We are the people of the United States of America. Those before us fought long and hard for our freedom of democracy, and some around us are still fighting for theirs. The question is, come November, will we use our freedom or will we take it for granted?
Many people view elections pessimistically – the vote doesn’t really matter in the big scheme of things because popular vote never really counts anyway. Well yes, if everyone approached elections with the same negative mentality about politics, nothing would ever be accomplished because no one would have input. Instead, view elections as a civic duty, or rather a privilege, awarded to Americans. Democracy is about believing in the right of the people – that we the people can make a difference in our country.
November is a time to put those political rants or Facebook statuses into action. If someone believes there is a problem with the system, then help change the system. Do something about it and vote. Elections give people an output for political frustrations and a voice in government.
We all participate in strengthening our democracy because we have the freedoms granted by the first amendment. Everyone has the chance to speak their opinions, and elections just take those opinions and channel them into numbers. The ability to have our own opinions makes a strong democracy. The elections are a way for the public to have their thoughts heard.
In a race as close as this one, every delay means a stronger democracy. The United States system functions to give voice to the people, and will go to lengths to adhere to the opinions of the people. Just remember, every vote counts.
In the end, whether it is President Barack Obama or presidential candidate Mitt Romney who wins the election in November, all that matters is that the decision was made by the people and for the people. Many countries aren’t even afforded the opportunity to elect their leaders, so everyone should capitalize on our right to vote in this democracy.
We are the free people of the United States of America. Utilize your freedom and vote because it does make a difference.