Thursday, October 28, 2010

Please Vote

Beyond all beliefs that your vote may not be counted, or counted correctly, or that there are no good options in the initiatives or in the party members whom you will elect, there are still good reasons for you to vote:
  1. Voting tells the people in power that you count; that your voice cannot be ignored.
  2. Voting tells everyone in your community that you count; that you will vote again. It establishes your historical track record as someone who participates in the electoral process.
  3. Voting helps you discipline your mind to understand the complicated world of politics and economics and helps you solidify your relationships to the political world around you.
Most of us alone can do very little about the problems of the world around us. But together, we are thousands of of voices, thousands of people talking, thousands of people caring, thousands of people willing to exercise their will; all of us reaffirming, in the elegant and timeless (here slightly edited) words of Thomas Jefferson :

"That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men [all peoples], deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."

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