Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Get out and vote

It's election day here in Newfoundland and Labrador. I've heard people say that they aren't going to bother to vote. If you tell me that you're not going to take the time to vote, expect a lecture. I'll tell you my old line--that people fought and died for our right to vote. Oh, I know the guy in the foxhole in WWII might not have been thinking of whether or not we could mark a X in 2007 but still.

It wasn't just back then either. People are fighting and dying now for the right that you may take for granted, the simple ability to be able to voice your opinion about who runs our government, or to have the right to voice any opinion at all. In Afghanistan our soldiers are dying so the Afghan people can have it. And what about Burma? People have been standing up and demonstrating, knowing that they may get beaten to death or mowed down in the street just for that right that you don't want to take the trouble to exercise because maybe you feel that all the politicians are the same or because you think your vote won't make much of a difference. They die or are beaten and/or jailed just for the hope that one day they could do what you don't want to bother doing.

It takes guts to do that, to stand firm in front of an army of soldiers who will kill you for expressing your opinions, to stand in front of a tank in Tienanmen Square just so you could one day have a voice about who is in power. It takes maybe a half an hour of your time to get out and vote. Now go do it.

End of lecture.


At 12:44 PM, Blogger Geoff Meeker said...

Bravo... very well said Tina!

At 7:18 AM, Blogger TrudyJ said...

Good post. My friend Carol at work put up bulletin board displays with lists of all the countries where people DON'T have the right to vote, and went around personally urging students to get out and vote. I think a few actually did who wouldn't have otherwise.

Of course I went out and voted, not that it made a difference.

At 9:30 AM, Blogger Tina Chaulk said...

Thanks for your comments, Geoff and Trudy. I know I guilted at least one person into voting. And anytime you get the opportunity to vote, it always makes a difference.


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