Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Citizens: Do Your Duty Today
No electioneering today. Today is the day average Americans do their duty and go out and vote for the candidates of their choice. Since 1960 the percentage of eligible voters who actually go out and vote has declined, as barely half venture out to the voting booth. Many claim they don't know enough about the candidates, while many more complain that their vote won't make a difference. The only thing true about that thinking is that, if they don't vote, that will surely be true.
Back in 2004 when Iraqis joyously went to the polls to vote for their leaders of choice for the first time in 60 years I was so happy for them. I admit to shedding tears of joy for those brave Iraqis who walked around sporting those purple fingers, so proud to have the privilege of voting for the first time in their lives.
Americans have been so safe and secure with their voting rights for so long they tend to take that right for granted. More than half of the world today long for those rights.
Today both parties will go out and make their choices. Some do so with a great sense of responsibility. Some vote for the least offensive candidate while others are really "amped" to support their candidate.
A few days ago I wrote a blog about liberal media bias and their presumptuous declaration that Obama has already won this race so there was no need for Republicans to go out and vote. I was sarcastically flaying the liberal poll pundits. Then I got a comment to this blog from a liberal reader; he/she accused me of trying to use "reverse psychology" to lull liberals into staying home because Obama had this election sewed up!...which might give Republicans a fighting chance! That accusation made me laugh out loud as the reader was reading more into my blog than was there! It just shows how spirited both sides are about this particular election.
So, vote or not...that's your choice....but if you don't vote, don't be bitching about how things are going...this is the one and only day that you get to be the boss. Don't surrender that power to anyone!