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Go Out and Use Your Voice!

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Some may think it strange that I have such an interest in the election, being that I was born, raised and still live in England. Which by the way, has its fair share of problems when it comes to politics. I have to say so far I've seen that England shares a lot of America's problems as well as its advantages and vice versa. America is a very powerful country and affects the whole world around it with the decisions made.

My point is, whoever has any ounce of care for the world as a whole, should and most probably does care very much about whom is to be elected president of the United States.

Of course I have my opinion of who should be given this most powerful position. But I'm not here to preach to you about who is right or wrong, I think that is pretty clear .

If your actions are negative and hurt people in anyway, such as creating more deaths and more tears than usual, then clearly you're doing something wrong. If what you do brings happiness, strength and harmony to those around you, then clearly you're doing something right . This is how i personally judge success.

Like I said, I have my opinion on who the next president should be. However, the whole point of my speaking out is to encourage those that can vote to actually do it. What you decide is what you decide. There are millions upon millions of people who will be hugely affected by this election and cannot vote because of age or nationality. So please, if you have a say, be grateful that you do and use it .

On to the reason I wrote the song, "Governmentalist." I was in England getting ready to play at a gig held by the princes of England to honor the brave men that had been sent off to war and fought for their country. In an interview before the show I had expressed my disappointment in the way these young men are being treated when they come home. The majority of these men and alot of the time boys are sent to the NHS to get treatment for there wounds. I believe that being that they put their lives at risk to protect the safety of their country, shouldn't they get special care when they come home with half a leg or only one eye left if that?

In the past the military had their own special hospitals where they could recuperate as a group , under the present administration many of these hospitals have been closed due to cuts in the government ' s expenditure.

Thank God England has the NHS. In the country I live in, if you get sick you can get some kind of help, it may not be top of the range and yes there is a hell of a waiting list, but at least it exists . For this I am more than happy to pay tax. I'm not happy to pay tax to kill thousands of young boys to supply a fight for the politicians that run the whole thing from a safe warm office. Who I'm sure choose not to think too deeply about the blood shed they have created , the lives they have destroyed and the hearts they are breaking . In America if you don't have money and you get sick, it's a simple thing,you either die or go bankrupt .

So let me get this straight, there is enough free cash to spend literally trillions on a war, which is unnecessary and unwanted by the majority, but not enough to create something similar to the NHS so the people that are dying on the streets for example... ex-war veterans, can then have some kind of health care so that they don't have to lose anything more than they already have lost. After expressing my views on the matter, I had heard the head of the ministry of defense was offended, I do not wish to offend but I do wish to exercise my freedom of speech, so I offered him my phone number so maybe he could shed some light on the issue for me, because trust me I would love to be wrong. Of course I never heard from him. The offer is still open. Whether I'm right or wrong, this whole situation is what inspired the lyrics in the song .

Now I'm not directing this at one person in particular, let me make it clear that the problem doesn't just exist in America and England, there are power hungry maniacs in control all over the globe. Frightening, but very definitely true. So when someone with good morals, and a want to spread peace comes though, please don't ignore that person. It is not a weakness, it is a strength many of us don't have.

"Governmentalist" is highlighting how the people in power are acting and that their actions affect the innocent completely and totally everyday.

The money that is paid in taxes is there to be used at their discretion to protect the country and make it the best, most peaceful nation it can possibly be. Not for sending the young people off to fight and die in a war created to generate more money for a country that most definitely has enough.

So many innocent die for no good reason at all. The soldiers feel they are protecting their loved ones at home and the safety of their country, which is what many are told and many believe, the truth is the only thing they are protecting is the republican ' s interests ....meaning their wallets. To me this is the saddest reality I have come across in my 21 years of being here, there is no need for this. Those that can, please help this change.

Have a say! Listen to all information that is given to you and with that, make your decision based on what you believe is right. Not on what you're told to believe. You each individually have a mind and a mouth that finally you have a right to use. This vote is your only weapon, so go ahead and use it.