Archive for May 5th, 2010

Yesterday was primary election day in Ohio. A chance for my voice to be heard, my vote to be counted.

But not everyone feels the same sense of obligation to vote.  Our local paper, The Dispatch, reported, “Turnout was extremely light . . .,” and “those who did bother to show up . . . ”

What a sad commentary on the state of affairs.

We live in a gloriously free country (albeit mired in a traffic jam of political waste), where we enjoy rights citizens of other countries only dream about, and where we have the opportunity to shape the future — yet we can barely bother to show up on election day.  What gives?

And although about 90% of the time I’m disgusted with the “politics as usual” routine in Washington, and each year I feel my vote counts for less and less, I cast my ballot. Every time.

Because I can.

Because it’s my responsibility.

Because it’s my opportunity to make a declaration of what I believe. What should start. What should stop. What should be changed.

Similar to my inability to select a winner in the Kentucky Derby, neither my candidate nor issue always win. But that doesn’t stop me from being counted.

There was a time when I was content to stand quietly on the sidelines in life, career, politics, and let others make the decisions, cheat the system, take advantage, speak lies, take control.  But those days have passed.

Each of us owns the responsibility to stand up, speak out and be counted — at home, at work, in your community — even when your decision is difficult or unpopular, or when the issue is volatile or obscure.

You have a voice, a right, an obligation, the freedom — speak your mind, cast your vote.

“Stand up for what is right,
even if you are standing alone.”

Whatever you are, stand for something — your voice counts.


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