Much is said of our right to vote. It is a right that should be treasured and appreciated for the power that comes with it. But in this democracy it is not just a right, it is also a privilege. It is a privilege to live in a society where citizens can voice their grievances and have a say in how they are governed. Most importantly, it is a responsibility. Yes, you may have a right to vote, you may enjoy the privilege of voting, but you have a serious responsibility to educate yourself and to vote as a member of this democracy.
It is important to research the issues and candidates that you are voting on; don’t just go along with the crowd or with the television commercial you liked best. Research who is running and decide if you agree with the stances they have and the direction they want to take this country…your country. Read through the seemingly endless propositions and ballot initiatives, and don’t allow it to become a battle of attrition with the legislatures overloading each ballot with one bond issue after another. Take control by looking at what each item is proposing; then decide for yourself if it will make your state or country stronger and take it in the direction you agree with.
So as you go to exercise your right to vote, keep in mind that the issues at hand are of grave importance to the work we have to do to insure “…that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.