Voting: An American Way of Life

For half my life, I’ve possessed the right to vote. For me, being allowed to vote at age 18 was more important than being able to drink (which I never did at that age) or smoke (which I’ve never done).

Oh how times have changed.

Today, of course, is one of those monumental, history making days. Today we vote for President of the United States of America – among other political positions. Today, I am not exercising my right to vote.

Before anyone tries to tell me it is a duty for me to vote, let me remind you of the following parts of our United States Constitution:

  • The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.— Fifteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
  • The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.— Nineteenth Amendment (1920)
  • The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election . . . shall not be denied or abridged . . . by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax.— Twenty-fourth Amendment
  • The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of age.— Twenty-sixth Amendment

In this case a right is defined as something to which one has a just or lawful claim.

A duty is defined as a moral or legal obligation.

So I am declining to exercise my right to vote this year. Right now I’m more scared of my fellow citizens than I am of the government. I’m terrified of what the extremists might do to this country once this election is over.

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