Voting: A national responsibility

More often than not we hear a lot of people say that they don’t vote for a few understandably good reasons. First ” I’m not into politics.” Second “I just don’t believe it actually affects me.” and lastly ” Who am I to choose someone who will force their policies on someone else.” By Definition Democracy means “Government ran by the people.” So I ask you, thinking ethically, logically and emotionally why would you not want to control your own country and help shape your own kins future.

There is no doubt that voting is both a right that has been earned for you by our past Americans, it is also a privilege that we have become spoiled to. Voting is a right that we need to exercise greatly in order to not have that right taken from you. I’m sure there is a politician with tyrannical agendas who genuinely believes that if the right is not being used, then why even be offered? Great progression can come from electing the correct candidate. Making ethical voting decisions can help promote ethical agendas nationally and possibly internationally, for example: Health care, social benefits, nation protection, foreign policies and foreign aid. If you want change you must first become the change.

Besides voting for ethical reasons there are also many logical reasons why you should vote. For example according to the Washington Post 62% of U.S citizens voted in the 2008 presidential elections. In 2012 that percentage dropped to a frightening low of 58% which is the lowest it has been since 1942 when World War 2 started. This means that our current national pride and civil participation is down to almost half non participation. Every day i hear someone talking about their dissatisfaction with our government, well maybe thats because almost half of our population lets our government do what ever they want.

This may sound a little out of line but sometimes i question whether American Citizens even want to maintain the right to vote. I believe that if given the opportunity your right will be taken if it is not being exercised. Like I mentioned from the beginning Democracy by definition means governed by the people. If you cant vote, you are not part of a democracy you are under rule of a tyrannical government. Now lets take a second to look into the history of America and take a look at what it took to gain these freedoms: The Revolutionary war, total deaths= 4,435; Civil War, total deaths= 140,414 (union); World War One, total deaths= 53,402; World War Two, total deaths= 291,557. Ill just stop there since some of the wars since can be arguable. Whether you agree with the war or war in general we have been fighting since 1775 and have lost 651,031 people from 1775 – 1991 just fighting for this country. There has been approximately 41,892,128 people who participated total. ( all number come from infoplease.com/Americanwars). 

To conclude I’ll leave you with this quote and a small message. “I like to see a man who is proud of the place in which he lives, I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.” – Abraham Lincoln. At this point i don’t feel like I’m trying to persuade you as much I am begging you to take pride in where you live, don’t just shrug off issues because you feel there is nothing you can do, always remember you are the neck to the heads of this country. Use your right to vote and help shape this country to be the place you would be proud to call home. I have posted 2 links below the first will help you register to vote in your city, the second link will give you more information on how the voting process works just in case you want a little more background on how your voice is heard.

 

Register to Vote

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John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Speech

To be honest I’m usually not one for Political speeches specially speeches given by politicians, though J.F.K’s Inaugural speech always brings out the social dreamer in me. This idea of humanity becoming equal in all aspects, and really setting a higher standard for the rest of the world. Right before he ends his speech he says two quotes the first quote became very well known here in America, but I want to focus on the second quote which really shows Johns true passion. The first quote is “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what can you do for your country.” (J.F.K ” The Inaugural Speech.Americanhistoric.com”) Now that is great, very inspiring but what he says next could be life changing if not earth changing. he says “My fellow Americans ask not what America will do for you but what together we could do for the freedom of man.” (J.F.K ” The Inaugural Speech.Americanhistoric.com”) As a human being you should be able to relate on so many different levels. Wouldn’t you want peace amongst all man, woman and human alike. If so than I believe you would get the same joy and satisfaction out of this speech that i got. If you still believe that we are different because of location, religion, skin color or language barrier than you my friend need to really need to break down this speech and understand the importance of Johns words. These words inspired thousands if not millions to change their mindset and follow him into a journey of change and prosperity for humanity not just America. Ive posted a link below please take just a few minutes to see these progressive changes that were introduced almost sixty years ago and still have not been put into full effect. Its time for change if nowhere else let it start here. ” Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.” (J.F.K ” The Inaugural Speech. Americanhistoric.com”)

JFK Inaugural Speech

“The Great Dictator.” Chaplins Plead for change

It seems to me that it’s a little ironic that I am about to try and persuade you to go watch a speech that is trying to persuade you to change the world and create a reality where everyone is treated with equal respect, no man, woman or child goes hungry or cold, innovation is put before hatred and racism is replaced by love. At the end of Charlie Chaplin s (1940) “The Great Dictator” Charlie Chaplin gives a powerful speech that reflects the corruption and greed that rules over humanity. Charlie Chaplin passionately pleads for humanity to acknowledge the corruption and join together in their masses and alter the state of our foreign and domestic policies. If you have lost interest then you are exactly who Charlie Chaplin is speaking to, so I recommend you finish reading this then click the link at the bottom. If i still have your interest than great we are on the same page.

In short, Charlie touches on all aspects of corruption in his modern society that we still see today, if not to an even greater degree. “The way of life can be free and beautiful. But we have lost the way. Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate; has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed.” Sound familiar? It should because this is in reference to you, your family, your neighbor, your teachers and your government. Now you may be sitting there thinking that it doesn’t apply to you, but the sad reality is that it does and we are all guilty of it. I am just as guilty of this as you, so if you crave real change, and desire to be inspired to inspire, then please for the sake of humanity click on the link below. take a few minutes to allow yourself to be inspired. Share the video and inspire others “and in the name of democracy let us unite!”

 

“The Great Dictator.” – Charlie Chaplin