Why Vote?


Why Vote?

I’m surprised by the people who complain about our government, elected officials and tell in great detail what is wrong with our country and its politicians but have never voted. I’m not talking about young people who have recently reached voting age and haven’t exercised their right to vote either.

I hear all the time this or that should have been done differently and so and so politicians are corrupt or don’t know what they’re doing. Maybe they don’t know what they’re doing. When asked who you voted for the reply is usually – I didn’t vote. I didn’t like either candidate. I didn’t know what that amendment meant. I didn’t register to vote. Excuse after excuse.  

So let me say this plainly so even a caveman can understand. If you don’t vote you have no right to complain.

Yes that’s right, don’t vote – don’t complain!

I read that Colorado is on track to be the first state to achieve 80% of registered voters to cast their ballot. Rather than being elated, I’m disappointed that 20% of Colorado’s registered complainers have not yet chosen to vote. Do they not know that voting is a right of citizenship and not something to be taken lightly or given up voluntarily just because you don’t know or like the politicians running for office?

Not everyone has always been given the right to vote.

  • The Constitution was written in 1787 and ratified in 1788.
  • The 15th Amendment in 1870 guaranteed the right to vote for citizens of all racial ethnicities and served as the foundation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
  • The 19th Amendment in 1920 guaranteed women the right to vote.
  • The 23rd Amendment of 1964 gave residents of the District of Columbia the right to vote.
  • The 24th Amendment of 1964 removed the last obstacle by guaranteeing the right to vote for those who failed to pay taxes.
  • The 26th Amendment of 1971 lowered the voting age to 18.

With constant threats to fair elections, voter intimidation and both election and voter fraud don’t you think it’s time to get up off that sofa and go to the nearest polling station and make sure that your voice is heard loud and clear from your street to the halls of Congress and the White House.

There has been talk of lowering the voting age to 16 but it hasn’t yet been passed in Congress. But the fact that American citizens have fought and died for this country without having the right to vote for its leaders, only to have someone NOT VOTE BY CHOICE is…….is ANTI-AMERICAN and UN-PATRIOTIC! – I am the Real Truckmaster!



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