“Decisions are made by those who show up.” I thought about this line from West Wing yesterday when I found my ballot in my mailbox.
Several years ago, I was having a discussion with one of my friends. We seldom agreed on political things, but that was back in the days when people could disagree and still like each other. In fact, our discussions helped each of us see things in a different way, and I always learned from them.
I was surprised when she told me that she wasn’t going to be voting in the following election. She had some pretty strong opinions, but she complained that she just didn’t like the candidates that were running.
“That’s great!” I said. “I am voting. Thanks for letting me make the choice for you.”
In order for a democracy to work well, people have to be involved. One of the blessings of living in our country is that we do have a voice in the things that affect us. Let me rephrase that. We CAN have a voice in the things that affect us.
Unfortunately, too many of us choose not to exercise our right to vote. I was looking over the statistics for the last presidential election, for example, and saw that President Obama was re-elected with 51 percent of the popular vote. Then I looked at the statistics for voter turnout, and I discovered that only 57.5 percent of the eligible voters cast their ballots.
Math is not my strong suit, but it seems like President Obama was elected by a little more than one quarter of the eligible voters in our country.
That’s okay with me. I’m one of those crazy liberals who voted for him both times.
I just want to thank all of you who chose not to vote for letting me make the decision.
“Decisions are made by those who show up.” The more I think about it, the more I like it.
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