Last night Barack Obama was elected to a second term in office as the President of the United States. Not only does this begin the image of the next four years for our country, but it ends what was a long journey for the candidates filled with endless campaigning. Regardless of outcome, both candidates must feel relieved that it is finally over. Judging from the reactions on social media, so is America as people described how excited they were to be rid of political ads.
The problem with the election ending is that the interest in our country's government seems to wane. There are those who consistently follow politics, but others are only involved during the most important times such as this. Although a president was elected, that does not mean our job as citizens is done until 2016. We have to stay involved.
Our political leaders are meant to serve the country's needs and those needs cannot be met if they are not heard. One way to stay involved is to write a letter to an elected official expressing your opinion on an issue. Maybe sign a petition looking for a change that you want see. At the very least, know what is happening in government and the decisions that are being made.
As was often discussed during the election, others die for political freedom and this is not restricted to voting. Being an active part of our government is what makes us American and we should always take advantage.