With Election Day literally around the corner, I thought it was time to put my two cents in regarding the importance of voting.
Any student of history knows that every vote truly does count. President Andrew Johnson, impeached in 1868, was spared removal from office by a single vote to acquit in the U.S. Senate.
In 1992, a New Port Richey mayoral race’s outcome would have been different if only two people had voted for a candidate other than the one they supported. The value of each individual vote can’t be overstated. The great republic we live in and enjoy is possible because of the voice that our Founding Fathers gave us at the birth of this nation. Your vote is more important than you may realize.
Whether the election is for President of the United States, or a member of the county school board, the future of whatever area of responsibility that office oversees hangs in the balance. The funny thing about elections is that someone is going to win. Who that person is depends upon the people that take the little bit of time required to either travel to a polling place or mail in an absentee ballot. The winner will reflect the values and worldview of whomever invests the effort to make their voice heard.
As citizens we have very few true duties in this nation. Although we are not required by law to vote, it is a moral obligation that we do so. Although exact figures are not known, estimates place the number of colonial soldiers who died during the American Revolutionary War as high as 8,000. It is also estimated that since the creation of our republic over 1.3 million men and women have died on the battlefield protecting the freedoms and way of life we enjoy today. If we don’t want to vote to express our personal beliefs and outlook, then should we not vote to honor the memory of those who fought and made the ultimate sacrifice to protect us from tyranny?
It has been said that the voting booth is the great equalizer. From the most powerful government official or billionaire, to the person of most humble means, it all comes down to one vote per person; nothing more and nothing less. Please make certain that your opportunity to cast your equal vote doesn’t pass you by. You may regret it if you don’t.
If voting is important to you please leave me a comment and tell me why. If it is not a big priority in your life, let me know why not. I welcome your thoughts and look forward to reading them.