Yeah I know, this might be a touchy subject for some…I get it. In this day and age it is hard to believe that your vote might actually count -or be counted- in this political environment. And can your vote actually effect a change in anything is a question that many ask…rightfully so. And honestly, there have been times when I have not voted for any number of reasons including plain old laziness. But I think these times, this time, this election is somewhat different in many ways. I will vote.
And yes, I am asking you to vote also. Well, if you are eligible anyways.
So here is why…
Our Declaration of Independence is our founding document, our justification for revolution against tyranny, our proclamation that we would not stand for oppression, our statement of values to begin the formation of a new nation. In the Declaration of Independence Thomas Jefferson wrote…
“Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed.”
The consent being our vote…without our consent the government was not supposed to have any power whatsoever. And yes, that has gotten out of control…or rather, the government has gotten out of control. Our consent is needed now more than ever to reign in the out of control government and the out of control elites that now run the government.
Samuel Adams also laid it out clearly…
“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote…that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.”
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints said it well as they encouraged members to vote…
“Citizens of the United States have the privilege and duty of electing office holders and influencing public policy. Participation in the political process affects their communities and nation today and in the future. We urge Latter-day Saints to be active citizens by registering, exercising their right to vote, and engaging in civic affairs.”
Over the years my view on voting has evolved from one of causal luxury to absolute necessity. I view that if I am to speak about the problems with our government and our elected representatives then I must do my duty, all of my Constitutional obligation, to be part of solutions. I see apathy and withdrawal as me being part of the problem and not contributing to the solutions.
Now, should my vote not be counted or otherwise corrupted…that is not my fault, someone else will bear that criminal burden and answer for it eventually. But I know, and my God knows, when I cast my vote I tried to do my part the best I could. And it is God whom I wish and strive to please. For God established this land for His purposes and I believe He wishes it to be so still…that dictates my desire, my obligation, my sacred duty to do my part, to cast my vote tomorrow.
Please consider the need for you to vote tomorrow.
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