The One Thing That Makes Me Ashamed of Americans


by Glenn Shepard

November 4, 2014

Category:  Management





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I love my country more than I can convey in words.


When I became an Eagle Scout, I was taught to honor, appreciate, and respect all that weíve been blessed with.


My fellow Nashville resident Lee Greenwood said it best when he sang:



If tomorrow all the things were gone I'd worked for all my life,

And I had to start again with just my children and my wife.

I'd thank my lucky stars to be living here today,

Cause the flag still stands for freedom and they can't take that away.

And I'm proud to be an American where at least I know I'm free.

And I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.



Most Americans would agree with Mr. Greenwoodís sentiments. But words and actions are two different things.


Voter turnout in the U.S. ranks near the bottom when compared to other countries.


We should be ashamed of ourselves for that dismal statistic. Itís a disgrace to the people who made it possible for us to vote.


Thanking the troops for their service is fine, but actions speak louder than words. We owe a great debt to the men and women who served and sacrificed for our freedom.


While we can never repay that debt, one thing we can do is participate in the democracy they gave so much to defend.


Voting is about more than affecting the outcome of elections.


Itís about taking ownership.

Itís about not being self-centered.

Itís about not being lazy or apathetic.

Itís about participating in something bigger than ourselves.

Itís about honoring those who made it possible.

Itís about duty and obligation.  


(If youíre an American and donít feel obligated to vote, click here).


Most states require employers to give employees time off to vote, and 23 require that it be paid time off.


Regardless of whether yours does, I recommend that employers implore all of their employees to vote, and give them paid time off to do it.


It not only makes them better citizens, it makes them better people. It also makes them better employees since taking ownership, not being self-centered, and fulfilling our duties are qualities we look for in the people we employ.


Whatever you do today, I implore you to lead by example and vote. It's our greatest privilege, and our greatest obligation as citizens.


To Your Success,



Glenn Shepard

Proud to be an American and Proud to Vote





P.S. Click here to see if your state requires paid time off to vote.





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