Is voting important? You bet; published in “Our Citizen Duty to Vote” Anthology
Get It While the Gettin’s Good
Author and Writing Coach
If you’ve ever followed the hashtag #FirstWorldProblems on twitter, which pokes tongue-in-cheek fun at how good first-world folks have it, you’ll understand what I’m about to say. In a country where we face such inconveniences as waiting a full five minutes for someone else to make our hamburger or having to drive all the way across town to buy the cell phone we want, it can be easy to see voting as an inconvenience: the long lines, the standing, the research it takes to know who’s who…
Well, think again. Democracy disappears when the people who are its foundation cease to invest. A government of the people need, by definition, people to maintain it and support it.
According to Al Jazeera America, only 42 percent of Americans voted in the 2014 midterm elections, the lowest level of voter turnout since 1978. 58% of Americans thought voting was unimportant, took their rights for granted, and let someone else make their decisions for them.
That this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.