Thursday, September 29, 2011

Voting Is a Right, Duty, and Privilege

America is on the heels of another big election year. That past four years have flown by, but not quite the way most Americans had hoped it would. With that said, I hope more people will go out and exercise their right to vote in the upcoming year. Especially women of color.

We need to take a more active role in politics. Although we live in a "free" country, the laws that are in place are a constant reminder that we don't always have total control. The issue with not participating is what happens when you don't. At best you'll have a representative who supports and follows through with some of the issues. At worst you'll have a representative who is not only misleading the masses, but is also on a destructive warpath to annihilating everything we have worked for. I refuse to let this happen. I don't want someone in office who knows or cares nothing about the issues that affect me as an economically disadvantaged black woman and manipulatively misconstrues the modicum of information they think they know about me. We need someone in office who will actually make a valiant effort to fight for our rights. We need someone who looks like us and thinks like us.

Although we may not have many freedoms, one of the beautiful things about being an American citizen is that we can actively participate in our government. So please take advantage of this! As Plato said it best,"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”

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