These few words ‘Oh Say Can You See’ we learn from the time we are little children we sing them with pride because those words are about us the United States Of America. We take pride in calling ourselves ‘Americans’ we all hold our heads up a little bit higher when we say “I’m an American.” Yet many sit on the sidelines come election day. Being an American isn’t just about learning the national anthem it’s participating in the one thing we should hold dear to our hearts. Voting. Where is the pride in this privilege? We all have pride in the country we call home but where is that pride come any given election day? Where is the pride in casting your vote? Why do so many take so little pride in voting?
Oh I’ve heard all the excuses I care to hear over the years I don’t want to hear any more of them. We all want to take what this country has to offer to us, but we don’t want to take pride in how those things are given to us. We want to have all the freedoms this country has to offer, but we don’t want to participate in one of the most important freedoms this country gives us. Our right to Vote. Not just voting on a Federal level I’m talking about voting on the local level. The local election of your council, Mayor, school board, State Reps.
These small off year elections are as important if not more to our day to day lives,
yet we stay home and take no pride in the fact we are Americans. Many decide to let the few who do go out and vote make the decision for us. These few decide who they are going to send to Lansing and those who are voted into office decide how much they are going to take away from us or how much to give. The few decide who is going to sit on school boards those people, in turn, decide what they will or will not do for our children in those schools. Those who take no pride in voting let the few make the decision on who is going to run your City and how they are going to spend your tax dollars. Those words ‘OH SAY CAN YOU SEE’ yes can you see?
Maybe ‘I see’ because I lived seven years in a country where I saw rigged elections and what happens to a country when there is a rigged election. Maybe because I witnessed first hand how people suffered by these fictional elections. Maybe ‘I see’ because I lived in a country that it’s citizens didn’t have the same rights that we as Americans do. This might be the reason I take so much pride in our right to Vote. I don’t know if that’s the case what I do know is we shouldn’t have to go live outside of this country to understand all the wonderful things it has to offer us. As Americans, we have not only the right and the privilege to vote we have an obligation to do so.
If you’re not registered to Vote get registered if you registered to vote then do so in all the elections in this City. Council elections, election, for the Mayor, State rep, school board elections, City clerk. Each and every election held in our City take pride in the fact you can Vote.