Why do we put "you" next to "don't", not just "don't take the easy way out"?
"You" is added here for emphasis addressing the other person. "Don't take the easy way out" can also be said as is. Adding "don't" after "you" is also part of a dialect that is spoken in the Southern part of the United States. People in the South of the U.S. sometimes put "you" after "don't". It is not correct grammar, but it is how some people who live there talk.
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