The United States, though imperfect and seemingly growing more divided by the day, is the realization of humanity’s greatest experiment. Collectively, we are nearly 330 million people, nearly all of us, at most, a few generations removed from immigration to this country. Though we have many different cultures, and wildly differing opinions on what we want our country to be, we are bound together by the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness promised in our founding documents.
I view the act of voting as both a responsibility that should never be ignored and a privilege that should never be taken for granted. Democracy survives only when ordinary citizens are active participants in the process of electing their leaders and, just as important, holding them accountable for the vote they were given.
I vote because I know the only way we can continue the great experiment that is Democracy is to give it life and make sure it is renewed with every election. I vote because I believe my vote and my voice are the least I can offer to my fellow citizens to ensure that each and every one of us is always free to pursue happiness, however suits us personally. But mostly, I vote because I know decisions are made by the people who show up, and I don’t want the future to be decided without my input.
“At the bottom of all the tributes paid to democracy is the little man, walking into the little booth, with a little pencil, making a little cross on a little bit of paper—no amount of rhetoric or voluminous discussion can possibly diminish the overwhelming importance of that point.” - Winston Churchill, 31 October 1944.