Howard F. Bryan Jr.: Why should we vote?

Published: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 3:32 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 3:32 p.m.

In the November elections we are afforded the freedom to cast a vote for the office of President of our country. Why should anyone vote?

What difference can one vote possibly make? Nothing will change anyway, right? They are all crooks. They smear each other in the political ads. You can't even tell Democrats and Republicans apart. They all break their promises, spend too much money, and things just get worse for the “little people” (us). Besides, it is tiresome to continually

vote against a candidate rather than for one.

This banter depicts a nearly hopeless situation. This is just what some want us to believe and feel (hopeless). So we often vote based solely on our political party affiliation or someone's opinion. Or we might not even vote, which is pathetic!

Prosperity is really the key to determining a good President. If things are good, they will likely continue to be so, indicating this one's a “keeper.” The problem is that things are not good. Many of us have family, friends, and neighbors that are not working, can't find a job, or can't change jobs or get a promotion. Food prices are high. The housing market is in the toilet. Many have lost their homes. Many businesses have folded; the rest aren't hiring. Churches are struggling. The 2012 summer jobs available for teenagers was the worst in many years.

Of course more can be said, but right now the issue is that people are suffering terribly, which can only indicate that this one's gotta go! And if we as voters aren't smart enough to see this and courageous enough to act on it, then we don't deserve the vote.

Howard F. Bryan Jr.,


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