Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Voting in America

The right to vote is sacred.  It was paid for with the blood of the men and women who founded this nation.  The blood of our current military members keeps us free from tyranny and those who would drag this great nation through the mud.

Thankfully I have never known what it was like to not be able to vote freely and without intimidation.  I can't imagine what it must be like to be afraid to vote or to vote for who you want to.  I am also thankful that I was born in the 20th century and not the 19th or the early 20th century when women were treated as property and had no say in what went on even in their own homes.

We owe it to those who fought before us to vote in every election possible.  To be informed voters and gather information from various sources before making our decisions.  Not to blindly believe every sound bite or commercial placed before us. 

Did everyone that I voted for this last election win, no they did not.  But I voted for whom I thought would do the best job.  There will be another election and if those who did win do not live up to their campaign slogans, then they will be gone and someone else will have a chance.

The message is that who you vote for, while important, is not as critical as the process of voting.  The process of making your voice heard.  It is not a perfect system but it beats everything else that I have seen.