Political activist Elie Wiesel once said “We must take sides…” America is a formidable force in the free world, it has served as a refuge to millions of people, the freedom of speech, life, religion and liberty (among other freedoms) granted to citizens and residents is unlike any other country in the world. America is the only country in the world where the only limitation to your success is your imagination. America is a great nation and we must see to it that the elements that make this country great endures forever. For this reason, we must all pick a side and vote this election season. We owe it to our children, we owe it to the world.

Regardless of our personal opinions regarding both candidates, we need to understand that there is a much bigger issue at stake:

The American Declaration of Independence

One of the most profound documents I have ever read is the transcript of declaration of independence. America is gradually losing its identity as people are misinformed (or uninformed) on the fundamental values that make America exceptional. Most immigrants align their vote to beliefs from their home country, and gradually we all tear at the fabric of this great nation.

An paragraph in the declaration of independence states “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” (read full document) As an immigrant I did not understand why most Americans loved guns, I always wondered what the big deal was in giving up our guns for the safety of the nation. After taking time to understand the declaration of independence and the second amendment I had to change my stance. Even though I don’t personally own a fire arm, I stand with Americans and their right to bear arms and change their government if they so please. After listening to Charlton Heston’s famous speech “From my cold dead hands” it is evident that Americans are not willing to play politics with their history, with the values that built this nation up to be the great nation that it is today.

Before we pick a side we need to understand American history and ensure that we are not dealing this nation a blow by voting against its core values.

Ignore Propaganda:

Every election season candidates spend more time smearing their opponents than actually laying out their plan for the country. Unfortunately, citizens are so engrossed in the smear campaign and end up voting for a candidate for trivial reasons. I have heard a number of people say they voted for the current president because he is black. Since major media houses cover the insults more than they do actual issues, we need to turn off the TV and do our own research. We need to ask and continue to seek answers to questions like what is Hilary Clinton’s plan for America? What is Donald Trump’s plan for America? Don’t get carried away with shallow and trivial propaganda that people tend to blow out of proportion.

As the world is on the verge of World War 3 (read), we can all agree that America as we know it will never remain the same no matter who wins the Presidential Election in the United States in less than 30 days. For this reason, we must all become a part of the conversation and vote this election season.

By Lola Fajemirokun

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