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Why I vote, and so should you !

Updated on July 3, 2013
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So why should everyone who can vote do so? Although there are probably many reasons two of the most compelling ones are; you like the way things are and will vote to keep the status quo or you do not like the way things are and will vote for change.

More in depth reasons such as if you feel that the laws are or not the right ones, the way your country is heading is or is not, you want to make a difference that will have a direct impact on you, if you feel that things could be better, or you like one particular candidate's policies and way of thinking over another, are all good reasons why you should vote.

We often disagree with the way things turn out in many elections, but if you did not bother to vote, then you should not be able to gripe about the results.

I have met with countless numbers of new citizens and one of the first things that they look forward to is the right to vote. Nothing feels as more important to them as this new given ability and anyone who is fortunate enough to live in a society that not only allows you to vote, but actually encourages you to do so, should exercise this privilege whenever the opportunity becomes available.

One has but to talk with any citizen or former resident of a nation in which there are very few rights if any, associated with politics and then realize how precious this privilege is and how lucky we all are to be able to choose our form of government.

For example, in the upcoming presidential election to be held in the United States there are two main candidates. Each has his own view as to which direction the country should go and has specific ideas in how to run the government.

The Democrats have always had a tendency in favor of providing more social services to the general public while Republicans have mostly been seen as favoring private enterprise and letting "things" fall in their place through natural market forces. At least this is how I view things.

I, like many others, do not always take an all or nothing approach. You should carefully examine each candidates position and evaluate what appeals to you as an individual and then vote for the person who most closely fits your own ideas and perceptions of how the country should be governed.

I like some of the policies that the current president has tried to bring forward such as the national health insurance program.

"Sometime this year, President Obama will press Congress to approve his national health insurance plan. Obama's plan, perhaps best described in Jacob Hacker’s “Health Care for America” plan has the ambitious and expensive goal of providing affordable health insurance to all Americans through a combination of a new federal “Medicare-like” program and existing employer-provided health plans"....In summary, supporters of the Health Care for America plan say it would provide the U.S. with universal health care coverage by:

  • being available to any legal U.S. resident without good workplace coverage;
  • requiring that Americans who remain without insurance either purchase private coverage or buy into the Health Care for America Plan.

For persons already covered by employer-provided health insurance, Health Care for America would virtually eliminate the suddenly very real threat of losing coverage because of layoffs."

I do not like the way the economy has responded to his presidential tenure, yet I like what the President has tried to do. I like the way the other presidential candidate thinks about the economic future and his ideas in how to bring about a change. I especially like the way he brought about a change when the Winter Olympics came to Utah and he was chosen to be the Olympic's CEO. This does not by itself mean that I will vote for him this coming November, but it does signify a noticeable leaning point for me.

"Romney restructured the organization's leadership and policies. He reduced budgets and boosted fundraising, alleviating the concerns of corporate sponsors while recruiting new ones... He oversaw a $1.32 billion total budged.....The federal government provided approximately $400 million to $600 million of that budget, much of it a result of Romney's having aggressively lobbied Congress and federal agencies.It was a record level of federal funding for the staging of a U.S. Olympics. An additional $1.1 billion of indirect federal funding came to the state in the form of highway and transit projects.......Despite the initial fiscal shortfall, the Games ended up with a surplus of $100 million." Wikipedia

Again, these two important factors have a personal appeal to me as I see each's merit and how I vote will largely depend on how much one or the other candidate views and stands will affect me personally.

How each candidate, whether it be President Barack Obama or the Republican challenger Mitt Romney, is successful in getting his message across to you and how you interpret their stand as directly affecting you and the nation should be the key points in how you finally end up voting.

There are other factors to consider when casting your vote among which should not be how you like or do not like how one candidate wears his hair, his religious views, the way he talks and so on. Although we often take these into consideration whether or not we admit to it, they should not be key points to consider.

Instead focus on how you want the country to be in the upcoming years, how the majority and well being of the population will be impacted and how you would like the country to be.

After reading and digesting as much information about a candidate's political views and platform, then you should carefully examine your stand, your similarities and differences in views and then proceed to cast your vote for the one that you feel will do the most perceived good for the nation.

Remember that voting is a privilege which not all nations offer their citizens and one that we should never take for granted.

I have often seen families traditionally vote for the candidate or for the political party that their parents have customary endorsed and I have also seen many younger voters markedly take a stand and an interest in politics that is different from that of their parents. It used to be a number of years ago that a perceived empathy towards politics was the trend with younger voters.

This appears to be no longer the case and there are many older adults who should take notice and follow suit. The action of the older, perhaps more mature voters often can be an influencing force and the younger generation does pay attention.

We may not like the result but at least we participate should be our nation's platform. The voting process is not an exact scientific process and the political machinery may not always work as intended, take past Florida elections for example, but it is the best that we as a nation have at the moment. But with all of the countless deficiencies in the current system, one can only hope that as time goes by those who we as a nation choose to be the leaders of our government work diligently towards making the system better.

Until then exercising your right to vote is one of the best ways of making your opinion known and your voice heard. Voting is also the best way to honor the sacrifices of those that came before us and of those that gave their lives in defense of our right to be free.

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    • alancaster149 profile image

      Alan R Lancaster 5 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      It's A Lancaster (aka Alan Lancaster) Luis. No relation to Burt, although Dad used to say 'We're going to see Cousin Burt' when we went to the Flicks (Cinema).

      We've been over-dosed on democracy these last few years here!

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      Luis E Gonzalez 5 years ago from Miami, Florida

      teaches12345 and Alan Caster149; Thank you both

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Good post on why we need to vote. You have presented good argument. Let's hope that people get out and enjoy the privilege to vote this November. Voted up.

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      Alan R Lancaster 5 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      It's certainly an eye-opener for us over here about Obama's plans for healthcare insurance, why there's so much opposition to it and what the objections are. We went through that phase at a time when I was too young to know what was going on even outside my cot.

      There was opposition to Aneurin Bevan's plans for a National Health Service both from the medical profession - doctors and surgeons were only talked into accepting the scheme by the 'sop' that they could keep their private patients - and the 'higher-ups' in society who didn't like the idea of being lumped in with the rest of society. As it was they were able to opt out of the national scheme and only pay for treatment when needed. That was at a time when the average wage for 'Joe Soap' was about £2.10s (£2.50 today) and the man in the street had to sell his wedding ring to get the cash for prescriptions. I think the opposition comes in from people who 'have', and those for are the 'have-nots' or sympathisers. Am I right?

      Democracy's such a wunnerful thing, ain't it! How many Americans' incomes fall below 'average', and how many can afford private healthcare? On the other side of the coin, how many think of themselves as 'middle class' in the States, and of the rest, how many are out of work and live on handouts - and what percentage of American voters votes against 'class' interests? (I knew families in Industrial Teesside whose income was below average, yet the heads of each household voted Conservative because they liked Harold MacMillan, although he didn't do a lot for working families besides telling them 'they'd never had it so good').