This I Believe

zac - conway, Arkansas
Entered on September 12, 2007

D-day, June 4th 1944. Normandy, France

The salty, sandy waves were terribly stinging the man’s injured legs. He

had barely made it to the beach after his landing ship was hit, and now he

struggled to hold onto the few minutes of life that he knew were his last. His only

comfort through the noise and the pain was that he was on the right side, fighting

for liberty and free government, fighting for a place where you could select your

own leaders and determine the course of your own life without fear.

Today in America, nearly fifty percent of citizens do not exercise their hard

earned right to vote. It is likely that the children, and especially grandchildren of

a veteran who experienced a story similar to the one above do not exercise their

right to vote. I believe that full half of citizens should be totally ashamed of

themselves for not doing so. Democracy is a grand idea, and an even grander

privilege. It is not something we should take lightly, or certainly not ignore

completely, as some choose to do. Only a ridiculous person would argue that the

idea behind democracy is flawed. Who wouldn’t want to have a hand in putting

their leaders into positions of authority and influence? Who wouldn’t want to do

something benefit their interests in the long run? Those are some questions that I

ask myself when I read or view something about low voter turnouts. I simply cant

understand what would drive someone to take away their own voice by choosing

not to participate in our country’s governmental processes.

I don’t know what causes people to develop an apathetic or morose

attitude towards our country’s government officials and government actions.

People without an opinion are definitely people without a voice, and in the

modern world your voice is your most powerful weapon. Our system has been

made available through the sacrifice of our citizens. I believe that alone should

command enough respect out of today’s populace for them to at least get off of

the couch and go vote for their desired leaders. I can’t think of many excuses a

person could give as to why they don’t vote, and that is because there are not

many reasonable ones.

It is scary that a looming sense of apathy has overtaken the voters of the greatest country in the world. I become rather unsettled when I see that my fellow Americans don’t even care to go use their privileged voice, and I hope many others share my sentiments.