Why vote?

November 1, 2008

“So long as I do not firmly and irrevocably possess the right to vote, I do not possess myself. I cannot make up my mind — it is made up for me. I cannot live as a democratic citizen, observing the laws I have helped to enact — I can only submit to the edict of others.”

— Martin Luther King, Jr. | 1957

Often, we don’t realize the value of something until it is taken away from us.  This applies to civil rights, human dignity, and even the people in our lives.  It’s unfortunate, but true.

The right to vote is no different. People have fought wars, been tortured, and lost lives to ensure that every citizen has an equal chance to be heard. If you don’t care for the issues or the candidates, at least go and place your vote as a sign of respect for the people who have fought so that we have this opportunity to express ourselves.

In the end, your vote may not really matter. But what will matter is your reverence towards the people whose shoulders we sit on and live, breathe, and sleep so freely.

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