By Gabrielle Drew
Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. –George Jean Nathan
Politicians; what do people think of when they see that word? Lawmakers in Washington D.C perhaps. The ones that make the big decisions that ultimately affect this country. These decisions can be bad or good.
But you have the power to decide if these decisions they make are positive or negative. How? By voting! Many people sit around and complain about this new tax that is going to come into effect or what the President said in a recent speech. I can not sympathize for them when they continue to grumble on and on, when they did not vote for a new Senator, Congressman or President! The only way to change what is going on in D.C is to pay attention to the news and get out and get involved, whether it be on a local level or a federal level!
One of the worst excuses is: “My vote doesn’t count.” Well, you are wrong! Your vote DOES count and your one vote can mean a certain candidate will win the election, or the ballot you didn’t cast can mean your choice candidate will lose! Voting is also an obligation to a US citizen. We are lucky to live in such a great country, where we have the freedom to vote for who runs this country. Not too many countries can say that, so take advantage of this right of yours and get out and vote!
Making the Choice
How do you decide? It’s about learning who is running for President, whether your choice is a Republican, Democrat or an Independent candidate. So far these are the people in the GOP running for President:
Jon Huntsman Jr.
Now some people are not satisfied with this list because none of their “favorite” candidates are running. I can not emphasize how much I disagree with people that say; “Oh I don’t like so and so because… and I don’t like him because…” Here is the bottom line: No one is going to be perfect. Each candidate will have their positive and negative qualities and we can not waste time being particular and fussy over why we don’t like any of the candidates. I am not saying to throw each of the candidates name into a hat, and close your eyes and pick one. I am by no means saying that. We should all do our research on each candidate and see what they stand for and what they promise to do for this country if they get elected.
With the 2012 elections approaching fast, we can not afford to be picky! Our main goal is to elect a better leader in 2012, one that will fix America’s economy and restore this nation to it’s principles that the founding fathers laid down for us!