Of course I will vote, won't you? In America, the right to vote FREELY for the people who control the quality of your lives formed the basis of our form of government and, in my opinion, not to vote is a slap in the face of our founders, even thought they gave you the right to choose.
I think I am not too far wrong in stating that America is still probably unique in the world in our ability to elect individual politicians who fought to be your representative. You may ask, what about Canada or England? Yes they vote freely, but not for individual politicians who got on the ballot the way they do in America. Instead, they are voting for the party's choice of candidate and are, if fact, voting for or against the ruling party, not the candidate.
Be happy that our founders didn't adopt the Athens version lock, stock, and barrel. There, voting wasn't a privledge you could ignore, it was law. If you were a male in the military (all male citizens of a certain age were in the military), you were required to vote. All others, e.g. slaves and women, were not allowed to do so.
Theprivilage to vote also gives you the responsibility to KNOW what/who you are voting for. Don't just vote to say you voted. That hurts this country as much, if not more, than NOT voting. Greg
I will vote. But voting is one thing. Making these politicians accountable to what they pledge in their campaigns is another thing. I watched Bill Moyer's last night on PBS. He had a guest that stated that the campaigns are nothing more than a movie that we are watching and that just like a movie, we expect some type of hero and resolution at the end. However, in reality, when they get into office, it is no longer a movie and there may not be a hero who gets into office and there may not be a resolution...and there definitely is no accountablility.
Yes I will vote in November. I take pride in exercising my right to vote each election whether it is for a bond issue or electing individuals to office. I also try to keep informed about candidates and what they stand for not by what they say but what they have done.
Each individual needs to be informed this election year and vote for the person who you feel is the best choice for our country regardless of party affiliation. We need to start voting for individuals not a political party.
I have never missed a primary or general election since I was old enough to vote. People who don't vote have no right to complain when we have bad government. People who do vote are exercising a precious right to try to get good government. But voting is more than making choices in a voting booth. One needs to study the issues and candidates before voting, and one also should know the Constitution that governs our country and evaluate candidates as to how they will defend that Constitution.
Voting in itself is not a virtue. I'm afraid too many people's votes are being bought with promises or even stolen. Voting intelligently and legally is what citizens need to do.
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