When asked, “Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?”, Ben Franklin replied: “A Republic, if you can keep it.”. It is our job as citizens to keep hold of the republic that we know and love. We can maintain control over our individual rights though one very simple act: voting.
It is universally understood that a singular vote will not change the outcome of an election, however, the “my vote doesn’t make a difference” mentality does have the power to change America as we know it. If every American woke up on election day and mumbled “ehh, not like my vote matters anyways” and went back to bed, that would be the end of the republic. Power of the people relies singlehandedly on activism and involvement of citizens. Without it, the rights that we take for granted would be stripped from us.
If keeping the republic isn’t enough to make you go to the polls, here are a few bonus reasons:
- Complain with validity.
If you are going to complain about the government at least be able to justify your whining by being an active citizen.
- Because you matter
If you think your opinion matters, (we all like to think our opinion matters, lets be honest) then voice your opinion in a way that can invoke real change.
- Keep control out of the governments hands
Nobody likes a greedy government, especially our founding fathers. Make them proud.
- “FREEEEEDOM”, as said by Mel Gibson.
If you want to continue to live in a country that allows you to be a free individual, with guaranteed rights, you should cast a vote.
Side note: this article, written by Ken Blackwell dives deeper into issues surrounding voting.