In our American system of politics we determine who serves in ‘elected offices’ based on voting by the public or at least that is how it is designed. I understand that voter fraud, election tampering and things of that nature can alter the outcome and unlike some of my friends and acquaintances I do not believe all elections are ‘rigged’ and the outcome predetermined. Maybe I’m living in a fantasy but I still believe that if enough of us turn out and vote, become poll watchers, election judges, and involved in the process we can offset and negate the voter fraud and tampering. That is my belief and you may wholeheartedly agree or disagree that’s up to you.
According to Merriam-Webster the word vote means “a usually formal expression of opinion or will in response to a proposed decision; especially: one given as an indication of approval or disapproval of a proposal, motion or candidate for office.” With that definition in hand I ask, “Is it important to vote?” If we are going to ‘formally’ give our opinion in a way that has the potential to impact the future of our nation and our lives, we need to vote. For the moment, forget the voter fraud and tampering and consider what it means for you to ‘cast your ballot’ or express your formal opinion on election-day. If I vote I am expressing my approval or disapproval but if I fail to vote what am I doing? I am expressing my opinion that I am okay with whoever wins the election or the decision on the particular issue being considered. I am, in a very real sense, saying I either do not care what happens am resigned to the fatality of whatever decision is made, or okay with the either possibility. I CANNOT DO THAT! I do care and am not okay with the possibilities so I vote.
I understand the repulsion to the notion that we have to ‘vote for the lesser of two evils’ and while I am empathetic America is spiraling almost at the speed of light toward the abyss of destruction and I want that changed even if it is a small change. I am a combat veteran of the Vietnam era and consider myself a patriot who believes in the Constitutional Republic that our founders gave us. I believe in our unalienable rights that God has granted and the Constitution recognized. I believe in limited government, desire reduced spending, erasing the deficit, a strong national defense, and the free market. Therefore, I feel that if I fail to vote I am casting those aside and saying, “Nothing can be done so why bother.” I CANNOT DO THAT!
The battle for America as a Constitutional Republic is not limited to the ballot box it is a daily effort. The establishment of both major political parties has become corrupt with a thirst for power that is unacceptable and would have prompted our founding fathers to call for action to reject them. I call for that today! I am not calling for armed insurrection but for systematic efforts to dethrone those who have become entrenched in power in Washington and the State Houses who do not follow the Constitution or support the values and principles we hold dear. We can overcome them as was evidenced in Ronald Reagan’s overcoming the establishment and winning election twice in landslides. Having someone who has some charisma, enough oratorical ability to engage people and inspire the conversation while articulating what they believe will win elections. Milk toast RINO’s like John McCain, Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush, or Chris Christy will not. A majority of people in America still want a Constitutional Republic and hold conservative values, at least fiscally and with regard to national security. Sadly, the Republican Establishment thinks playing defense will win the game but without offense no points are scored and the game or election is lost.
I have spoken with people who are immigrants from countries where they did not have the right or privilege to vote as we and they are dumbfounded at the apathy of most American voters. Some of them are keenly engaged in vetting politicians and issues and regard their VOTE as a treasure and a sacred trust. I would that a majority of Americans felt the need and desire to vote and then if the decision is contrary to what I believe and desire I could more readily accept that reality but when MILLIONS just do not vote and allow the politicians and policies that are ambassadors against Freedom and a Constitutional Republic win, I am deeply disturbed. I consider it a privilege, responsibility, duty and a sign of respect to my God, Family, and Country to participate by casting my ballot. If you disagree that is your choice I am just expressing my view. Thank you for allowing me to do so.
God bless you and God bless America.