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America can no longer afford free-loaders

Pride and Privilege

By --July 15, 2012

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If you ask “Why should I vote?” take a moment to think about the things that are most important to you in your life that affect you and your loved ones.

  • Do you want the freedom to do what you want to do?
  • Do you want to work where you want to work?
  • Do you want to be able to pursue your own “American Dream?”
  • Do you want to succeed to the full extent of your desire and capability … to earn as much or as little as you choose?
  • Do you want to decide if you want to pray, when to pray, and to whom you pray?
  • Do you want to decide where to live?
  • Do you want to think for yourself and speak for yourself, unhampered by any thought-control?
  • Do you want the security of a peaceful society that values human rights … one in which you and your loved ones can grow and prosper without harassment?
  • Do you want honest government at all levels and for all people?
  • Are you willing to stand up for America and do your part in preserving her?

  If your answer is “yes” then bear in mind that in order to be entitled to all of the above, as well as to the many other blessings this country offers, you must vote.

  So much depends on your values, your beliefs, your dreams, your aspirations and your love of this country.  They’re important not only to you, but to all of your fellow Americans as well.

  Being an American is so much more than merely being a legal citizen; so much more than merely living within the boundaries of the nation or its possessions.

  It requires that you participate … without pressure from any source … in deciding how this country is run and who will run it.

  It requires that you give considerable thought to the merits (or lack thereof) of every candidate and that candidate’s political party.

  It requires that you vote.

  If voting is too much trouble for you; or if you don’t have the time; or if you don’t have the interest; or if you feel apologetic about America; or if you don’t respect the flag; or if you’re not a loyal American with a passionate love for this, the greatest country the world has ever known …a country that owes apologies to no one; or if you lean on
the greatest of all cop-outs …

“My vote won’t make any difference”… sorry!

If you don’t vote, you’re not the kind of citizen America needs. You’re not pulling for the American Dream as it was envisioned by the founders. You’re not bearing your share of the load as part of the team. How then can you feel entitled to any of the benefits and freedoms guaranteed by the United States Constitution, if you don’t vote.  And surely, if you don’t vote, you have no right to an opinion as to how the country is run.  If you’re an American citizen and you don’t vote, ask yourself if you really think you should even live in the United States.

Doesn’t it make sense to either get with the American program or get out?

America can no longer afford free-loaders.

Tom Doenges is a retired advertising copy writer and journalist living in northwest Ohio. He is currently engaged in free-lance writing and working on a novel about the auto industry.

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