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On January 27, 1973, the Paris Peace Accords on “Ending the War and Restoring Peace in Vietnam” was signed — even though South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu had demanded changes to it which could not be realized — officially finalizing the withdrawal of U.S. troops from South Vietnam. In spite of this agreement, South Vietnam was unable to prevent its takeover by the North Vietnamese 2 years later.
So how long would U.S. military involvement have continued in Vietnam, if those opposed to the war, especially young people, did not protest?
And at present, are there concerns which we want to voice out in order to influence legislation?
With the internet and social media, we now have the ability to preserve our thoughts online and spread our ideas instantly. Are we taking advantage of this opportunity to make an impact on legislation?
I am not saying it’s as simple as that. But why stay silent when we have the tools to make ourselves heard easily?
At the same time, we are not just capable of making a stand. Because of the internet, we now have easy access to information that would enable us to provide solutions to our problems. If we express these ideas and desires to our lawmakers, they should listen because they were chosen to serve the people. Their response depends on how loud and how numerous our voices are.
So if we don’t speak up, what can happen to our future?
If we make ourselves heard, what will become of it?