I've heard so many people say this year, "I'm not voting, there is nobody running that I care to vote for." What a mistake! If you choose not to vote in November, you give up the right to vote for anyone that is running in the many city and county races; in effect, you don't get to help decide who is Mayor, Council members, Board of Supervisors, Recorder, Assessor - and I could go on. As far as voting for President, my advice is to check out the legislative and community service records of the candidates and vote for the one who is best suited to serve the people of the United States - for me, that's Hillary - but's that me!
Then there is the next good reason to vote and that is our servicemen and women. I have a son who is currently serving in Iraq and for his sake alone, I will vote! If you know of a veteran who gave up his or her nice comfortable life to serve us, to go in harm's way at the direction of the President; you need to vote! Do you know a family whose serviceman or servicewoman has given their life for their country? Then you need to vote!
Do you have a family? What lessons of civic service are you teaching your children if you don't vote? Take a minute, think about what this country will be if they aren't taught to vote. It is not a right to vote, it is as an American, an obligation that has been given to us to fulfill through the pain of the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the World Wars, Korea, Vietnam and Iraq. And the next one. Voting is not a right, IT IS AN OBLIGATION!
Many people say they vote because they want the right to complain about those who are elected, and that is valid; except we might want to vote to help applaud those decisions. I understand that we as a Nation have changed. We are no longer a gentle nation; we are fast evolving into a nation of hate, of murder in the streets, of pronounced division of races and classes. And the social graces and behavior in America are dwindling fast. The America we have lived in and dreamed of is fast fading away; the place to save it is in the voting booth. Be a part of the solution, not part of the problem; and if you don't like who wins, then vote them out at the first opportunity. But VOTE. Voting is the lifeblood of the nation.