Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Voting: priviledge or burden?

I arrived at the polls this morning at 7:04, and the line was backed out the door with young professionals and retirees. I waited until I couldn't wait anymore and had to step out of line and head to work. After I finished at work, I picked up my child and headed back to the polls. This time I stood in line and successfully voted. I explained to Sarah that today was a very special day, a day for helping to choose our country's next leader. Of course, at age 3, she won't grasp the meaning of an election day for a long time, but I think it's good practice to educate our next little generation of Americans that voting is something they should feel is as much a duty as it is a right and a priviledge. My husband, on the other hand, seems as if he could care less. I've known him for 12 years and not once during that time has he cast a vote for anything or anybody. Yet his father served as an Air Force pilot in three U.S. conflicts before he retired as a Lt. Colonel. Every time I encourage him to go, he expresses indifference and everytime I'm met with his indifference, I am dumbfounded. Today I heard a man say he had driven 60 miles to vote. He had just moved to another city but came back to vote. Another lady was pushing a super stroller with three babies (triplets)! The election officials at the polls said there had been record turnout today, all day long. Yet there are still many in this country who seem to not care at all. Or at least they don't care enough to take action. Can someone out there explain this to me?
I think we have a responsibilty to keep up with what happens around us, to care about the consequences of our nations activities and our leader's choices. We have a responsibility to voice our own opinion about how we think and feel about the political atmosphere around us and voting is the number one way to do that. It's sometimes the only way to truly get through.
But that's just my opinion. Shout out. Tell me what you think.

1 comment:

rookie bebe said...

My husband did a complete turnaround after we got married. He never voted and his family never encouraged or educated him on it. I come from a family that has always paid attention to politics and keeps up with who's running, from local to national.

He's way more into it than I am now. I've never seen anyone more proud to vote than him.