Why vote?

Posted by Wilcox on 11/1/2013 to History
Well, here are a few reasons to consider….
  • “To vote is like the payment of a debt, a duty never to be neglected , if its performance is possible.” (Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th President )
  •  “We the People are the rightful masters of both Congress and the Courts—not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.” (Abraham Lincoln, 16th President)
  • “A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.” (Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President)
  • “If a republic government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the divine commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the laws.” (Noah Webster, American educator and dictionary developer)
  •  “It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government.” (Thomas Paine, Patriot and pamphleteer)
Why vote?!? We vote because we can; we should; and we must! We live in a nation in which we can still express our opinions—even in the voting booth. We should express our views so our nation’s system of checks and balances in government are maintained. And we must vote, or we’ll soon discover that the freedoms we have taken for granted are no longer available to us. Thomas Jefferson once stated that he had “no fear that the result of our experiment will be that men may be trusted to govern themselves without a master.” Jefferson may have had no fears about this noble experiment called the United States of America, but I do…particularly if we become a politically-apathetic people.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower explained, “Every step we take towards making the State our Caretaker of our lives, by that much we move toward making the state our Master.” Let us stave off any human or government becoming our master by being a voting people. Who cares that this is not a presidential election year? There are still matters in every district and precinct about which we should be concerned. Every opportunity we have to vote, every chance we have to express where we believe the government should and should not be involved, and every time we can demonstrate our rights freely, we must take it. Our fifteenth president, James Buchanan, once said, “I like the noise of democracy.” Let’s get out Tuesday, November 5th, 2013, and make some noise!

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