Next week on November 6th, Americans will once again go to local polling places to vote. The mid-term elections are critically important because the outcome will indicate how the country will be governed for the next two years in anticipation of the next presidential election.

For months we have been bombarded with political rhetoric from both the Democrats and Republics that often malign the political records of opposing parties and tout the legislative achievements of their own party. Such is the way of life in a democratic republic. The electoral process is a hallmark of American democracy and it needs to be preserved.

Americans are notoriously lazy about voting in elections, especially in the mid-term elections simply because most voters believe that mid-term elections don’t matter. Nothing further from the truth can apply. Congressional seats in both the House of Representatives and the Senate are critical for judicial continuity of government and are indeed critically important to ensure our democratic process continues to function properly.

The electoral process is the quintessential way to participate in government at the grass roots level simply because the tabulated results of the ballot box reflect the will of the people. Demonstrably many voters are intimidated with the entire way political campaigns engage the voter to determine their votes. However, when all is finished, the secrecy of the voting booth allows voters to exercise their Constitutional rights without interference.

Regardless of one’s religious beliefs, the power of the people collectively demonstrates the fact that the American experiment indeed works, not just in theory but in practice. As an American citizen the ability to cast a ballot and determine the outcome of elections is a privilege not enjoyed throughout the world. Political leadership in some countries is reserved for the social elite, other countries demand land ownership as a qualification to vote. In the United States, the right to vote is universal to all citizens after attaining the age of 18, no other requirements are demanded.

Contemporary society in the United States is polarized with many issues that affect each voter in the country. The ability to freely cast a ballot and contribute to the election of a politician of choice is an extremely valuable resource of American citizenship. Each eligible American needs to vote because it emphasizes the freedom of personal choice which is guaranteed to every citizen in the United States Constitution.

Political disparities exist in a nation of plurality, and they should be settled not with acts of domestic terrorism, violence or continued hostilities committed against individuals or groups. In the United States political and social disparities are settled through politically mediated methods, namely the power of the people to vote for change in American society.

As citizens of the United States we ALL have a responsibility and an obligation to vote on election day. It is indeed one of the few obligations we have as part of the American democratic republic we all call home. Admittedly, it is not always easy to discern properly which candidate to vote for on election day. Proper due diligence is required prior to entering the voting booth. When we choose to favor a candidate with our vote, it is more than being a Republican or a Democrat. Voting is an individual’s participation in the active governing of the United States through one vote.

Study the issues, review the qualifications of each candidate and finally make a commitment to a candidate that permits your conscience rest easily with your voting decision.


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