Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wake up and go vote
Next week is voting time and a time of urgency for us all. It is very important for all of us to get to the voting polls and cast that all-important vote. One thing I hate is apathy – a no-care attitude. We should all care about who gets elected, as it very definitely affects all our lives.
Did you know that when we founded our beloved country 232 years ago everybody eligible voted? There was no apathy then! Voting is imperative to our wellbeing, because whoever gets voted into office has the great responsibility of our government in his hands.
In 1870 black males and some Confederates could vote but women had to wait 51 years later in 1918. Indians didn’t get to vote until later. Indians were the last group to get the voting right and it wasn’t until 1924.
Sometimes people don’t vote and then complain about people in office.
However, do be selective about whom you put into office. Do you really want that candidate in charge of your money? Or making your decisions for you? Some people would make good public officials and some wouldn’t. One of the shocks of my life is that people don’t change. If they are good when they are children, they are good adults. If they are bad as children, they are bad adults. People don’t change anymore than a leopard changes his spots.
Be careful whom you give our public trust to. Make sure that they are capable of being a responsible human being. If a person pretends to be good but has a dark side he doesn’t tell you about, he isn’t even true to himself and he doesn’t deserve the office, so don’t vote for him. Make sure that person you vote into office is of good moral character so we can trust him. When I first voted poll tax receipts were still required. You registered, paid your $2 and couldn’t vote without a poll tax receipt. This was in 1964.
Then there are people who are so dumb that they sell their vote. This is pitiful. Beware of anyone who has to pay you to vote for him. He wouldn’t make a good official if he has to bribe you by paying you. He isn’t that good.
A candidate with an education can usually do a better job than one who is uneducated. It helps to be smart if you are a candidate. Is the candidate capable of doing the job?
Voting goes back to a democratic form of government. In countries with a different form of government than ours, the people aren’t free to vote as we are. Then there is a dictatorship where you don’t vote at all; a ruler makes all the decisions and has to answer to no one and that is not good. You wouldn’t like that. It is your constitutional right to vote. Express it!
That is why it is so wonderful to live in this wonderful, free land where we can have a choice of candidates by expressing our votes. Be wise in your selection. It is good to have a public showing of the candidates so you can make your own decision about whether you want to have them represent you.
It would be nice to have a candidate of whom you can be proud as your representative, but a glib tongue isn’t exactly a good judging point. Vote for the persons who have Christian character.
You are a privileged citizen who is expected to vote because it is your God-given right (I hope you won’t think I’m name dropping if I mention God!) Apathy might be a thing of the past because of the interest in the presidential election this year. However, I read in the newspaper Sunday that Mississippi has more registered voters than it does citizens so the pendulum has swung all the way over.
It is our duty to vote. We, as responsible citizens, are expected to vote. There are exceptions. Criminals lose their right to vote. Imbeciles aren’t allowed to vote. In some countries such as Costa Rica and Uruguay, if you don’t vote you can be imprisoned or fined heavily or both.
The United States will be a republic only as long as the people can vote freely for candidates they think will govern best.
Thank your lucky stars that we live in Mississippi, USA, the land of the free and the brave. Be brave. Go vote! But don’t vote but once; it’s a crime if you do.
Marshall County Historical Museum, 111 Van Dorn Ave., Holly Springs, MS 662-252-3669; Marshallcomuseum@bellsouth.com.
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