To Vote or not to Vote, that is the Question.

Every four years we have the privilege to vote for a candidate we think that will represent our beliefs and views for the office of President of the United States of America. On November 6th, 2012 once again, we the people (every American citizen eighteen and older) will be called to duty to vote for the next leader of our great country.

This election year is one of the most vital elections we have had in history and not to vote just because you don't have the time, you don't like either candidate, or you don't follow politics is not an excuse not to vote. Our country was founded on principles of freedom and the right to choose, if you don't vote then you don't have the right to complain about any government issue at hand because you didn't stand up and voice your opinion. There is no excuse not to vote.

I had a friend that would tell me every time when it was time to vote, "oh I'm not going to vote because my vote will be cancelled out by my husband's, so what's the point." But yet she would complain all the time about how the government was being run. It doesn't matter if your vote is cancelled out by someone else, what matters is that you stood up and voiced your opinion. Let the government know how you feel. It infuriates me to no end when I hear someone say I don't vote. When you don't vote it's telling our government that you don't really care enough about how our country is being ran and that you are giving the power to them to run the country as they see fit, and that you are happy how the country is being currently ran. We as a country have lost our sense of values, we were not founded on the principle to sit around and be told what to do, we were founded on principles to stand up for what we believe in and freedom. When you don't vote you are actually "voting" to keep the current situation in play.

Our country is headed towards socialism, and if we don't band together to stop it we will have no one to blame but ourselves. We the people have lost our sense of values and duty. It's time that we all stand together and take back our country, and the only way to do that is if every United States Citizen stands up on November 6th and votes.

As citizens of the USA we have the privilege of being considered smart enough by our founding fathers to have a say in the workings of the government. That is what democracy is all about, to be able to voice your opinion to be heard. If you love our country and the founding principles of freedom then you will vote. If you don't love your country and don't want to make it better you will sit at home and watch your rights be decided by other individuals that might not have the same values as you have. Not only that, you are teaching your children that our voice as citizens really don't matter and pretty soon less people will vote, leaving this country being ruled by dictators and we will lose the freedoms we all have been accustom to and have learned to take for granted. We the people have the power to show the politicians we are tired of how our country is being run and that we will not stand idly by letting them decide what is best for us. This election year I implore every United States citizen to get out and vote, don't turn a blind eye to the issues at hand. Together we can and will make a difference.

I know it's hard trying to decide which candidate is the better one and sometimes you feel as if you're not informed enough to make a major decision as who will run our country, but this is the time to get informed. Decide how you want your country ran and learn about the issues at hand. Don't let the candidates dazzle you with their ideas on the hot topics, dig deeper into their policies and where they stand on socialism and democracy. Find out all the facts before you cast your vote and don't just vote for a candidate just because their stance on one topic is the same as yours, get the bigger picture. Are they trying to sugar coat the real issues just so they look good, or are they fighting for our country and looking out for the best interest of the United States and its citizens? We have to get back to the original ideals that our founding fathers had which is democracy and freedom.

Until next time,

Karen Beth

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