Some people don’t realize the importance of this election—and it’s possible many won’t until a few years from now.
It’s not just because we could have the first black president, it’s not because we could have the first female vice president. It’s because, at this moment, our country is in a sad state affairs and lacking direction, and we have to elect the leader who is going to pull us out of this slump and get our nation back on the right track.
I made some phone calls to a few friends, letting them know some basic voting information—what they could wear to the polls, what forms of ID are acceptable, etc. And yes, I even called a couple of people who I know are going to vote the exact opposite as me. Why?
“I may disaprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” —Voltaire
“Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.” —Unknown
“There is only one basic human right—the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty— the duty to take the consequences.” —Unknown
That pretty much sums it up. We all have an opinion, and are entitled to it—although, let it be known that slander, libel, and discrimination of any sort are detestable behaviors which should not be tolerated merely because someone has the freedom to wax idiotic. Furthermore, we all have a duty as citizens of the United States to weigh in on political affairs; to put forth our opinion on how we think our cities, states, and nation should be run; and to keep ourselves properly informed as to the state of our union, so that when we walk into the voting booth, we not only know who we’re voting for, but why they’re getting our vote.
So, to anyone reading this, please join me this year in what is arguably the most important election year in recent history, and cast your vote. You don’t want to tell your grandkids that you were too busy.