Voting is a privilege and a duty [UPDATED]Published 10:43am Monday, November 5, 2012 Updated 12:44pm Monday, November 5, 2012
Election time rolls around again and it can be a challenge to educate oneself on each candidate’s platform and how it fits into the voter’s ideal system. The truth is that there is no perfect, magical candidate that will please everyone or solve all of the nation’s problems. Some voters fear to express their choices, or talk about their votes in hushed tones. Some chose not to vote at all. We are often reminded that what we may carelessly cast off as a given right, is still being fought for in some countries. It is a great opportunity to be a part of something that has been in place for centuries – to cast your vote for not only candidates, but for choices.
My roots run deep, passionate for this right, realizing the system has its faults, but still yet taking advantage of this opportunity. It is a right, a privilege, and one that should not be taken lightly or given up freely. It is our duty as American citizens. Growing up in rural Minnesota in a conservative Republican family, I have adjusted those views somewhat; but continue to believe in the rewards that loyalty, hard work, taking care of your family and following God’s word can bring, without being assisted by the government. Government should not have the right to infringe on our religious views and dictate mandates. In addition, each person is responsible for choices made and the results of those choices. While fate and situations can play a part, no one should have the ability to take and reap the profits from another who has paid the price with sacrifice and hard work without contributing themselves.
As every election, voters have to decide on candidates and filter through the campaign promises, speeches and media articles. Take a few minutes and make that choice. I do hope your choice is my choice. But in any event, get out and vote. If you need help making a decision, seek out the knowledge of others. Let us surpass previous voting records this year.