Through every daily experience, through every struggle or hardship, through every success story in a person’s life, it is easy to say that each individual has a different view on how things should be ran. For example, rules and regulations that positively effect a certain segment of people can potentially have the exact opposite effect on others. In every circumstance or decision that must be made, there is always going to be a winning side and a losing side.
SO WHY ARE MOST AMERICANS NOT EVEN PICKING A SIDE?
In the 2014 election held in the United States, an approximated 44% of registered voters participated in their right to vote. In other words, less than half of the registered population cares about what happens to their government, or cares about who represents their state. This unattractive statistic is something we must focus on increasing. Yes, the percentages typically take a 10-15% increase in presidential elections, but why is America not caring about the little things that can affect them heavily?
The right to vote is something that has been achieved through centuries of tribulation and war. George Washington had a vision of decolonization, allowing the United States to become a country that is independent. He believed that every country should have the right to govern themselves, meaning having a government regulated by the people. Abraham Lincoln took it to the next level, fighting to give absolutely everyone a say in what happens to their government. Today, people of all races, and all genders now share the inevitable right of freedom, and can express their thoughts and wants through a simple ballot.
Again, WHY ARE AMERICANS NOT VOTING?
It is disrespectful to those who suffered to give us these rights to not express them. The freedoms that we have as American citizens are freedoms that we all need to value. There are many countries throughout the world who have zero say in what happens in their respective government. From Communism to Activism, most people around the world DO NOT have the option to express their thoughts and opinions on what can or cannot be allowed in their country.
There is no greater way to express your opinion by going out and voting. If you vote, you will have the luxury of knowing that you had an impact on the government, whether your selection was passed or not. If you do not vote, then do not complain about what happens to the government as a result, being that you left your rights in your bed before you woke up this morning!
Having the right to vote is something we need to value more, which is apparent with the election statistics. Americans just need to remember this basic statement: “The louder you speak, the more likely your voices will be heard!”