Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.- Andre Gide
Justine Pezet said...When it comes to voting I stand as a student, and a citizen of our community that will be a part of defining our future. The people who don't want to vote are also people of our community, who should have a saying in the way they want our country to be ruled, and yet they leave it to other people to decide so then they can be the first people to complain if something doesn't go their way. These kind of people complain against corruption, war and taxes and they believe that even if they vote nothing will change. Every decision we make involves politics, for example not watching the news to know what is going on with the war overseas, learning about our candidates and paying taxes on that new Iphone, even when deciding not to vote you are being a part of politics. Very courageous people fought in this country to have freedom, a government and democracy. They stated that the government is for the people by the people, but the people got to comfortable letting other people do the work for us, so it is our responsibility to make the government work for us again. Justine Pezet
“It's obvious that each candidate offers different versions of America. If you don't see it you're blind.” I wanted to elaborate on this specific quote from the post, because I feel one of the main problems of this country is that a good majority of the people is “blind” to what is gong on. This country as a society is headed into a dark age where people are more interested in what happens on “The voice” then what is being said at the Presidential debates. The amount of people that do not know/do not care is growing exponentially. Interest groups seem to hold the power in this country but the power is still held by the people, we still can fight. But we still need to show up in November and vote. But if the majority of people are not concerned anymore about the “details” of what goes on then, their voice and decisions becomes less effect. They base their decisions on what they hear at the “water cooler” or “in class.” But it could be that the information they are getting is bias or untrue, and these people could be voting for something that they don’t even like. The problem that we face as a nation is the lack of interest a lot of people have towards what decisions our leaders are planning to make, until it negatively affects them directly in the future. Felipe Juncadella
Voting is one of the most valuable rights a person can have. This right is to have to ability to have your voice heard on the issues that are at hand. Votes are made every single day whether it is in politics or any other area that requires the voices of many to come together and make a decision. Personally I know someone who refuses to vote if there is not a candidate that holds each and every value she has. This same person feels the need to complain after voting takes place and a candidate takes office. It is frustrating to hear people not place any kind of importance on having their voice heard. Maybe it’s just me but the most puzzling and baffling thing to hear someone say if I ask them if they are going to vote is “ If I have time” or there is the other famous answer I have heard which is “It depends on what I have going on that day”. We have a duty as citizens to stand for what we feel is right. To stay silent is detrimental to the process of preserving our rights. Our voices must be heard.
Political participation is the centerpiece on which democracy is built. At the national stage there are many people who will not vote, simply using the invalid excuse of "i dont like either candidate", it is an intriguing find, that most of those who will not vote in the national election, did not vote in the primaries. It is imperative that people participate in all of the sublevels of the national election because it is very difficult to agree with either candidate on every single issue, whether it be social issues, healthcare, taxes, etc, it is at these sublevels, where one may find a candidate that is to their liking and can agree on most issues. While both candidates will attempt to appeal to the sea of moderate individuals, the voter must do their research in order to make a well informed choice. While some voters claim that "one vote doesnt matter", it is important to realize that political participation at the smallest local levels allow you to truly make a difference, where on out of 400 total votes will make a difference. In either case, voting is the foundation of democracy, and the choice method of accomplishing real change. Linda Baez
Thought the years many people have fought for the right to vote, now we can do it no matter if we are a woman or form another country we are the only ones that can make our future better. All the people that are citizens should vote because even 100 votes can make the difference choosing a candidate. Voting is the most important decision that every citizen has to do, because it means what type of life we are going to have for the next four or even eight years, also in order to make a decision we have to learn about the candidates know their goals read about their life, watch the debate and then make decision it doesn’t matter what party you choose to vote, what it matter is that on November you go and vote for the candidate that you think is going to be the right president.Cindy Castro
Lorena Paniagua It is true that many people are registered to vote, but when it comes to an actual election less than registered voters actually vote. As we are in a presidential month I have heard many people stating that they will not vote due to they do not like either president, but I think it is the opposite they really don’t like the president but other than they do not understand or know what that president is offering. I for one at the beginning was saying that I was not going to vote but I have changed my mind because at the end of the day either president will become president whether you like it or not. I think it is best to vote even if nether president is your favorite but you can change how America is being handled by voting and stating your opinion. Also, a president cannot in a short about of time it is a process that has to be made, so don’t expect big things.
Dexter Peralta It is sad to see this disinterest in voting that has plagued our nation. Most people care more about what’s going on in sports or in Hollywood than they do about the future of our country. That being said since there are so many uniformed registered voters that would vote for a candidate just on how he acts or how well he speaks, I would rather have people not vote than have people who vote for whoever is being endorsed by celebrities. People don’t take the time to look at the other candidate to see what he is proposing or they don’t look at the record of a candidate and decide whether it’s a good one or a bad one. If people aren’t informed or don’t vote then they might not like the end result and are the first to complain when the country is suddenly in a rut. There are two candidates and those of us who are going out to vote need to make a good choice as to who it’s going to be the president for the next four years. Both candidates offer two distinct plans and we choose whether we stick with plan of the last four years or we choose a plan that might move us and eventually the world out of this economic crisis. Let’s remember that our choices make a big difference, just look at Europe they chose to borrow and spend and now they are no longer the model that everyone thought would prevail. Greece is in the toilet and Spain, Italy and Portugal are not too far behind and are depending on Germany. It is our responsibility to vote for the good of the nation, and not on small meaningless pet projects. Dexter Peralta
The time has come to voice your choice. Make sure you choose who you want your new electoral candidates to be. Many people abuse the opportunity to vote because they refuse to stand in the line, they have other plans, or they don't feel like moving. I truly believe those individuals don't care about politics, or have little to no knowledge about politics. When the results are revealed, and a person you didn't want to get in office wins, you hear a plethora amount of people complaining. It's sad to say that the main people complaining didn't attempt to vote. If you ask me, every female eighteen and over who has the right to vote should. Back in the days, only men had the privilege to vote. A law had to be passed to give women there right to vote. Voting plays a key role in our lives. Who you vote for result in the success or failure of the country.-Rochelle Brown
Good evening my fellow Americans your future President Mitt Romney typing, I just wanted to tell you middle class Americans to vote me into office, I plan on lowing taxes on the rich because they pay more taxes than any American. I plan on raising taxes on low income americans to help better balance our economy. I want to be able to fix our health care system by eliminating Obama care and medicare. Insurance should be for those who can afford it. Social security needs to become better by eliminating it. I am not going to destroy education but nobody should be entitled to it. No more student loans will fix our economy. Vote for me this election and I promise that I will fix your economic problem by giving you better options to join the military. We need to disarm Iran, those people are causing terrorism against my business partners. I also want to help our economy but putting more government spending on the military. I don't think we need to spend our vote on Osama, I mean Nobama. Women I will put you in a special folder where you deserve to be. Vote for me this election and you America will not regret it.
I have never been interested into politics. I have never registered to vote just because I felt like I didn’t have enough knowledge of both parties to be able to vote. I didn’t want to go with what those around me were pushing me to vote for. I haven’t even watched any of the debates, but I have read into articles on them and it made me think more about politics. It was never anything personal to either party, but now that I have seen and learned more about each, it has pushed me to want to vote. I personally do not like the way that Romney treats President Obama and most of people of this country thus far. They both have ideas that people don’t agree with or find moral, but I believe that those are the things that should be given least importance. I believe that Obama is the better candidate, and that his plans are better for this nation. Yes, it has taken time, but it is all a process to me and I don’t believe that we should change the whole dynamic of the politics with Romney’s ideas. This is all based on that current knowledge that I have. I do believe that people need to get educated, especially if the ability to vote, which is why I am considering voting. -Karly Sandoval
Making the decision not to vote is practically the most counterproductive thing an individual can choose to do (or not choose, which is it?). By not voting, you are only harming yourself. You are relinquishing your right to have a say in the way this country is run, and you are only adding to the decrease in political efficacy in this country. Apathy is contagious, and is the last thing we need to add to this country, especially now that our economy is in such a sad state. Although you may not agree with the choices you are presented with (Romney, Obama, or third party), it is still in your best interest to make an informed decision. Not to mention that the same people who refuse to vote are those who complain about the government later. The whole purpose of democracy is to have citizen participation. If nobody participates, is it really a democracy?
"When you don't choose you choose.", There is simply no better way of putting it. Change, as it is defined, "The act or instance of making or becoming different", indeed implies that any type of act or instance may make something different. Not voting just makes you responsible for not fighting for what you want. Yes, there is quite a lot of diversity within both current parties, and no it is not a must to agree fully with any of them, but, as citizens of a democracy, every eligible voter decides to or not to demand what they need depending on their voting turnout. The best way of thinking about it, to me, is to explicitly look for ideals in parties that suit one and one's particular community. If a decision seems hard to make because of the diversity of ideals, then it must be directly inclined to how it could affect one personally in the future. Like every single thing, it takes time. Change takes time, effort and at least the slightest dedication of time to learn about what does donkey and the elephant offer and what could eventually benefit us as individuals and as a community. - Ana F. Nava
I believe that voting is important because we have to use and practice this right that was earned by our great great grandfathers. I think it is in a way immature to choose not to vote because all of us chose to talk but not to put our thoughts on the ballot by electing officials that at least head the direction with their goals that you see as more important than others. The statemen that one might make is "all politicians steal and are the same and I don't care who wins" is all lies. Because if the candidate that you liked less wins, one starts spreading lies and such misleading information that the wrong candidate was elected and such information, while the same one didn't even vote. I strongly believe that all folks and especially young ones should be voting and practicing this great right that we have. Some counties in the world wish that they would have a privillage to vote while we opt not to do so. It is truly ashame when people chose not to vote. While one might not believe in anyone and that can anyone could make a change, maybe that person should be the one going for to make a change. Everyone can run for any office and can be the one to start making a change. So if you think that all politicians are the same way horrible, then to and be that change !
In our society voting is considered a responsibility as much as a right. However, if you feel neither candidate can do the job you will approve of, you are within your rights to NOT choose one. The problem is that in this country there is no such an option. (For example, in my homeland when you attend an election there is a column in the ballot for “against everyone”). Once you check this box it protects your voice from being used by ones in power for fabricating voting results in favor of particular political party. But if you choose not to participate in the election process whatsoever your ballot can be easily used by department that collects the results and the choice will be made for you). At the same time random voting (kind of vote you just do because you think you have to) could be far worse than not voting at all. So it would be a good option for someone unsure, uninformed or just undecided to be able at least to pick the looser, if you can’t have your mind set on who should be the winner. Overall there are plenty important reasons to vote. Currently only about 50 % of people who register to vote actually do so. When more of us start to vote our politicians will begin to understand we are not children. We have more power then they know we are, but only if we vote. I’m in a group of people who got the last rights to vote in this country, and there are many women who fought for me to have that right. Wouldn’t it be kind of disrespectful not to vote?Marina Varivoda
As a student I can honestly say that voting has never really caught my attention but I do believe that voting should be done. There is a great variety of people who do not vote for a specific reasons and what not. Some for instance don’t vote because they don’t like what each political party would have to offer, which is rather silly depending on their choice because choosing not to choose is to choose as mention in the blog. From experience some of the people that I’ve encountered (the ones that usually don’t vote) are usually the ones that complain the most of the issues that are at hand, and wonder why those issues are being handle in such that way. I find silly that they complain because who knows perhaps their vote would have made a difference. Voting is something that we should be thankful for having because it’s one of the ways that gives us the ability for our voices to be heard but sadly some people don’t really take advantage of that. Choices can make a big difference on whatever we choose to care for as individuals.Cristian Canales
I choose not to vote because i really dont care about politics. At the end of the day the president is not going to do anything for me. I still have to do the same thing everday i still have to go to work to make my money, and still go to school for my education. Honestly the only thing i like about politics are the scandals that occur, and the conspiracy theories behind the government. I am not registered to vote, and honestly i dont see myself voting anytime soonRodolfo Saborio
Mariana Racovita Why voting and voting nowI agree with the fact that we all should vote. Yes maybe in this election we do not have the best candidates, but still one is a bit better than the other, depends on your perspective. Out of so many issues that the country has, I am sure that there is something that connects with your needs or requirements. Somehow you relate in this issues: as a mother, parent, citizen, student, teacher, retired person. Maybe you lost your interest to vote just because lately we have been discouraged, but leave the past behind and let’s move forward. Why do we wait/expect for the country to make changes for us when we do not even want to vote, when we do not even care anymore. If you do not vote you have no right to complain about the next president or political party. Let’s get out of the comfort zone, let’s be positive and supportive for a new and better change. At least one thing we can do for the country and that will be to vote.
This is in reference to Asia's Grave, the social issues that we face everyday in our society. When we commit on social issues and our place in this society, we find ourselves questioning; what is our ethical responsibility to the world. Some say money is power and for that ethics has lost its value and our responsibilty. We have issues in the United States that are dificult to fix, on the other hand, we have able American citizens that take their jobs over seas in order to exploid the less fortunate. We probably would agree that all people under the age of eighteen are minors and need a parent consent to do certain task. But when we visit philosophy, it states that we behave the way we were raised. For example, if a child was brought up behaving in a certain way, that child is most likely to follow and do things that they were trained to do. It's like the person that grew up in a well rounded family, educated, respected, popular, and financially independent will most likely become educated, respected, and so on. Yes, I will agree that we have a responsibility to do our part to solve these unethical behaviors that goes on in our backyard, but it starts with the head, if we take no interest in their offering, their offering of human sacrifices will be ineffective.Wilfred Ostanne
Voting is one of the greatest freedom a society has and how it is utilize makes all the difference in the world. However, lately it seems that before the actual election, the president is already elected. If voting is a previlege to choose the right person to do the job, then my view might conceived as irrogant or radicule. Because some of the things that affect most of the people become the least concern once the election is over. When candidates need a vote, they make all sorts of promises, and once they enter their post, they act as if they are victims of alzheimers. I personally love the freedom that we share as a society and a free nation but too many times we have been misled by unethical politicians that are hungry for office only to meet the needs of the lobbyist that help fund their campaign, not the citizens who voted for them.Wilfred Ostanne
Kelly EscobarAs a young American student I have two major concerns with the current policy of our country:1. Support for young students to achieve their goals, currently the budget to help low income youth and student loans have had in recent years a marked reduction and yet the student debt has increased greatly. The candidates always promise the same things and when they achieve the presidency forget what they promised, and engaged to return favors to their supporters, forgetting who are the future of this great country.2. Transparency in elections is a bit confusing, the candidates attack each other. On the Internet and all the social networks, we see and hear every day more things that confuse us and make us forget the true intentions of each candidate or political party they represent. There are interests which are not very clear to us the young people, that the only thing we want is live in this great country where freedom, economic and social development have been what made it a world power.For these reasons I think we should exercise our right to choose who we think is more qualified to lead this great nation.
When you don’t choose, you choose!Personally, I think that both candidates have good and bad proposals. But I agree 100% on what you are saying that instead of looking at the candidates, we should be focusing more on making the difference. Daily, I deal with people that say that they are not going to vote because it is pointless. They also say: why should we waste our time if no matter what we say things are going to remain the same or become even worst. But, as soon as a candidate is elected, the same people that did not vote are the ones arguing and complaining why that person was elected. They are also the ones complaining about our government and how corrupted it is. But, did they take the time to make the difference? Did they at least try to do something for their country? The answer to this question is obvious and what we need to do for a change to happen is obvious too. The answer to all these questions is in our face. We, the people, are the ones that build our own future and make of it a better way of living. If we want a change to happen, we must vote!Jennifer Claussen
Today’s society is more wrapped around what is going on in our TV reality shows rather than what is currently going on in our own country. It’s sad to say that some of us citizens will not vote come election time. Voting is one of the most important rights any citizen can have and it allows us as an individual to be able to voice their opinions. I just can’t possibly understand that some people won’t come around to vote. Our ancestors fought for a change so that everyone can be treated equally and to have the right to voice their opinion. Unfortunately, that is not top priority in today’s society and I feel it is really immature that citizens will choose not to vote for whatever reason. However, I’m pretty sure they verbally voiced their perspective on this issue, but can’t see how their one vote can possibly help make a difference. I, for one was extremely excited to say that this will be my first election that I can personally be able to voice my opinion. I made sure I did my research, watched the debates, kept up with what was going on because I can finally be involved. Change is something that people are so afraid of and it takes time. I see progress and I cannot wait until I can cast my ballot to say that I took part in this year’s presidential election.
When I reached the golden age of seventeen, my mother began preaching the significance of voting. I can still hear her words of wisdom in my mind “You better vote so you have the right to complain.” I never really knew the true meaning to this quote until now at the age of 20. There are so many people that can sit down and discuss the issues of this country today, but very few can say they contributed in trying to make it better. People in our society today take the importance of putting a check next to a name on a sheet of paper lightly. Although one man or woman does not have the ability to change the world we live in alone, they have the power to allow change to occur. Many will feel as though their one little vote can not possibly make a single difference, but it will! When we do not vote it can affect the food that we eat, the money we make, even the gas we put in our cars. So remember before you complain, VOTE.
10/23/12why voting and voting nowMany American are registered to vote but don’t vote. This is very frustrating because even if you choose not to vote as a way to protest or just because you aren’t sure which candidate to vote for, those votes are such coward choice. It’s true that not choosing is choosing. There are also those who vote without being informed. Uninformed voters are almost as bad as the registered non-voters. People need to be able to make informed decision for this nation. American citizens have the future in there hand and avoiding this is NOT an option. We have to act responsibly to lead this nation.Priscila Cordova
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