(NaBloPoMo 2014: Day 4)
As mid-term elections come to a close, I will join the slew of blog posts out there that talk about election. I was on the fence about posting about voting just because I feel that it’s stressed so much by everyone and everything that my post will get swept up and lost in the chaos.
And then I thought, so what if it does? There may be 100 people who will stumble across this post and will read it and then there may be no one. And whether or not everyone or no one will read my post, I felt the need to add my voice to cyberspace.
Growing up, politics intrigued me. I was fascinated by the cat-and-mouse game that seems to unfold in the leadership of our country, but also that the structure of our government seems to provide the best way for fairness and equality to prevail. I cannot see another system in place that does its best to ensure that people have a voice. That people have the opportunity to say what they need to when in comes to their way of life without getting their head chopped off.
And then I grew up. And then I listened to those who said our voices don’t matter, especially when you live on a rock in the middle of the sea. And then 2009 happened. It was the first time an African-American and a woman was running for the Presidential election. History, in the making. It was just to big to ignore. From there, I saw democracy in action. I saw, that even though I live in the rock in the middle of the sea, democracy does its best to ensure I have a voice and I needed to do all that I can to ensure democracy survives.
Too dramatic? Maybe. But, seriously, can you think of another system that does its best to keep fairness and equality amongst all its citizens? Is there any other system out there that does its best to ensure all its citizens are actually free people?
Don’t get me wrong, there are flaws in the system, but it tries its darndest to make sure everyone gets a chance. And the only way for democracy to work is to participate. To be a part of the voice that democracy tries so hard to make sure is heard.
Yes, Michael Moore is controversial person (everyone mentions this to me 😉 ), but this quote from him has a strong point. Democracy is a participatory event. Not a spectator sport.
I’ve voted in every election since 2009 and I am glad to have that right and this privilege.