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.
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