I have to be honest – I struggled with whether to include this in my #30DaysofThanks series as I wasn’t even sure I was going to vote today. I’m so jaded when it comes to politics lately. I see link after link shared on Facebook, many that are just plain false – and these links end up with tons of comments about how “mad” everyone is about this false thing that they never even took the time to look up. (SPOILER ALERT: Obama didn’t slam stay-at-home moms.)
It doesn’t help that where I live my opinion is the minority opinion. When every other vote and voice seems to drown yours out, what’s the point in even voting? And I am completely lost when it comes to the issues and candidates; one thing I miss about living in California was the awesome sample ballots they would send out, so you could read over everything prior to voting day. The only thing we get in Texas is political ad after political ad, with not one of them being 100% true.
So really: what is the point in voting anyway?
The point isn’t about soldiers fighting over seas. People like to make that point, and it can be made, but that’s really more about a bigger, grander topic of preserving the ideals that our country was founded on and our country’s “best” interests.
When our Constitution was written, do you know who could vote? White men who owned property. Are you a white man who owns property? I’m not. I would have had NO voice in 1787. Woman were not guaranteed the right to vote in the United States until 1920. That was only 55 years before I was born.
The Voting Rights Act wasn’t passed until 1965. That was only 10 years before I was born. It wasn’t until then that all U.S. citizens who were already legally allowed to vote had that right protected.
And here we are in 2014. People are still accusing folks of trying to keep legally entitled voters from voting. I am nearly 40 years old and citizens are still fighting for their voices to be heard. So what trouble was it for me to stop by my polling place and cast a ballot? NONE. No trouble for me whatsoever. And for that I am thankful.