Hello, loves, Happy Tuesday! I apologize for not posting yesterday – I got some really exciting news regarding what I’ll be doing this summer, and that, combined with midterm season, means that I’m a busy bee these days. However, although my schedule is packed, I’ll still be heading to the voting booths this fall (November 6, to be exact) to exercise my right to vote. Below are a few reasons why I believe I’m morally obligated to cast my ballot – let me know your opinions down below and, regardless of your political views, I hope you’ll get out and vote this year!
1. People have fought and died for my right to vote
The USA was literally founded on the idea that the people should have a say in how their government is run. Women suffragettes were jailed and tortured when they demanded to be treated as equals. Minority groups were beaten and murdered when they attempted to enter the voting booths. I have a duty to honor their sacrifice and ensure that future generations have the same opportunity to express their opinions.
2. My voice needs to be heard
As a young American who’s lived through everything from 9/11 to the Obama administration to Donald Trump, I’ve witnessed an unprecedented whirlwind of events. Right now, we are at a crossroads, and what happens in this election will end up in the history books. The issues that I care about, such as feminism, the environment, education, etc., need to be addressed, and by exercising my right to vote, I can express my beliefs within a democratic system.
3. To change the world
Plato once said that, “The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men”. If I don’t vote, then I have zero right to complain about the outcome of elections, because I had the power to potentially change things, and I didn’t. Candidates would not spend millions of dollars on campaigns and advertisements if citizens’ opinions didn’t matter. So, I vote to show my patriotism – because by voting for political leaders, I’m also deciding my country’s future.