In the past decade, we have seen several instances that have made us question the integrity of our government and the motives of the men in power. The country was divided between two parties, the two towers fell, an election was stolen and our boys are still fighting. Despite all of the events that have taken place, I still find that I am as indifferent as I was when I voted back in 2004.
My mother made me vote. She mumbled something about the draft and financial aid so I obliged. But on the eve of the 2008 election, I still don’t feel very compelled to vote despite the nature of the candidates. Saying that you’re not a political person automatically makes you a candidate. It tends to be the people who have no preference in political parties that have the most to say on the subjects of today.
For the first time there is a huge chance that the next president could be a woman or an African-American male.
Boring! I am “African-American” and I find myself being filled with a degree of apathy. All I want to know is, “can they get the job done?” I’m not looking for an honest politician because the American people don’t need to know everything that’s going on. Sometimes our naiveness is the only thing that keeps us sane. We couldn’t handle the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
I’ve recently become a patriot of this country and it had nothing to do with elections, wars or national anthems. I’ve done some travel and studies on other cultures and saw that America really is a nice place to be. We have our neighbors from the south trying to clamor just so they can come here to have a better life, so there must be something about this place that’s worth fighting for. Genocides, disease and poverty run ramped in third world countries. Some kid in Africa bathes in a ditch while I forget that I turned my shower water on.
It is simply advantageous to be an American, or live in this country. I have come to this conclusion after watching Transformers for the first time. Though I saw it five months after its release, it still was a life-changing experience. I’ve never felt so inspired to fight alongside alien robots in my life. I would join the army if I could fight with Optimus Prime.
It was the scene towards the end where Captain Lennox was talking to Shia Labeouf’s character, Sam. Labeouf doubted that he could bring the spark cube to the top of the building because Megatron would get him. Captain Lennox grabbed him by his shirt and said, “You’re a solider now!”
I could feel the red, white and blue silhouette waving in the wind behind me as I saluted the TV screen. I was a proud to be an American.
I am not saying not to vote. All I am saying is that when you go to that booth in 2008, think about the next four years of your life. Think about your family, think about your friends. Bypass the popular candidates and write Optimus Prime as a write-in vote. That movie was amazing.
Optimus Prime for President 2008.