I just got an email from the local “Tea Party” group. Although I have never been to their meetings, I receive messages about them. The topic of the upcoming meeting was very simple: Why Vote?
I must admit, I was flabbergasted! Here is an organization that exists for the sole purpose of bringing about change within our government: which can really only happen through the process of voting someone in and someone else out. And yet they feel the need to have a meeting to tell their members why they should vote!
This really speaks to the apathy and victim attitude that is so prevalent in today’s society. You can not go a day without hearing some complaint about how bad things are, the news is filled with people protesting and ‘camping out’ about the wrongs that have been thrust upon them. Numbers I have found online indicate that about 60% of those eligible to vote do register, and of those registered about 70% of those actually vote. This means that roughly 52% of eligible voters in the US vote in major elections.
Voting is a privilege. One that most of the world does not share. My general feeling is if you do not vote you do not have the right to complain about how things are, because you are not taking any action in order to change the things that you complain about.
In R. A. Heinlein’s novel “Starship Troopers” the only people allowed to vote were those who served in the defense of their country. They earned and appreciated the right. Maybe that’s what we need to do to get Americans to realize just how good we have it.
Before we lose it.