Appreciate your right to vote

Madeleine Albanes/Contributing Writer

Let’s jump into a time warp back to the 1900’s, back to where the power to vote was silenced to women, African Americans, white men who didn’t own property and the restriction of young individuals to vote.

Where those who were excluded from voting could not fight back Congress with simply choosing who they support just because this amendment had not been in full effect, “right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”

That’s right, the 15th amendment of the Constitution, remember the war, the slavery and bloodshed that was put into this amendment just so someone like you, doesn’t have to worry about claiming your rights to vote.

We have the opportunity to turn our once silenced voices into a silenced vote and secretly feel like we just shut up that one member of congress that you don’t like by voting for that one member of congress that you support.

Now, that we took a trip into the past, let’s focus on the present and why you should appreciate your vote now. 

It appears to me that many people fear they cannot trust Hillary Clinton because she is portrayed as a criminal, but let’s remember she is innocent until proven guilty and has informed us citizens she has made a mistake and regrets her actions.

On the other hand, if we deflect the focus on Donald Trump, he isn’t perfect either, while being accused of molesting women and not paying his taxes, you will always find fault in a human being but don’t let those faults keep you from making a difference with your vote on Nov. 8.

A suggestion to you, would be to research the candidates and begin to find what will benefit you and your family with each subject they want to work on to change or make better in America, don’t be that person that complains they hate the president when you didn’t even use your right to vote for one. Let’s put away pride and party affiliations or who is right and who is wrong. Lets make the right choice and make the right vote that will count.

Let’s appreciate what this amendment has done for us. Imagine being someone who didn’t have the right to cast their vote? Wouldn’t you want to protest and make picket signs?

With this amendment, be encouraged to vote, be encouraged to know that as a citizen of this country whether you’re voting or not, you have a duty and that duty depends on your shoulders to vote.

 

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