The right to vote is one of the many rights we Americans have as citizens. It is this right that we are able to shape who we are, what we do and how we do it. We hear complaints about big money, lobbyists and campaign expenses in every election. I believe if every eligible voter decided to cast a vote for the person best suited to fulfill that voter’s ideas, then big money and lobbyists would mean nothing. By not voting, you allow others to determine things such as taxes, how your taxes are spent, new laws and so on. I vote with two priorities: One: veterans, their families and the issues that affect them. Two: maintaining a strong Postal Service, from which I retired. I look to other issues as well, but the candidate must share the values I hold on the “top two.”
There are two types of democracies in the world. Direct, where the citizens directly deliberate and vote on legislation, and representative (the United States being one), where the people elect representatives (here, it is the House and Senate) to write and vote on laws. More than half the countries in the world are some form of democracy. Which leaves a little less than half the world’s population unable to self-govern. Where would you rather live?