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Voting Is Your Constitutional Right

Updated on February 23, 2013

The 2012 Presidential Election has come and gone. Now, our President has four years to get a lot of work done but he cannot do it alone. Our responsibility as voting citizens does not end with the end of an election. Now, it is up to us to hold the President and our Congressional Representatives accountable for the promises they have made.

If you did not vote in the Presidential Election, now is the time to ask yourself why and, to become involved in the political process. Voting should never be an arbitrary decision. When you walk into your polling place the vote you case carries with it an expectation that the people you are hiring will do the work you want them to do. Do your homework and decide what issues matter to you. Then, start making your voice heard in the local office of your House and Senate representatives.

Making Informed Decisions Before Voting

Long before you vote, you should ask yourself the following questions.

  • Which candidate has demonstrated more concern for PEOPLE?
  • Which candidate has a cool head and will make INFORMED decisions?
  • Which candidate do I honestly feel has more INTEGRITY?
  • Which candidate do I feel has the courage to make the TOUGH DECISIONS?
  • Which candidate will weigh all the options before sending our troops into WAR?
  • Which candidate has the best chance of forming diplomatic relations with other WORLD LEADERS?
  • Which candidate is less likely to play partisan POLITICS?
  • Which candidate has a real vision for the FUTURE?
  • Which candidate cares more about the country than their own EGO?
  • Which candidate do you TRUST most?
  • Which candidate do you feel is most CONSISTENT in their conduct.
  • Which candidate is likely to do what is necessary to keep us SAFE?
  • Which candidate is more THOUGHTFUL when making decisions?
  • Which candidate is more concerned about the future than about the POWER?
  • Which candidate do you think has demonstrated the most honest image of their VALUES?

Now that the election is over...

Stop the blame game. It serves no purpose. Many things could be different if our representatives in Congress would put partisan politics aside for the good of the people. Remind yourself that one person, man or woman, cannot and does not run this country alone. We are bound by a democratic process handed down by our founding fathers. The people we elect are dependent on their advisors and staff to inform and advise them. If you believe that one person will be the savior of all that is wrong in our country, you are going to be disappointed. It is s much your responsibility as anyone's to let your voice and opinions be heard.

Elections are about many things. They are NOT just about the economy, although that is critically important. It is also about keeping us safe, educating our children to become leaders on the world stage, taking care of our own who are wounded, sick, homeless or hungry. Elections are about our children, our elderly, and the working class. They are about your business, your taxes, and your retirement. You representatives need to hear from you; to know what matters to you. You have a responsibility to be involved in the decisions they make. Voting is your constitutional right but holding those you elect accountable is your moral and social obligation. The best way to a bright future is to be involved. If you care enough about your future and the future of your loved ones, take the time to write or meet the people you elect. Give them a face to remember. Make it personal.

© 2012 Linda Crist, All rights reserved.

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