Being part of a democracy, a government by and for the people, comes with certain rights and obligations. We have the right to vote, but so many people forget that it is not just a right, it is a privilege.
I think it is our duty, as Americans, to stand up and vote for what we believe in. I don’t care which side you vote for, I do care that you stand up and be counted, think of all the people that fought for your right to vote, they deserve better.
The biggest misconception I hear is that your vote doesn’t matter, yes it does, it matters so much more than you can easily see. Also, I hear a lot that “my spouse is voting for so-and-so, we just cancel each other out.” Really? Do you all vote straight ticket? Do you look at any of the issues?
If you vote you can complain about how things are going, loudly. No vote means no complaints. None. Look at it this way, if your candidate loses you know you did your personal best to get him there, and you can say, “I didn’t vote for that jerk!” Even if your guy wins, you can still say it, no one knows how you voted unless you tell them.
We all claim to be proud of our country, we all sing welcome home to our veterans, show this country you are proud of your hard fought voting privilege. I would love to see record numbers of voters turn out at this election. If you voted even once on American Idol I expect to see you at the polls! Happy voting!
About the author:
MamaSteph has 2 kids by birth and several by love, she is a nurse and enjoys finding healthier ways to make comfort foods, gardening, enjoying nature, and living life to the fullest…For a list of her blogs please click here.