How to protest against the United States government
The United States was founded on rebellion. The colonials (my family called themselves Continentals) were fed up with how they were being treated by England. And they protested. They protested with words and actions. They took to the streets, and fought a Revolutionary War. And when it was time to establish a government, they took care to allow for the word of the people to be heard.
There were a lot of protests when I was growing up. There was a sense that the government was out of control, and out of touch, with the people. There were protests against the War in Vietnam, there were protests against the unequal treatment of people of color, of women. People stood up, and raised their voices. And looking back, I see that things did change, but I remember how much people had to fight to be heard, as if the United States Government was sitting in a sound-proof box, or something.
Protesting everything has become so common for Americans that it's often ignored by the people in power. And that makes people want to give up. I know, it's just seems so complicated, and no one I know says that they paid any attention in their Government, or Civics, class. I've never met anyone who has much interest in how the United States Government works, how the Electoral College works, what their local Councilperson does.
But protesting was written into the Bill of Rights for the United States. It's called Freedom of Speech. And no, it doesn't mean starting riots and burning things. It means that people can speak up, and protest. And their voices can be heard. It's happened before. I saw the War in Vietnam end, I saw laws change for men and women, of any color, to be treated equally under the law for housing, and employment.
If you've been tempted to speak up, I encourage you. And it starts with a basic understanding of how all of this works. It may seem a mystery to you, but believe me, your teachers tried to explain it to you. And it is complicated, and it is a system. The United States does not have a King, the rules are not completely arbitrary. That's why we broke away from England. We created a county that would allow protest.
Speak up. Let your voice be heard. The power of the United States Government does not come from "the Divine Right of Kings", it's given by the people. And people have fought and died so that Government by the people, of the people, and for the people, can survive.
Power to the People!
Posted by Brad Hall