The Voice of the People

Sneaking up on us, is our country’s midterm election! As a college student, this is my first ‘meaningful’ election, and you better believe I’ve requested an absentee ballot so I can vote while I’m away at school. While we won’t be able to get rid of Obama, this is a swing election that could end up changing the balance of power in the Senate and House. So, to be honest, I’ll tell you that it’s stupid not to vote this election. There, I said it. Now throw your best argument at me. Our country’s a wreck, and you’re ashamed to be an American? Then… it’s up to you to change it. You can’t complain if you don’t do anything. The latest Gallup Poll showed that the majority of Americans now have pro-life views. But if those people only take polls, and don’t vote, we won’t really accomplish anything, will we? There are no good candidates? I absolutely agree that no candidate is perfect. Because there are so many political issues, we’ll probably never agree with a candidate issue-for-issue. In some cases, the two or three candidates running are not appealing to us at all. But… no matter how we feel about them, one of them will win. And we might as well pick the most qualified one, or at the very least, the “lesser evil”. When both candidates seem equally ‘bad’, the last resort and very least you can do is vote by party. Maybe you agree so far with what I’ve mentioned, but you say that your vote won’t make a difference. Really? How many thousands of people say that? How many hundreds of thousands? You better believe that if every wavering voter cast their vote, it would make a difference. To conclude, I believe we are given both power and a responsibility. “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” (Edmund Burke)

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