Voting Is Civic Duty, Earns Right To Criticize Elected Officials


The political season is coming to a close in a week.

In just a few short days, we will have a new United States president and other elected officials will be able to begin or continue their assigned tasks in the roles they have been selected to fill.

It’s an exciting time, yet I still don’t know who I am going to vote for.

Of course I am leaning one way more than the other in almost every race, but I think my final decision will come down to the point when I have my ballot in my hand, especially in the presidential race.

I consider myself to be a novice political junkie.

The entire process greatly intrigues me, but I readily admit certain parts of the ordeal don’t make sense to me, which I attribute to my novice status.

Even so, I have yet to grow tired of the back and forth playing out between the two presidential candidates.

I love every joke made at the expense of the people hoping to lead our country, and I enjoy trying to decide for myself which candidate is lying less and actually has a plan to better our part of the world.

More locally, both Harvey County and McPherson County, write-in campaigns could change how anyone thought election night would unfold as write-votes could slow the vote-tabulation process, possibly delaying the announcement of winners.

It will be interesting to see if a write-in campaign works.

If it does, I will announce my write-in campaign on St. Patrick’s Day 2009.

Regardless of whom you think you might vote for, go vote, and urge your friends, family and neighbors to do the same.

It is our civic duty.

Don’t squander the rights of democracy that were so bravely fought for by our forefathers and which are maintained in no small part due to the patriotic men and women serving in our country’s armed forces.

Besides, if you don’t vote you aren’t allowed to complain about the government.

By failing to cast a ballot, you forfeit your right to criticize those politicians elected to serve you.

It is for that very reason that I vote in elections. I would be bored if I couldn’t opine about a president who can’t speak or a vice president who shoots his friends instead of the birds they were hunting.

I’ll see you at the polls.

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