when they grow up, they can make informed choices which will effect their children and grandchildren. We should no longer give tacit consent when the government makes a choice which goes against the constitution, Americans must speak up! If you are a teen reading this, then I am challenging you to educate yourself on the constitution and then speak to others about it. You would be surprised at the amount of people who will listen to you simply because of your age. It does not matter if you intend to be a politician or not, I certainly do not plan on becoming one, but it is your duty and privilege as an informed citizen to take a stand and make America right again.
Finally, we must not lose hope for our nation. People are beginning to see what is needed for change, and all that’s left to do is change it. We must be willing to stand alone when it comes to speaking up. People will see your example, and perhaps do the same. C.S Lewis once said: “We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.”
America is not lost because we the people have not lost hope. Only when all hope is abandoned and we no longer resist, only then will America be lost. We still have the opportunity and freedom to make our voices heard. We can still tell our representatives when they are doing poor work. We can still vote for a presidential candidate. All of these things should bring us hope, because we still have the chance to change things for the better. Just because America has been going downhill for a long time, doesn’t mean things have to continue getting worse. If we were to only look at the bad things happening in our nation, it would be easy to become disheartened, but when we look at all of the good things as well, it reminds us that everything we have worked so hard for is not gone just yet.
In conclusion, I hope this essay has shown you how I feel regarding America’s future. Yes, there are a lot of problems and changes happening here, but we can still take a stand, and we still have hope. America is worth fighting for, because there is no better place on earth to be. We must defend liberty and the blessings it brings for ourselves and for our posterity. I am posterity, defend my future.
Debt statistics: http://www.usdebtclock.org/