Benjamin Franklin once said that, “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” I believe that Franklin was telling us is that if a nation/people let their guard down just a little, the government would slowly take more and more, responsibility and freedom from the people. In doing so, the governing body would become increasingly powerful. Its leaders would become so power-loving that they would stop at nothing to take complete control from their constituents. In the process, making the government larger and larger to the point where it is no longer the republic which our founding fathers risked everything to erect firmly in this nation.
A republic is a unique form of government where the ultimate power is held by the people and their elected officials. America is among the few places on earth where the people rule. Yet, for some reason many people do not make their voices heard! Other nations would be overjoyed to have the freedom to vote given to them. A large number of my fellow Americans, refuse to use this privilege and for whatever reasons, they aren’t bothered by their decision.
Why do some people refuse to vote? Here are a few excuses…
Excuse #1: “My vote doesn’t count anyway!”
Fact #1: Your vote does count. You see, the Presidential Election is determined at the state-level. The candidate with the most votes in a particular state is awarded all of that said states’ electoral delegates. The delegates of each state then meet as the Electoral College to determine which candidate has the most votes from the delegates.
Excuse #2: “I’m too busy to go to my voting precinct!”
Fact #2: In some cases this can be a challenge. However, you have no excuse! For one, you should be ashamed of yourself! A lot of people have given their lives for voting rights. In there respect, it should you civil duty to vote and not let those who gave it ALL die in vain! Furthermore, most precincts have the option of receiving an Absentee Ballot/Early Ballot just in case you can’t make it the day of the election. So, even if your going out of town you still have the opportunity to vote.
Excuse #3: “I am not interested in politics!”
Fact #3: I understand that participating in something that does not intrigue you. This is too important of a topic to just not care about. Choosing not to vote is a decision that can majorly affect your life. Politics are a party of your life whether, you like it or not!
Consider your freedoms! Are you going to stand by and watch everything OUR Founding Fathers’ fought for slip further and further from our grasp or are you going to STAND UP and say “HEY! YOU CAN’T HAVE MY FREEDOM! because until you do… they will stop at nothing until they have it all! Howard Beale from The Network said it best in this Clip.
I ask you, are you going to sit idly by on the fence? Or are you going to be one of the few true Constitutional Knights and fight for it? Remember, Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.”
Exercise your rights and Vote!
Posted by: Michael W. Stone
A Contributor to The Constitutional Knight