Plato said, “One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.” We are in countdown mode with less than two weeks before the election. Some of us have already cast our vote, either in person where we stood in long lines, or we sent our ballots in by mail. For those that may still be on the fence regarding if you are going to vote, I am telling you it is not an option. Too many people have fought, sacrificed, or even died for us to have the right to cast our vote. It is imperative that each one of us does our research about the candidates and the issues that are before us right now. If you are not sure, I am here to tell you your vote means everything.
I decided to take a personal look at how I view the importance of everyone’s vote, especially during this 2020 election.
V – is for letting your VOICE be heard. For your voice to count it is essential that you do your research and understand what is at stake and how your vote will affect how you (and others) will live for possibly generations to come. This goes for candidates and the various measures on the federal and local levels.
O – is for expressing your OPINION. To express your opinion, you must have one. Now is the time to be clear and understand what you believe and what are your core values. If you are not sure spend some time searching your core and go back to your basics. What is important to you? What are you willing to live or die for? This will help guide your heart and mind to make the decision you feel is best.
T – is for the TIME is now. We are literally running out of time. I think some of us fell asleep and have been on autopilot and we think that everything will work itself out. No. We must act now and do all that we can to help make a difference. If we do not like the way things are, it is up to us to make a difference. We must put our money, resources, time, and expertise to work right now. Have you done your best to make a difference for this election? If not, then pour yourself into whatever you can during these last few days before you look back and it is too late.
E – is for EQUALITY. It is sad that we are still fighting for equality for all Americans. As I look at the injustices in our society, it saddens me that a white man can walk down the street with a gun in his hand after killing someone, while an unarmed Black man (or woman) can be killed while sleeping in their own bed. It also saddens me that even still, some Americans do not see the inequality that persists today. Equality is also on the ballot if we want to achieve a better society.
No matter what your political affiliation, the time is now. You must let your voice be heard and express your opinion by casting your vote. America is crying out for equality and justice for all. Do not stand on the sidelines. George Jean Nathan shared, “Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.” We need everyone to show up and be heard. The future of our children and grandchildren depends on the choices we make today.