Sunday, August 31, 2008

No Vote, No Gripe

In November, the American voting public will take part in a historic election. What an amazing time this is! It doesn't matter whether the Republicans or Democrats claim the White House. No matter how the election shakes out, history will be made. We will either have the country's first black male president or the country's first female vice-president.

I don't care how people vote so long as they get out there and cast their ballots. The right to vote is an amazing perk to being an American citizen. We get to have a say in who will run our country. The power of the people is an amazing thing.

I truly believe that if a person doesn't exercise his/her right to vote then that person loses his/her right to gripe! Why would I listen to a person bemoan American politics if that same person chooses not to have their voice be heard? I get so frustrated on election day when the voices of the few make the choices for the masses.

My husband and I always go vote together. We go first thing in the morning on our way to taking our children to preschool and nursery school. We want them to witness us exercising our right to vote. We want them to be voters when they are older. We want them to care about their town; their county; their country.

So many people think that their vote doesn't matter. Think about grains of sand or granules of sugar. If you keep taking just one grain or granule away...eventually you will be left with nothing. It will take a while, but the pile will dwindle. That is how it is with voters. As voters we need to be a part of the pile! If voters keep choosing not to vote, then the pile will dwindle and the power of the people will be lessened.

Get out there on Election Day and exercise your right as a citizen of these great United States! I will gladly argue politics with you all day long as you vote. If you don't vote, don't gripe about who takes up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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