Vote, Or Else!

As you just heard, there's a chance of rain in the area tomorrow, and some people will use the glimpse of even a drop of rain as an excuse to not bother with voting. I don't understand that mindset.

I know a number of people view voting as a sort of civic duty—which it is—and will feel guilty when they don't vote. Others are disdainful of politics, and consider themselves above it all. Others simply don't know much about candidates or issues, and, furthermore, don't care. But, voting is more than a civic duty. It is a privilege and a precious right, literally bought with the blood of our forefathers. Maybe the average revolutionary toting a rifle in 1776 didn't know much about politics, or voting either for that matter, but the writers of the Declaration of Independence, and the framers of the Constitution did, and they realized that citizen participation was necessary in that new form of government they were making—democracy. A government of the people, by the people, and for the people, as Lincoln put it. But, if people don't at least vote, they're wasting the liberties that were obtained at such high price.

And, in all likelihood, they'll be the ones who complain the loudest when we wind up with bad elected officials. At least one expert has predicted a turnout of about 22% tomorrow. If it does rain, it will be even less. That means, of every five people watching right now, four of them won't vote. One in five makes all the decisions. That often winds up, government of the people, by a fraction of the people, and for the benefit of the lobbyists.