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Responsible Citizens Vote

Posted on February 6, 2012 By

I’ve heard it all before, haven’t you?

  • Some people sit out elections because they refuse to vote ‘for the lesser of two evils.’
  • Some people don’t vote for philosophical reasons although I am not sure what those reasons are.
  • Others simply do not feel informed enough to cast a vote for anyone, even someone in their own local district.
  • Still more are privately vowing NOT TO VOTE, feeling that this will somehow put pressure on the ruling party to do their bidding. The fact is, it doesn’t. And it won’t.

They could care less how you feel and they would be just as happy if you also did not vote.

That said, we happen to live in a Republic and our Republic form of governance depends on us to participate and help protect the individual liberties that are afforded us by our Constitution.

So deciding not to vote is really a vote in favor of those who would rule us as they (not you) see fit.

Calvin Coolidge said it best:

The right to vote is conferred upon our citizens not only that they may exercise it for their own benefit, but in order that they may exercise it also for the benefit of others. People who have the right to vote are trustees for the benefit of their country and their countrymen. They have no right to say that do not care. must care! They have no right to say that whatever the result of the election they can get along. They must remember that their country and their countrymen cannot get along, cannot remain sound, cannot preserve its institutions, cannot protect its citizens, cannot maintain its place in the world, unless those who have the right to vote do sustain and do guide the course of the public affairs by the thoughtful exercise of that right on election day. They do not hold a mere privilege to be exercised or not, as passing fancy may move them. They are charged with a great trust, one of the most important and most solemn which can be given into the keeping of an American Citizen. It should be discharged thoughtfully and seriously, in accordance with its vast importance.

Coolidge suggests that we approach the ballot box in the spirit that we would approach a sacrament, wholly dedicated to the welfare of our country.

That is wonderful advice that Americans should heed.

The American Revolution, after all, was the struggle of a free people trying to hold onto their freedom. They were defending themselves against the despotism of King George III, and they were intent on establishing the rule of law as the founding principle of our government.

Our forebearers fought that battle so that we may have the individual liberties that we have today; liberties, therefore, that should never be taken lightly.

Our Constitution is coming under increasing attack by those who would interpret it solely to further their own aims. Back in the days of our Founders  it was the Federalists versus the Republicans. Today it is still about the Federalists versus the Jeffersonian Republicans, despite the passage of years.

The continuing struggle is between those who want to rigorously follow the Constitution as it was written, and those (the Federalists) who would interpret the Constitution so as to further their own best interests. The Federalists believe that the country should be ruled by the wealthy because they do not trust the common people who they deem too ignorant. And they favor a powerful central government featuring a strong executive and social entitlements.

The Jeffersonian Republicans, on the other hand, favor limited government with finite responsibility, reserving everything else for the sovereign states to control, or the people themselves. They believe giving the states more power preserves a better relationship between the people and their government. And they believe that it better protects our individual liberties from those whose desire is to erode them. They seek to protect our individual liberties at all cost.

Surely you have some thoughts about the matter?

If so, cast your vote in upcoming elections. Make your choice about the kind of government you prefer to live under. Study the issues for yourself and find out who is running for office that best reflects your own personal views, and then vote for them.

Stand tall and make your voice heard!