That’s one of President Obama’s favorite sayings. I’m fired up, cos I heard on tv last night the percentage of Americans who voted in this very crucial election. It’s a sad state of affairs to say that the number was 46%. Less than half of our citizens chose to go have a say in the election of our next leader. There are people in countries around the world who would love to have a say in the running of their government. Our government gives us that right and less than half of us chose to take advantage of it. If you didn’t exercise your right to vote, whichever candidate you favored, you should think about how much you care about your own future, cos it is that important.
I’m just a little old lady who is fired up cos so many of our citizens didn’t choose to vote for their own futures, and mine.
So if you didn’t vote….. Didn’t have time? What could have been more important at such a time. Had to work? Most people do, but get there anyway, before or after. Didn’t have a ride? Many people walked, at quite a distance, since they knew it was so important. And people all over the country were offering to take voters to the polls, if they didn’t have a friend or relative who could take them. Didn’t feel like standing in the line? People who knew this was the most important thing they could do today were willing to stand in line, for hours, if necessary. Didn’t like either candidate? Well you were going to get one of them, like it or not. Thought your vote didn’t matter? President Obama was elected by as little as 2 votes in some precincts in 2012. I bet there are more reasons, but looking back, I hope you have decided that your reasons weren’t really good ones.
The picture above isn’t a picture that I took; I got it from the White House twitter page. It represents the freedoms we have in our country as much as our flag does. We get to choose who rules in the White House, and who joins the leaders of the world in making decisions that affect the whole world. That person also decides, with the legislature, everyday things that are so important in all of our lives.
Your future was in your hands. So, if you didn’t vote, I’m a little old lady who’s here to say: shame on you.