This year’s political scene is unprecedented. No matter which side of the aisle you’re on, it’s been an ugly, heated and tumultuous battle of wits and words. People are passionate about their candidate and are just as passionate about their disdain for the opponent. I’ll refrain from expounding on my political views, but what I will do is implore you to get out and vote in November.
The United States of America may just be the world’s oldest continuous democracy; something we should never take for granted. Voting is a privilege and a right that many Americans fought hard for and struggled to win. There are people around the world whose voices are never heard; their opinions never known. Thanks to our soldiers, our freedoms and the democracy we embrace are protected.
Stop and think about this; which would you rather contend with? You arrive at your polling location, you’re running late for work, only to be met with a very long line and just two poll workers to handle the rush. Or, you live in Afghanistan (you’re already concerned about backlash for simply voting), the line at the polling booth is long, leaving more time for exposure to potential threats, outright danger, or terrorist violence just because you’re trying to cast a vote. I think I’d rather be late to work.
You get the gist – voting is a privilege. Honor that privilege.
We live in a free country, so our voices can be heard through the votes we cast. This is an important way to show support for the issues that matter most to us by helping to elect the representatives who can best implement policies and effect the changes we want to see.
Consider voting a civic duty. It is one of the most important rights and responsibilities that U.S. citizens have. Not only it is everyone’s right to vote, it is also everyone’s duty to vote in order to ensure freedom of expression, equality, and well-being of this country we live in.
Be American. Vote.