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Why I Vote: A Different Take

The American and Gadsden flag, along with the Seal of Virginia and an engraving of the Liberty Tree

Why do I vote? Because the principles behind these images are not static; they must be exercised in order to be maintained.

Babble is running a promotion in concert with First Lady Michelle Obama encouraging people to create pinterest boards with the reasons why they vote. Next weekend, Mrs. Obama will choose her favorite pins and pin them to her own board.

I’m not a Pinterest kind of guy. Too much like scrap-booking.

I looked through some of the pages already created by other Babble bloggers and there were two words common to most of the pins.

“I want.”

“I want equal pay. I want better education for my kids. I want free health care. I want paid maternity leave. I want retirement guarantees. I vote because I want stuff.”

Don’t get me wrong; I want stuff too and I will vote for the candidate who wants the same stuff I want, but that is NOT why I vote.

I vote because I was fortunate enough to be born in a country that recognizes the fundamental truth that government derives its authority from the governed. I vote because men who believe as I do fought and sometimes died to force a government who forgot that truth to relearn it.

I vote because that is what makes the difference between a citizen and a subject. If I don’t exercise that vote, then I might as well be a serf. There are some who would prefer that; I’m not one of them.

I vote because men died for the principle that legislation should reflect the will of the people, not some autocratic elite doing what they think is best for us.

I vote because every man and women who works in government works for me, and how will they know what to do if I don’t tell them?

I vote because my vote is my voice in DC.

I vote because the only other choices are apathy, tyranny, or revolution.

I vote because it isn’t just the right of a citizen, it is a duty.

I vote because it is my responsibility to do so.

Find a picture that says that, and I’ll pin it.

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